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What is Classic Soccer?

Classic Soccer is the highest level of play with regard to youth soccer in the state of North Carolina. Youth soccer in North Carolina is broken down into 3 levels, these are Recreational, Challenge and Classic with Classic being the most competitive. All three levels are sanctioned by the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA), which is governed by United States Youth Soccer (USYS). All players wishing to participate in Classic soccer must attend an annual, open try-out, regardless of whether returning to a team or not.

Seasons and Training:

Classic-level teams under 15 years of age play both a Fall and Spring season. If selected to a team, the player is expected to play both seasons. Players 15 years and older usually play one season per year: Girls play in the Fall and boys play in the Spring, opposite to their school playing seasons. Each season lasts around 10 weeks with most games scheduled on the weekends. Teams play between 7-11 games per season, meaning there are usually that many “game” weekends. A team may also choose to attend any number of tournaments during its season, both in and/or out of the state of North Carolina.

Players are required to attend a minimum of two 90-minute team training sessions a week and are encouraged to attend any additional weekly skills sessions if offered. Players are expected to attend a team camp prior to the opening of their season (if scheduled), as well as any winter and/or summer training opportunities as well. Failure to attend team practices can result in loss of playing time. There is no guaranteed amount of playing time at the Classic level.