Tormenta FC Tryouts

South Georgia Tormenta FC is a professional soccer team based in Statesboro, Georgia. The club competes in the USL League One, the third division of American soccer.

Tormenta FC

Tormenta FC Youth Development System

The mission of Tormenta FC Academy is to develop youth through the sport of soccer by providing exceptional leadership, a commitment to best practices, and a belief that fun is the reason that kids want to play and why they keep playing. We seek to be a catalyst in the communities we live in.

At Tormenta FC, we decided to create a youth soccer club that would restore and strengthen trust among players, parents, coaches, families, and communities to create an environment and culture in which all soccer-playing participants could thrive. Reimagining the modern youth soccer club as a place for developing our children into young adults of character has inspired us to create a safe and inviting place for all children to play — regardless of current athletic potential or mindset.

As the only youth soccer club featuring a direct path to a professional team in South Georgia and the Low Country, we will feature various playing levels and programs specifically designed to improve players season to season and year to year based on individual player commitment and dedication levels. Whether the intent of a player is to have fun and play more soccer, make their middle or high school team, participate in the leading youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the country, play collegiate soccer, compete at the professional level, or even to make the United States national team — we have a program and a path to help achieve those dreams.

Our vision for success is to create an environment and culture in which all members thrive. Tormenta FC Academy participants develop a love for the game that will take them into adulthood, experience soccer at the highest level possible given their athletic potential, and learn important and valuable life skills and lessons that the sport is uniquely positioned to teach.

PATHWAY TO PROFESSIONAL SOCCER – BOYS & GIRLS

As the only youth soccer club featuring a direct path to a professional team in South Georgia and the Low Country, we will feature various playing levels and programs specifically designed to improve players season to season and year to year based on individual player commitment and dedication levels. Whether the intent of a player is to have fun and play more soccer, make their middle or high school team, participate in the leading youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the country, play collegiate soccer, compete at the professional level, or even to make the United States national team — we have a program and a path to help achieve those dreams. 

TORMENTA FUTURES

Futures is a school-based program that delivers soccer practices for boys and girls between the ages of 2.5 and 10 directly at school. Our program works to create lifetime learners that appreciate physical activity and health. We teach soccer and movement education to students through a theme based curriculum that is based on fun, learning, and passion development. Get your school in the mix by reaching out to Courtney. Click here to learn more.

RECREATION SOCCER U4-U14

We welcome all boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of 4 and 14 to participate in our recreation soccer league. We bring the practices and games to you by offering playing options at the following locations in Savannah and Bluffton: Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex, The Landings, Southbridge, Abolt O’Brien Field (Wilmington Island), and the University of South Carolina Beaufort – Bluffton campus. Join in on the Fun and Learning this season. Click here to learn more.

PRE-ACADEMY U6-U12

The Pre-Academy experience is designed for boys and girls that live in Savannah, Statesboro, Bluffton, and Hilton Head that have an inclination to further developing skills in soccer. All training and games are local to the registered location. Pre-Academy prepares players to progress to the Junior Academy level and beyond through a dedicated, professional coaching staff that provides quality, age-appropriate instruction. Click here to learn more.

JUNIOR ACADEMY U8-U12

The Junior Academy program has been intentionally created for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12 to work towards on and off-field success. We offer team training sessions in Savannah, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Effingham, and Statesboro. At each session, the academy curriculum is taught in an organized fashion by our certified master coaches. Teams will compete in a league-based setting as well as multiple tournaments each season. Click here to learn more.

BOYS SELECT U13-U19

The Tormenta FC Academy boys select program competes at the highest competition level in the United States as we feature league play in MLS NEXT, The South Atlantic Premier League (NPL), and South Carolina State League. Our teams also compete in high-level tournaments and showcases throughout the region. Coached by our professional coaching staff, teams are structured to provide your son with individual skill development and team success. Click here to learn more.

GIRLS SELECT U13-U19

The Tormenta FC Academy girls program competes in the National League Piedmont Conference as well as the South Carolina State League. Our teams also compete in high level tournaments and showcases throughout the region. Coached by our professional coaching staff, teams will be structured to position your daughter in the best possible position for development and success. We form teams in Savannah, Statesboro, Bluffton, Effingham and Hilton Head. Click here to learn more.

TOPSOCCER U4-U19

TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with different abilities. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl. Our goal is to enable young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage, and self-esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer. We offer TOPSoccer in the fall and spring season in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hardeeville. Click here to learn more.

