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AFU Recreational Soccer Program For Beginners and Recreational Players


AFU Recreational Program Spring 2022: 



  • All Volunteer Coaching based program.
  • Available to Boys and Girls.
  • The rec program is open for children from 4 to 18 years old; regardless of playing level or ability.
  • There are no try-outs for this program.
  • Training during the week and games on weekends.
First Week of Practice:  February 28th  

First Games of Season:  March 12th   

The Season will run  approximately 10 weeks with an 8 game season

Scott Hudgens's Cup Tournament: TBA

Please check your child's age group for reference.

U5 2017
U6 2016
U7/8 2014/2015
U9/10 2012/2013
U11/12 2010/2011
U13/14 2008/2009
U15/16 2006/2007
U17-19 2003-2005

Who will be my child's coach?
 Our rec teams are coached by volunteers (normally a parent of a player).  We are always in need of coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers.  Please consider volunteering!

How are the teams formed?

Teams are formed from the general pool of registered players.  All players will be placed on age-appropriate teams. 
Please note: our u5 and u6 teams are co-ed.

I have registered my child for your rec program. What are the next steps?
You will be contacted by your coach approximately 1 week prior to the first day of practice. In the meantime, be sure your child has the appropriate equipment for the season (an age-appropriate ball, cleats, and shin-guards).

Practice days and times will be provided when Coaches contact players, the week of August 16th.  You may request one night that practice will not work for your family.  This can be done during the registration process.  We do our very best to honor that request.


AFU 1-Day Soccer Program Spring 2022:


  • Sessions are led by AFU Staff Coaches
  • Available to both boys and girls
  • Minimum age 3,  all U4 players will begin in this program
  • Sessions are Saturday mornings  only

We understand that many parents have very busy schedules and that’s why we have created a recreational, development-oriented program that is always on Saturdays at the same time so that you can schedule other activities for your child and family. These are super fun soccer-related training sessions led by Atlanta Fire United staff soccer coaches.

Coaches will use fun activities to work on the technical fundamentals of the game while incorporating skills to improve the physical development of young children. Below you can find the curriculum topics we will focus on. In each session, we will incorporate these skills at the beginning of the session, and end in a game- like atmosphere. The children learn from playing!

George Pierce Park
55 Buford Highway
Suwanee, GA 30024

Field: # 5 (next to the concession stand)

Program Dates
Players meet once per week for an hour - there are five (5) sessions per cycle.
There are 2 cycles being offered- you may register for one or both.

Cycle 1 – February 12, February 19, February 26, March 5,and March 19 (March 26 possible rain makeup session)
Cycle 2 – April 16, April 23, *April 30, May 7,and May 14 (May 20 possible rain makeup session)

*location and times might be adjusted
Program Times
10am – 11am – *3 – 5-year-old
11am – 12pm 6 – 7-year-old

The 3 year old players will participate in a Parent & Player format.  One parent per player will be able to participate in the activities being led by a staff coach. The coach will model the skill and the players (with help & support from a parent) can imitate the staff- and everyone gets to join in on the fun!

Curriculum Topics
Week 1- Basic ball skills/terms
Week 2 – Dribbling
Week 3 – Passing
Week 4 - Turns/fakes
Week 5 – Shooting
Week 6 – Scoring

What to bring
Plenty of water
Shin guards (worn with soccer socks, fully covering the shin guard)
Age Appropriate Soccer Ball

Ball Size 2 (3 – 5-year-olds)
Balls Size 3 (6- & 7-year-olds)

You can find these items by clicking the link or at Academy Sports/Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Ball size 3
Shin guards

We look forward to seeing you and your player (s) soon!

1 Day and Traditional Rec Program's Overview

Our goal is to create a fun and energetic atmosphere for all our players, coaches and families to learn and enjoy the beautiful game with family and friends. AFU’s well-established recreation program is the foundation of our club and the starting point for most of our players. It is our mission to provide each volunteer coach with the necessary equipment and knowledge in order to produce the best learning experience for our players and parents.

Our programs are run from 2 locations:  AFU-Suwanee (George Pierce Park) and AFU-Duluth (Bunten Road Park). Our Recreational program consists of 2 offerings:  AFU 1-Day Program and Traditional Rec Soccer Program. 

AFU Recreational Program (for boys and girls 4 to 18 years old)

  •  Volunteer Coach.
  •  Uniform not included, however a AFU recreational uniform can be used from one season to the next, for as long as it fits the player.
  • Price varies dependent upon players age group.
  • Weekly practices and weekend game.
  • Set team
  • u5-u8 practice one time a week for one hour per practice.
  • u10-u19 practice two times a week for 1.5 hours per practice.

