Our Flagship Programs

Academy stars 


The Pinnacle of Youth Soccer.


Ages U15-U19.

MLS Next


Steppingstone of Youth Soccer.


Ages U12-U14.

Pre - MLS Next


The Path to MLS Next.


Ages U7-U11.

Little Kickers


The Fundamentals of Soccer.


Ages U3-U7.

Southern States Soccer is dedicated to cultivating the potential of every individual player with a unique approach that sets us apart. We pride ourselves on doing things differently, and our commitment to excellence sets high standards for everyone involved in our organization, from players to coaches. Together, we create a premier soccer training environment focused on the individual developmental needs of each player. Our philosophy emphasizes player development, success, and well-being, fostering a strong sense of unity among players and coaches. This holistic approach not only enhances individual growth but also contributes to the collective success of our teams.

"Partum in Futurum" (Creating the Future) encapsulates our ethos at Southern States Soccer. We have restructured our programs to align with the evolving demands of youth soccer, integrating MLS NEXT to enhance our offerings: MLS NEXT for ages U12-U14, Academy Stars for ages U15-U19, Pre-MLS NEXT for ages U7-U11, and Little Kickers / Pre Academy for ages U3-U7. The MLS NEXT program, as part of Major League Soccer's premier youth development initiative, provides a focused developmental environment where players refine their skills and prepare for higher competitive levels. This elite pathway equips participants with access to the best training resources and competition, ensuring they are part of a community that includes over 90% of the youth national team player pools.

Our state-of-the-art training facilities and coaching are designed to prepare athletes for both collegiate and professional careers, supporting our goal to enhance visibility and potential through high-quality programs. Academy Stars, tailored for older youth, pushes players to new heights, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of collegiate and professional soccer.

All programs follow our meticulously crafted Curriculum and Player Pathways, developed to revolutionize youth soccer development in the Southern US. These pathways ensure that every training session—held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at our Oakes Training Center in Oak Grove, Mississippi—is carefully planned and personalized, reflecting our commitment to individual progress and tailored development for players aged 3 through 19.

Our diverse coaching staff, rich in experience and approach, further enriches our players' development. Training under a variety of perspectives prepares our players for diverse coaching environments they may encounter in their future soccer careers. Guided by our proactive Board of Directors, Southern States Soccer continually adapts and refines its vision and direction, employing innovative team formation strategies based on individual skill and development. This flexibility allows for optimal growth and performance opportunities in matches and tournaments.

As we continue to expand the Oakes Training Center, we reaffirm our dedication to nurturing talent in a premier facility, ensuring that Southern States Soccer remains at the forefront of developing future soccer stars, backed by the prestigious and transformative power of MLS NEXT.

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