SUMMER SOCCER CAMPS

Tormenta FC Academy camps are great soccer experiences for both veteran and new players. Our dynamic coaches educate through fun games that promote skill development, learning, character building, and exercise. Boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 13 are welcome to join us throughout the summer in the cities of Savannah, Statesboro, Effingham, Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head. Click here to learn more.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS (RDS) – SUMMER

RDS Summer Training will provide your young soccer player between the ages of 8 and 19 with training opportunities twice a week throughout the summer. We focus on training each player to become more comfortable in possession of the ball, a better ball striker in passing and shooting, and an increased ability of in-game attacking and defending. Players from all clubs are invited. Click here to learn more.

TORMENTA FC Academy Recruitment Trials

South Georgia Tormenta FC is excited to host open trials for aspiring soccer players from around the world. Male and female players will have a chance to try out for the club’s USL League One, League Two and W League teams. Trials will take place at Tormenta FC’s training facility – The Clubhouse Fields – in Statesboro, Georgia.

Tormenta FC is always on the lookout for our region’s and country’s best and brightest players to win championships with our USL League One and USL League Two teams.

Tormenta FC is a club that is committed to combining an elite training environment that optimizes player development with a championship-winning mentality. Click here to view the official open tryout schedule.

TORMENTA FC Academy Recruitment Trials

Tormenta FC Academy provides unique opportunities for youth soccer participants in Georgia and South Carolina which are:

  • Offer programming for all skill and dedication levels in the cities of Savannah, Statesboro, Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head.
  • Provide high level professional coaching to ensure girls and boys have fun, develop into individuals of high character, and maximize potential.
  • Feature a direct pathway for boys and girls to professional soccer through our direct connection with Tormenta FC.
  • Participate in challenging regional leagues and tournaments.
  • Design programming and leverage connections that allow our players the best opportunity to participate in college and professional soccer.

For a full evaluation tryout schedule, please click here.


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Tormenta FC History

Since the Statesboro Pilots of the Georgia State League dissolved in 1955, it has been sixty years since Statesboro has had a professional club in any sport. South Georgia Tormenta FC was established in 2015, making it Statesboro’s first pro team in any sport since then. Darin and Netra Van Tassell are the ones in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Tormenta FC franchise, which is owned by Tormenta FC LLC.

The Spanish term “tormenta” literally translates to “storm.” Tormenta FC played its first ever home match on May 21, 2016, against the Carolina Dynamo in front of a total attendance of 3,105 spectators. On June 16, 2016, Tormenta FC defeated the Charlotte Eagles by a score of 2-0 to earn their first victory in club history.

The match was played against the Charlotte Eagles. After achieving that victory, the team went on to achieve a second victory in a row on June 18, 2016, when it defeated the Carolina Dynamo by a score of 1-0. Tormenta FC not only scored their first ever goal at home on June 23, 2016, but the squad also managed to win their first home match by defeating Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors 1-0. The match was Tormenta FC’s first ever at home.

On July 2, 2016, Tormenta’s winning streak of five games was ended when they were defeated by the King’s Warriors by a score of 2–1. South Georgia Tormenta FC was given the honor of becoming the first founding member of USL League One for the 2019 season on January 25, 2018. In 2018, the squad finished the regular season with a perfect record, which ensured that they would win the Deep South Division championship. Statesboro, Georgia served as the location for Tormenta FC’s playoff games for the conference.

On March 29, 2019, Tormenta FC played host to the first game of USL League One. They defeated the Greenville Triumph by a score of 1-0 and established a new attendance record with 3,519 people in attendance. After getting out to a strong start that had them in second position, the team struggled in the second half of the season, winning only two of their final sixteen matches. This dropped them to sixth place and eliminated them from contention for a playoff slot. Tormenta made the announcement that John Miglarese had been promoted to the position of Technical Director on September 16, 2020.

Additionally, Ian Cameron, who had previously served as an assistant coach and head coach of Tormenta 2, was promoted to the position of head coach of the first squad. Tormenta made the announcement that they will be fielding a women’s side to compete in the newly formed USL W League on June 8, 2021. The league will begin play in 2022.

Tormenta FC Stadium

Eagle Field is a soccer and track and field stadium that has more than 500 seats and is located on the college campus in Statesboro, Georgia, in the United States. It serves as the venue for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams of Georgia Southern University, in addition to cross country and track and field competitions. It is part of the Erk Russell Athletic Park, which is also home to the Allen E. Paulson Stadium (football) and several other football-related structures. 2005 was the year that saw its completion. Georgia Southern and Elon faced off in what was believed to be the first-ever night soccer game, which took place at Eagle Field on October 10, 2012 after new lights had been installed.

Tormenta FC Eagle Field

Tournament play for the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Soccer Championship was held at the stadium. Additionally, the stadium has played host three times for the outdoor track and field championships that were held by the Southern Conference, the most recent of which was in 2013. Eagle Field is the venue for Tormenta FC’s games in USL League One. The team intends to relocate to a soccer-specific stadium in Statesboro with 5,300 seating capacity in 2021, and building on the stadium is already underway.