The United Futbol Academy (UFA) was established in 2010, out of the need to promote the game of soccer and to provide a new soccer experience for the community. UFA initially was a merger between Atlanta Soccer Academy and Forsyth Fusion Soccer Club in 2010. Since then, Norcross Soccer Academy in 2014 and South Georgia United in 2015 have joined UFA to establish a larger presence. Since its establishment, UFA has also expanded into the areas of Dawson (2011), Lumpkin (2013), Lilburn (2014), Milton (2015) and Lawrenceville (2016).
UFA competes against other clubs within the state through Georgia Soccer, abiding by guidelines set forth by this organization. In addition to this competition, many of our travelling teams successfully participate in regional tournaments and the Region 3 Premier League (R3PL) which operates throughout the Southeastern United States.
UFA is devoted to providing a developmental structure along with quality instruction for children ages 3-18. In order to experience the game of soccer at every level, we offer various programs within the club: recreational, academy, select and TOPSoccer; which encompass each child’s soccer potential. We also offer an adult league for people over the age of 18.
UFA functions under the belief that the true value of success in soccer lies through the overall development of the inpidual player’s soccer skills (technical, tactical, physical and psychological) as opposed to the result of each game. To allow each player to develop at his or her own pace, we operate under the club system utilized around the world in which every player in each age group has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
UFA wants to be successful in creating an organization that sustains the club over time, contributes to the community, and provides valuable life experiences for young players.
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The United Futbol Academy (UFA) now has programs at the following locations:
- South Georgia
- Mountains (Dawson/Lumpkin)
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United Futbol Academy’s (UFA) mission is to provide soccer players of all ages the appropriate level of play and training in a supportive environment where skills for soccer are developed alongside skills for life.
Our goal is to promote the game of soccer by providing a positive learning atmosphere, where players can achieve their full potential in the development of their technical, tactical, physical and mental skills, regardless of skill and ability.
Our purpose is to create challenging programs that are attractive to the novice player, challenging to the average player, and demanding to the most advance player wanting to play at the highest level.
We want to develop a multicultural organization with a vast array of staff and players to further enhance the culture of the game in an environment that is professional yet enjoyable.
Skills for Soccer. Skills for Life.
Player Development Philosophy
At UFA, our method to developing players begins at the grass roots level and continues through the highest levels of play within our programs. Our motto – Skills for Soccer, Skills for Life – is the backbone of our philosophy. While we strive to develop each player’s soccer potential at the pace of the player, we attempt to help instill the moral values of life into the game of soccer. It is our challenge and responsibility to create an environment in which players can reach their full soccer experience that is necessary to be successful both on and off the soccer field.
The main goals of our player development philosophy are to:
- Create a soccer atmosphere that is both age and ability appropriate.
- Develop inpidual players who are comfortable
- receiving and releasing the ball,
- attacking and defending in 1 v 1 situations
- making creative decisions.
- Build team players who collectively can understand the basic tactics and their relationship with their team mates, from 3v3 to 11v11.
- Improve the fitness level and the desire to compete.
- Provide an environment where learning is fun and expected.
- Convey to our players that more learning creates more fun!
By doing so, we accomplish several goals: We help them gain tools that they can use to further unlock the game. The more tools and the more of the game they can unlock, the more enjoyable the game becomes. The more enjoyable the game becomes, the more they engage in the learning process and the more competent they become, and so on.