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AIYS Competitive program

The AIYS competitive program offers players at the U11 and older age groups the opportunity to play at a higher level. The mission of the program is to provide the number one soccer program in Jacksonville and the state of Florida, where players who have demonstrated the ability and commitment to play at the highest level can receive the advanced and competitive playing required to compete successfully statewide, regionally and potentially nationally.

Competitive Program Goals

Provide quality coaching to help, guide, direct and assist players to reach their full potential. Provide a training environment that is age-appropriate, challenging, motivating, enjoyable, encouraging, stimulating and realistic to the game. Provide an ideal game environment that is age/ability appropriate against teams that will push the players to their maximum capabilities, where players receive “fear free” playing time and are encouraged to keep possession goal to goal.  Have Directors of Coaching who have the education, background and vision to fulfill the club and program mission statements. Provide a player identification system that can find the top players and place them in the appropriate level and program.


AIYS competitive teams play in leagues and tournaments that are appropriate for their level of play.


AIYS competitive teams are formed each year through a tryout process.  If you just moved to the area and are interested in trying out you can contact Director of Advance Competition: Jay Denison [email protected].


Fees are set each year by the program and club.

Meet Our Competitive Coaching Staff

We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth soccer experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.

Ron Acker

Head Coach 2005 Real Amelia Boys Competitive Teams

Email: [email protected]

Ron has spent 6 years accomplished years with AIYS Real Amelia to help bring in the best coaches and best programs for young players.  He has played soccer since he was able to walk, and he has always wanted to be involved in bringing soccer to the youth in his community.  He is very excited to be able to be a part of the administration and coaching staff here at AIYS, and he hopes to continue to bring great programs for the Real Amelia Competitive teams.

Ron is a National "E" licensed coach and has worked with Recreational & Competitive Teams in several countries for over 16 years including his time with AIYS.

Mike Giannini

2003 Real Amelia Girls Comp & 2008 AIYS Girls Recreational Teams
Head Coach Fernandina Beach High School Girls Team
AIYS Referee Assignor
Email: [email protected]

Mike has spent  

Greg Calder

Real Amelia 2009 Coed Competitive Team
Head Coach Trinity Baptist College Women's Team

Email: [email protected]


Greg has been with AIYS since 2018, but he has coached soccer since 2000.  Greg has been a Head Coach  for collegiate soccer for 15 years; 13 of which has qualified for state playoffs. Before joining AIYS, Greg coached at the FC Barcelona Soccer Escola in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He was the only coach from the USA on a coaching staff that included coaches from Spain, Argentina, and Brasil.

Greg holds a United Soccer Coaches National Certificate.

Alan Lescalleet

Asst Coach 2005 Real Amelia Boys Competitive Teams

Alan has been with AIYS since 2018.  He is a retired Maryland High School teacher.  In addition to playing high school and college soccer, Alan brings over 40 yrs of high school, club and college coaching experience.  He has won two Maryland High School State Championships.  Alan was elected to the Frederick School Hall of Fame and the Alvin C. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame.

Richard Barnard

Real Amelia 2001/2003 Boys Competitive Team
Head Coach Yulee High School Boys Team

Email: [email protected]

Richard has been with AIYS since 2018.  He has over 25 yrs coaching experience between high school and collegiate soccer.  Before arriving in NE FL, Richard was the head coach at South Folk High, but has also filled the role of HC at Fort Lauderdale High and Asst Coach at Nova Southeastern University and Miami Fusion. 

Richard holds a NSCAA Adv National Certificate.
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