Southern States Soccer was founded in 2015 by former collegiate and professional soccer coach Nigel Boulton who later joined with a group of committed investors eager to bring elite, high level soccer opportunities to the local area and region.
In 2016 Nigel linked up again with his former All-American player and assistant coach Carl Reynolds who had been coaching in Spain at La Liga club Sporting Gijon and then later at the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. Along with Paul Roblin an experienced administrator and former youth soccer club President, they together spearheaded this progressive organization providing a full range of soccer services. Their belief that local clubs and associations were under serving parents and players by not providing the level of training and development necessary was the catalyst for this amazing project.
“The objective is to provide local youth the opportunity to pursue the game they love at an elite level.” Announced then President Paul Roblin at the 2016 player signing banquet.
From their base at The Oakes Training Facility, Carl directs ‘The Academy’ program bringing together players from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. ‘The Academy’ also includes a satellite location in Birmingham, Alabama. ‘The Academy’ program provides practices and games for elite level players including overseas training and games. Nigel Boulton is a staff coach at ‘The Academy’ along with Carl's sister Jade Reynolds the director of the girl's program. As well as staff coaches Antonio Marriel and Romar Smith, 'The Academy' also uses top quality, featured guest coaches. A state-of-the-art indoor (futsal) training center has just completed construction at The Oakes. As the Director of Player Development Carl’s focus is to bring ‘.. a true professional level Academy experience to every player we sign, with parental trust and honest communication our goal’.
As Director of Soccer Operations Nigel Boulton is also responsible for overseeing the groups college placement services.
Player Development Centers (PDC) have been set up to encourage mid-level players to improve and strive for the elite level, eventually pushing into ‘The Academy’ program when that potential is fully achieved.
Jade Reynolds is responsible for the girls program and played soccer in England for the famous Arsenal Ladies team before her collegiate soccer experience at the NCAA D-1 College of Charleston.
Southern States Soccer also assists groups and can provide for individual lessons as well as clinics and camps for both players and coaches.
Southern States Soccer has adopted the motto ‘Partum In Futurum’ - ‘Creating the Future’.