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What is the CFC Red Star Select Soccer program?

CFC Red Star is the select soccer arm of the Columbus Youth Soccer Association. In simple terms, “Select” soccer means that players are chosen (selected) for positions on teams using a means of assessment, such as a tryout.  Positions on teams are secured based on performance. This differs from recreational soccer where players may be placed on teams simply by signing up.

In Georgia, Select teams begin at the age of U13 as recommended by United States Youth Soccer.  It consists of a Girls Division (ATHENA) whose age groups are: 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U, and 19U and a boys division (CLASSIC): Age groups will be: 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U, and 19U.  Our most competitive teams play in the top Division in GA, known as the Georgia Premier League (GPL) initially.  This allows for those teams to compete to play in a regional league, known as the Piedmont league, consisting of teams from GA, AL, FL, TN, and SC. 

What is the CFC Red Star Academy Soccer program?  

The CFC Red Star Academy Program is the select developmental program for boys’ and girls’ teams from U09 through U12 and is sanctioned by Georgia Soccer.  This program focuses primarily on the technical aspects of soccer, preparing players and teams for our select teams.  

Why should you join our program?

Just this past year we placed over 25 players in the Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP), with 6 players making the Region 3 ODP team (best ODP players within 13 states), and we had 1 make the USYS ODP National Team. Several of our players have been called into US Soccer National Training Centers which serves as a scouting center for potential Youth National Team Players. Our Current U15 Girls, U16 Girls, U19 Girls and U19 Boys teams all competed in the USYS National League Piedmont Conference where they will be joined this Fall by our U14G and U14B. Our U16G team won the USYS National League, which is for the top 32 USYS teams in the country, and was going to be one of 8 teams left in the country to compete for a USYS National Championship before Covid-19 canceled the Championships. In addition, 6 of our 8 female graduating seniors have signed scholarships to play at the college level this fall as well.

Players who play on Red Star teams normally make up ninety percent of the Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi City Teams.  Our programs get players ready to play for their high school varsity teams to become immediate contributors.  

How does Red Star achieve this?  

Led by our Executive Director of Coaching Tony Frankovich, Director of Coaching Seyo Gruda, and Director of Soccer Operations Eric Steinhauser. Our staff includes 2 USSF A license Coaches (highest licensure available for a youth soccer coach), 3 USSF C license coaches, and over 10 USSF D license coaches. The level of coaching licensure our staff is unmatched in the area.

Contact information:

Should you have any general questions about our Academy program (U8-U12) please contact Eric Steinhauser at 706.326.3644 or Should you have any questions about our boys select program (U13-U19) contact Seyo Gruda at 706.615.5348 or Should you have any questions about our girls select program (U13-U19) please contact Tony Frankovich at 706.577.7866 or Please check out our website at or follow us on Facebook @CFC Red Star or on Instagram @ CFC_RedStar