Competitive – Academy Select


JIYSC’s Academy Select is a competitive program and is designed to meet the needs of players that desire a challenging playing environment. Based on the US Soccer Curriculum, technical and tactical training is provided and delivered age appropriately.  There is one primary goal associated with our competitive program: to enable each of our players to achieve her or his individual goals with respect to soccer. Since we service a wide range of players in our competitive program, this means that we must offer appropriate levels of competition.

In keeping with our desire to see each of our players achieve his or her individual soccer goals, we challenge our teams to be highly competitive in each with the ultimate goal of competing for and winning State Championships. This is a difficult task, and yet one from which we don’t shrink; after all, if we’re going to provide the challenges and resulting opportunities that our players deserve, we must be willing to dream as big as they do. After all, not many of our players will end up playing professionally – but helping each to learn to dream and to work hard to achieve that dream is something that will stay with that player forever.

USYS Soccer Pathway

JIYSC Academy teams compete in statewide competition in the Fall and Spring seasons. South Carolina Youth Soccer is a member of the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYS). US Youth Soccer is the largest member organization within the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). US Youth Soccer is organized into four Regions; SCYSA is a part of Region III.

South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) membership consists of 50+ clubs, and 20,000+ registered players. The purpose of SCYSA is to develop, promote, and administer the game of soccer among players under the age of 19 years old. The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association is part of a much larger soccer community. SCYSA is a National State Association for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and is a proud member of the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Why The USYS?

JIYSC are associate with the state leagues and place teams in the follow:

There is a correlation between the type of team and the league in which that team plays. Our tops teams are looking to progress through the leagues and compete in as high a league as possible.  National League is the platform our top teams work towards. To get there we must be promoted through the Piedmont league, where teams compete regionally. SCYSA Challenge teams are those in which the goal of the team is get promoted into Piedmont. SCYSA Presidents Medal and Open Soccer League are those in which the goal of the team more locally.