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Competitive Program                                           

Thanks for your interest in the Amelia Island Youth Soccer competitive program. Our club offers players at the U9 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 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.

Competitive Program commitment is for one year and has two seasons:Tryout are in May.
Fall (August – November)
Spring (February – May)


AIYS competitive teams will play in the EDP North Florida league  EDP North Florida.  
The EDP Florida Competitive Leagues are designed to support the US Soccer mission to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States by focusing on player development; meaningful games scheduled appropriately so youth players can train, compete and recover, and sensible travel to save costs and time. The multiple leagues format and opportunities for progression are intended to provide readily understood pathways based on on-the-field performance that connect local, metro, and sub-regional levels of play with Florida to statewide, regional and national competitive platforms promoted by US Youth Soccer.

Each team will play 6-8 games per season and 1-2 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].


Uniforms are not included: Competitive kit is $120

U9-U10 Cost for Bronze Developmental Teams $400

U11-U19 Cost for Premier, Elite, and Bronze Team $450
Plus team fees of $150, this money is used to pay for tournaments

All players will be assigned their uniform number for the Competitive program. Please do NOT order your uniform before you have been assigned a number by your Coach and Team Manager.

Please remember that his is a two year cycle uniform. So you want to keep that in mind when deciding on the size for your player.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already purchased a kit for the 2019-2020 seasonal year, you do NOT have to purchase another kit for the 2021-2022 seasonal year. If you need to order additional items such as shorts or socks you can easily do so online. If you need another Game or Practice jersey, please contact directly and they can assist you.

CLICK HERE to access the 2019-2021 Kit Guide for Field Players and Goalkeepers

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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]


Jay Denison

Real Amelia 2009 G Competitive Team

Email: [email protected]


Jay has been with AIYS since 2011, and has been on the BOD for AIYS since 2012 and is currently AIYS President.  Before joining AIYS, Jay coached for 20 plus years in multiple sports to include soccer while serving in USMC, (Soccer, National USMC Rifle and Pistol Shooting team, Mixed Martial Arts, & Basketball). 

Jay holds a United State Soccer Federation D license.

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 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 Advance National Certificate Diploma.
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