YMCA Rome Arsenal Select Soccer programs are designed for boys and girls in the U13 – U19 age groups who desire a highly competitive level of play. Our players are comprised of the strongest young men and women from all over the region. Our nationally licensed and certified professional coaching and training staff is proud of its highly competitive international and professional playing and coaching experience. Arsenal provides outstanding player and team development, which results in consistently fielding some of the strongest teams in the state. Our focus on player development is an ideal preparation for high school, college and the Olympic Development Program (ODP).
Arsenal Select teams train two times weekly, however every player has the opportunity to add another night of additional training from our staff upon request. Arsenal’s Select teams play weekend matches against teams from other clubs around the Georgia area with an equal balance of home and away games during the season. Additionally, teams may choose to participate in various local or regional tournaments.
The Arsenal Select Program and its players make a mutual one-year commitment, which lasts until the tryout period the following year. While you are playing at Arsenal, we ask that you give careful consideration to absences so that the effect on other players is minimized. Regular attendance at practice sessions is encouraged and rewarded.
Arsenal expects players who represent the club to maintain high standards of personal behavior both on and off the field. We place great importance on academics and expect players to organize their activities to accommodate both schoolwork and soccer at high levels of achievement. We look to parents to ensure that their Arsenal players reach games and practices on time, to attend whenever possible with a positive attitude, and to participate in the running of the Club in some capacity.
Positions on Arsenal Select teams are competitively awarded and skill based. Arsenal hold open tryouts where interested players are evaluated by our coaching and training staff as well as guest evaluators from colleges and high schools. The skills, attitude and potential each player exhibited at these tryouts are considered when team positions are offered. It is the nature of these programs and inherent in the selection process that not every player will be offered a team position. We urge players who are not selected to take advantage of Arsenal’s Recreational program, supplemental training opportunities, and soccer camps to advance their skills and prepare for next year’s tryouts.
Read more about the Arsenal Select teams and their coaches in the links below.