The GPS Premier Program provides year round training and games for male and female players aged 8-19 who aspire to achieve excellence.
Our emphasis is player-centric with long term development the number one priority (read more on the GPS Long Term Development Model here). The winning tradition that has been established over the past decade is based on each player improving significantly over the time they are with the club. All players conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the GPS Premier Team player code of conduct.
The Premier Program is divided into tiers and players are selected onto teams in each tier based on ability, attitude, commitment to the game and what GPS think is best for the player’s development.
Each tier follows the same methodology using the GPS Developing Player Plan curriculum (read more here), focusing on age-appropriate development around the four pillars of the game, technical, tactical, physical and psychological.
During the year, players are able to move between tiers based on what the GPS staff believe is best for each individual player’s development.
Teams are split into the following tiers:
- GPS Orlando I
- GPS Orlando II
- GPS Orlando Select I
- GPS Orlando Select II
- GPS Orlando Select III
All tiers are treated equally in terms of importance and attention from the Club and have the same basic program structure in terms of the length of season, the number of training sessions per week having professional, licensed GPS coaches who will often coach across multiple tiers.
Important details of the 2019/20 Premier Program
- 2 x team practices per week – girls teams on Monday & Wednesday, boys teams on Tuesday & Thursday.
- 2 x specialized soccer specific strength/conditioning & technique training per week (these practices start and finish a few weeks after / before season start / end).
- 1 – 2 x specialized goalkeeping practices per week with certified GK staff.
- Our home facility is Trotter's Park, with the majority of our teams practicing here. However, we do also have supplementary sites, such as Orangewood High School and other Winter Park, Maitland and College Park area fields. We will let each team know there planned schedule early in the summer, after tryouts are complete and teams have been formed
- Season begins July 29th for every team (date may change based on weather/field availability).
- Fall season for 2005-2001 (U15 – U19) age group teams will break on October 20th for the High School soccer season (teams may still have occasional practices/games/tournaments during this period).
- Fall season for 2012-2006 (U8 – U14) age group teams will end November 19th for winter break (teams may still have occasional practices/games/tournaments during this period).
- Spring season begins January 13th for 2012-2006 teams. Season ends May 17th (some teams may still have some practice, games or tournaments after this).
- Spring begins February 3rd for 2005-2001 teams. Season ends May 17th (some teams may still have some practice, games or tournaments after this).
- Top tier teams will compete in the state-wide Florida NPL (National Premier League) as well as possible secondary regional league (i.e. GCF, BYSL etc.).
- Second tier teams may compete in the FPL (Florida Premier League) and / or a regional league such as GCF (Greater Central Florida Youth Soccer League) or similar US Club Soccer based league.
- Third, fourth and fifth tier teams will compete in a regional league, such as GCF (Greater Central Florida Youth Soccer League) or similar US Club Soccer based league.
- 2009 (U11) and older teams may compete in State-wide tournaments such as FYSA Championship Series (State Cup, President’s Cup etc.) or the US Club governed Florida Cup.
- All teams will be entered into additional appropriate tournaments and showcases. General guideline is expect 2 – 3 tournaments in the fall and 2 – 3 tournaments in the spring (tournament costs not included in regular program fees, cost is dependent on each team’s competitive calendar which is communicated at the start of the season). The majority of tournaments are in-state, but some may require travel and stay out of state. Individual player participation to their team’s tournaments is mandatory and part of the competitive calendar.
- Professional licensed coaches for all teams.
- Elite Player Identification opportunities with the FC Bayern Munich ID Program and GPS National Team Program.
- Club support and guidance for all High School age players planning for a collegiate soccer career via our full time GPS College Liaison Officer and other resources (GPS College Education Night, GPS College ID Camp, national GPS network, showcase tournaments etc.)
- Mid and end of season player evaluations.