Your player should come with the following:

  • Soccer Ball
  • Shin Guards
  • Soccer Cleats
  • Plenty of Water
  • Sunscreen/Bug Spray

Traditional Recreational Soccer Program Overview

U5-U6 Age Group

  • $124
  • (1) 45-60 minute weekly practice
  • Size 3 ball 
  • 10 minute quarters
  • game 4v4 game
  • Continuous play: New ball method New ball method – no player restarts,
  • if ball goes out of bounds, one of the coaches will put a “new ball” into play.  

U7-U8 Age Group

  • $144
  • (1) 60 minute weekly practice
  • Size 4 ball
  • 12 minute quarters game
  • 5v5 (with a goal keeper)
  • Proper player restarts (goal kicks, throw-ins, corners, etc.)
  • No punting
  • No heading

U9-U10 Age Group

  • $164
  • (2) 90 min weekly practices
  • Size 4 ball
  • (2) 25 minute halves
  • 7v7 with free substitutions 
  • Build Out Line
  • No punting
  • No heading
  • Eligible to play in State Cup matches (requires an additional fee to be paid to Georgia Soccer)

U11-U12 Age Group

  • $164
  • (2) 90 minute weekly practices
  • Size 4 ball
  • (2) 30 minute halves
  • 9v9 with free substitutions
  • Eligible to play in State Cup matches (requires an additional fee to be paid to Georgia Soccer)

U13-U14 Age Group

  • $164
  • RIAS – Recreation Inter-Affiliate Schedule
  • Play against top Rec teams in our area
  • (2) 90 minute weekly practices
  • Size 5 ball
  • 35 minute halves
  • 11 vs. 11 with free substitutions, 18 man roster max
  • Eligible to play in State Cup matches (requires an additional fee to be paid to Georgia Soccer)

U15-U19 Age Group

  • $184
  • RIAS – Recreation Inter-Affiliate Schedule
  • Play against top Rec teams in our area
  • (2) 90 minute weekly practices
  • Size 5 ball
  • 40 minute halves for u15/u16 (combined age group) and 45 minute halves for u17-u19 (combined age group).
  • 11 vs. 11 with free substitutions, 18 man roster max
  • Eligible to play in State Cup Tournaments (requires a registration fee per team to be paid to Georgia Soccer)


Recreational Soccer Program Director:
Craig Peter 
[email protected]

One-Day Program Director
Jean "JP" Prophete
  [email protected]

Recreational Registrar: 
Layla Corley  
[email protected]

 Please feel free to contact us!

Jr. Academy Skill Training Program

Want additional skill training with licensed Academy coaches? 
This program works best in tandem with the traditional Rec program.

Fields & Facilities

Where do we play?

George Pierce Park
(GPP – AFU Suwanee)
55 Buford Hwy NE, Suwanee, GA 30024

Scott Hudgens Park (SHP)
4545 River Green Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30096
Bunten Road Park
(BRP – AFU Duluth)
3180 Bunten Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

Click here to see where the fields are!


Volunteers Needed– How can I help?

Atlanta Fire United (AFU) needs volunteers!  The Rec league is run by Volunteer Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Managers.  Know someone who would like to Coach or would like to Coach yourself?  Please contact Craig Peter, Director of Recreational Soccer.

How else can you help?  Become a Coach, a
ssist at practice, help your coach by staying late with the child whose parent is a little late arriving after practice, or remove the trash that your team leaves behind after a practice or a match.

AFU is always looking for 
corporate sponsors. If you have an interest in helping, please contact
Craig Peter, Director of Recreational Soccer, at [email protected].

Interested in becoming a Referee?


For further information, contact Delroy Ziadie at [email protected]

Georgia Soccer Referee Page


What your registration fees cover

  1. Fields
  2. Referees
  3. Gear for Volunteer Coaches
  4. Program Administration (league and schedule set up)
  5. Player and team registration through Georgia Soccer
  6. Player Insurance (supplementary insurance through Georgia Soccer)
  7. Coaching resources for Volunteer Coaches (manuals, courses, and professional leadership)

IMPORTANT: AFU will cover all “out-of-county” fees for all non-Gwinnett residence registrants (Fee is usually $90).


AFU is proud partner of:


Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association
P.O. Box 296 
Duluth, Georgia 30096

Phone: 678-664-4238
Email: [email protected]

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