MLS Next

Our MLS NEXT program, previously known as Academy 2, is aligned with Major League Soccer's premier youth development initiative. This program is tailored for players who may not yet be at the elite Academy level or who prefer a less rigorous schedule of travel and games, but still seek a high-quality developmental experience.

At Southern States Soccer, we believe that MLS NEXT offers boys and girls aged U12 to U14 years the chance to pursue their dreams both on and off the field. This program supports the holistic development of each child—enhancing psychological, social, and soccer skills in a nurturing environment.

Following the same player pathways as our top-tier Academy, MLS NEXT is structured to match the individual pace and needs of each player. Building a solid foundation is our priority, and MLS NEXT provides the ideal setting to foster this growth at a personalized pace.

Players in MLS NEXT who demonstrate significant progress and readiness for more challenges may have opportunities to move up to older age groups or to train and even play with our Academy teams.

Our MLS NEXT athletes will have full access to all the state-of-the-art facilities at The Oakes Training Center in Oak Grove. These include our grass and turf fields, an indoor Futsal Facility, and video analysis screens. With these resources, we ensure consistent training throughout the year, regardless of weather conditions.

MLS NEXT at Southern States Soccer is more than just a program—it's a gateway to the highest levels of youth soccer in North America. By participating, your child will join a community that includes the nation's top young talents, with access to elite training resources, high-level competition, and a direct pathway to college and professional soccer careers.

Join us at Southern States Soccer and be part of MLS NEXT, where potential meets opportunity and the future of soccer is bright. Together, we'll pave the way for your child's success, both on the field and beyond.

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