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July 31 2012 at 9:00 AM
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Response to Ideally if you have a bigger foot print you will produce better teams


Atlanta is one of the last major metros to create mega clubs. And no NASA is not a mega club by national standards and SSA isn't there yet. If SSA and CF were to merge that would be a mega club.

Greater brand awareness with college recruiters
Greater financial ability to add/improve staff
Greater ability to support more programs and offerings
Ability to put players at the right level for their abilities

Questions will be?
Will SSA put together a comprehensive plan for improving their staff?
Will SSA add high level staff? SD is good start but one coach is not enough
Will SSA teams improve?
SSA's boys program lags well behind the girls program, will the mergers improve the boys program?
Can SSA obtain ECNL or partner with an existing franchise for the girls?
and so... time will tell.

There is the opposite approach... the boutique 'shop.' GSA is a good example of a boutique club. Reality is GSA is doing an OUTSTANDING job at it. Can GSA keep it up? Is it difficult to compete in this market when top players expect to free and GSA is specializing in top players?

I am glad to see Atlanta starting to offer both options. Atlanta needs a mega club. A club big enough to make a much bigger impression regionally. Atlanta also needs GSAs. Clubs specializing in putting together a handful of amazing teams, coached by some of the very best coaches available.

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  1. Barriers to entry into the "boutique shop" club market are low - Anonymous on Jul 31, 2012, 9:34 AM
  3. Removal of pay to play coming soon? - Anonymous on Jul 31, 2012, 9:56 AM
    1. People are not going to play for Cobb FC, even if it is FREE - Anonymous on Jul 31, 2012, 11:21 AM
  4. Can you give us some examples of mega clubs - Anonymous on Aug 1, 2012, 12:31 AM
    1. Dallas Texans - Anonymous on Aug 1, 2012, 10:13 AM
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