Peachtree_City_MOBAby Russell Cooks

The game of soccer has grown tremendously in the United States in recent years. However, it has exploded in Fayette County. The McIntosh girls soccer team just won their 10th state championships, the McIntosh boys have won five, and Starr’s Mill has won a combined five championships. On all levels, Fayette County has been a hotbed for soccer talent.
Now, the MOBA Corporation has upped the game to the second highest level of the sport with the creation of the MOBA Soccer Academy. MOBA Soccer is a movement to position the state of Georgia to take soccer to the next level.
The movement was started by Volker Harms, the owner of MOBA. He was born and raised in Germany and holds an MBA degree from Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. He became a part of the family business and held a variety of positions in many different countries, and then in 2003, he became the President and CEO of MOBA. Volker played soccer throughout his life, leading him to develop MOBA Soccer academy. In his soccer career, he played in the third largest soccer league in Germany, with different clubs such as Borea Dresden, Limburg 19, and Viktoria Kelsterbach. Volker also holds a DFB B-Licence, and various US Licenses and coaches Youth from U7-U19 and adult teams.
The MOBA Soccer Academy will provide excellent facilities for top technical soccer training. Two high-quality, FIFA-sized artificial turf fields will allow for year-round training and games. The fields are scheduled to open by the Fall of 2016. Locker rooms will be available for teams in order to arrange games on a professional level, classrooms and meeting rooms will be provided for technical sessions and lectures, and a weightlifting facility rounds out their complete player development program by optimizing conditioning.
The academy will also field Peachtree City MOBA, a club that will play in the Premier Development League (PDL). Peachtree City MOBA will have its season from May through July.
Jutta Harms, director of Public Relations, says, “Our vision is to make Peachtree City, Fayette County, and Coweta County a memorable place that will be well-known for the game of soccer. Our mission is to bring pre-professional soccer to Peachtree City and the surrounding Atlanta area. The Premier Development League (PDL) is the highest amateur soccer league in North America and a stepping stone for many to become professional MLS (Major League Soccer) players. With our team, Peachtree City MOBA, we capture the talents of local, US and International college soccer players, former pro-players, and people with a similar skill-set.”
Harms adds, “We believe that with the MLS team Atlanta United FC beginning its season in 2017, this is a great opportunity for a bright soccer future for Georgia. Our vision for the Soccer Academy offers a state-of-the-art facility with two turf fields, seating for 1,000 people and indoor facilities with rooms for lecture, video analysis capabilities, team building, and a workout facility geared towards soccer.”
The team is already creating opportunities for soccer stars from Georgia. Nine of the 17 players are from Georgia. The MOBA team will play seven games at Starr’s Mill High School this year while the construction is being completed at their facility. The first home game is June 8 against Carolina Dynamo. Thes games will not only cater to an audience that is heavily involved in soccer. Every game is planned as a community event with local artists, school, and community involvement.