The team formation / tryout dates below are per the NE State Soccer Association for Tryouts at Gretna Elite Academy.

The age groups this effects are 11U - 19U (2012-2004)

** specific dates & times will be released in May **

11U-13U age groups – Tryouts Start June 6th  

14U and up – Tryouts Start June 27th





This is for all players born in 2015, 2014, 2013 for the 2022-23 soccer year.  Academy Clinics will take place on Wednesday, June 1st and Friday, June 3rd at the Gretna Sports Complex.  Academy Clinics is not a tryout as all players of these ages are welcome to join a team.  This is a free event but you do need to register so that we know how many jerseys are needed for distribution.
An Academy Open House is taking place on May 18, 2022 at the Gretna Sports Complex prior to Academy Clinics for anyone who is new to the Academy Program and wants more information or has questions.  Please go to the Gretna Elite Academy website under the Boys & Girls Teams / Academy Tab to sign up for the Open House and Academy Clinics.  




Please read through all of the information below as it pertains to Tryouts/Team Formation for the different age groups and leagues.  The current leagues GEA participates in are the NE Youth Soccer League, ECNL-Boys, NPL-Boys, ECNL-Girls and ECNL-RL-Girls.


June 6-10, 2022 Tryouts will be held for all players; boys and girls born in 2012, 2011, 2010 for all leagues.  Tryouts will be held during this week at the Gretna Sports Complex.


June 6th, 7th & 9th


2012, 2011 & 2010 Girls


June 6th, 7th & 9th


2012, 2011 & 2010 Boys


 Click on the link below to register.


June 13-16, 2022 Tryouts will be held for all girls born in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 who wish to play in the ECNL and ECNL-RL leagues.  Those who do not want to play ECNL/ECNL-RL but want to play instead in the NYSL will not participate in these tryouts but will join us later in June (see below).  These sessions will take place at the Gretna High School soccer fields:


June 13th & 15th

2004/2005 5:30PM-7:00PM

2006 7:15PM-8:45PM


June 14th & 16th

2009 5:30PM-7:00PM

2008 5:30PM-7:00PM

2007 7:15PM-8:45PM


Click on the link below to register:


June 27-July 1, 2022 Tryouts will be held for all boys born in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 for all leagues; ECNL, NPL, NYSL.  More information will be posted and communicated regarding the exact dates/times for each age group.  This will also be the dates of the tryout sessions for all girls born in these years who want to play NYSL on our Gold/White teams. Click on the link below to register.



Please Note: Due to some of our ECNL Boys teams qualifying for ECNL National play-offs during the week of June 27th, more information will be coming out on some additional opportunities affecting those ages.


Per the rules and regulations of NE State Soccer Association, clubs are able to offer to players on the first day of team formation, for any teams playing USYS/NYSL.  Click on the link below to see the information posted on the NE State Soccer Association website.
The GEA coaching staff will be announced, in phases, on the website by the first of May, 2022.  Online registration for GEA tryouts will also be posted on May 1, 2022.
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact the directors below per the programs listed.


Raphael Martinez, Academy Director:
Chris Dunford, Boys Director: chris.dunford@gretnaeliteacadem
Greg Jarosik, Girls Director:
Mitch Kavanagh, Director of Coaching:

Tryout FAQs

What are the fees?

Tryout and ID Clinic registration fee will be $10.

Is there anything that I need to bring to tryouts?

Players must bring a pumped-up soccer ball with their name on it, shin guards, cleats, and water.

What happens after the tryout?

After the tryout period has been conducted the club will present the player and their families a tryout acceptance/denial letter via email. If the player is accepted they will be given the name of the coach and the team that they believe best suits the player's skill level and needs. They will also provide the parents with the player guide giving some basic information about the club, fee structure, parent and player requirements, scholarship opportunities, club benefits, and the next steps.

Before a player can participate in any practices or games they must accept the offer, register for the team and complete any league paperwork as laid out in the offer letter.

* All players must register and attend at least one tryout to be considered for a team *