Classic and Academy Program Descriptions
WCWAA is proud to offer competitive soccer programs for players and families interested in progressing beyond the Micro and Recreation level. Competitive soccer programs are offered for players starting at U8 and run through U19 through NCYSA and are subject to its rules and regulations. WCWAA offers players the chance to try out for spots in the Youth Academy for U8-U10 and on Classic teams for U11 – U19.
The Youth Academy is the entry into competitive soccer for U8 – U10 players. Players participate in the NCYSA Youth Academy program. Assessments take place in May for the subsequent fall and spring seasons. Youth Academy is a fall and spring commitment each year. Players are assessed each May for entry into the program.
Players selected into the Youth Academy are exposed to heavy emphasis on technical training and individual player development. Rosters are created each week for Match Playedates against other member organizations of the NCYSA Academy Program.
Players practice twice per week during the season within the Academy. Optional Additional Training is offered once a week in addition to regular practices. Players also have the chance to attend Academy GoalKeeper Training during the season.
Youth Academy teams primarily play the 7v7 format for games. Each season typically consists of 9 to 11 playdates with players being guaranteed at least 1 game per event.
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Classic Soccer begins at U11 in the state of North Carolina. All classic teams are registered through and participate in NCYSA sanctioned leagues. Tryouts for classic teams take place in May each year for the following Fall and Spring season. Classic soccer is a 2 season commitment for U11-U14 players and a 1 season commitment for U15-U19 players.
At U11 and U12, teams play in a 9v9 format. Clubs self select the divisions for each team based on the appropriate level for them. At U11 and U12, NCYSA offers Classic 1st Division, Classic 2nd Division and Classic 3rd Division. WCWAA teams primarily play in the West Divisions for Classic soccer. These divisions include teams mainly from the Greater Charlotte area as well as Asheville, Hickory, Huntersville and Boone.
U13 – U19 teams play the 11v11 format.
For the fall of U13, teams continue to self select their division of play. Beginning with the spring of U13, teams are required to qualify for their division of play.
U14 – U19 teams will play in either Classic 3rd Division, Classic 2nd Division, Classic 1st Division, Premier or SPL based on which division they qualify for. Teams will participate in the appropriate division each season based on the previous season’s results.
Classic teams train twice a week for 90 minutes each session. Optional 3rd Night Training sessions are offered for U11 – U14 teams when permitted. Goalkeeper training is offered for all classic goalkeepers each week during the season.
Classic teams typically play 8-10 regular season games and 2-3 tournaments per season. The actual number of matches is subject to the availability of team through NCYSA per the level of competition of each team. Tournament assignments are provided to parents at the beginning of each season. All matches are subject to change based on weather, rescheduling issues or situations beyond the control of WCWAA such as the NC mandates associated with the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
All classic and Academy teams begin each season with Preseason Camps in August and January.
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