Classic Soccer

Classic soccer is the highest level of competition within the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA)

Our Classic teams compete within the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA).  Coached by our professional and paid coaching staff, Classic teams train at least 3 times a week, compete in 8-10 League games and will attend tournaments throughout each season based on level of play, age groups, and if the team is full or half-season. (Fall/Spring). 

Classic soccer is reserved for the most committed and talented players for boys and girls starting at U11-U19. Classic soccer focus is to continue to build on the technical skills that a player has developed thus far and begin to focus more on the tactical side of the game.

Team Selection

Tryouts are held annually in May, with supplemental tryouts held in November/December for U15 - U19 Boys and periodically throughout the year for other age groups.


U11 - U14 players are usually required to play both spring and fall, while U15 - U19 Boys play in the spring and U15 - U19 girls play in the fall.


All coaches are licensed professional staff coaches that are experienced and qualified individuals with USSF or United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) coaching licenses.


All classic teams train three nights a week.

2023-2024 Classic Tryouts

There are no tryouts scheduled at this time. Stay tuned for future dates.


Competitive Levels

Region III Premier

Region III teams compete against teams from across the Southeast of the United States. This is for U14 teams and older.


Premier teams play other top teams from across North Carolina. This is for U14 teams and older.

1st Division

1st Division teams play other teams from the Western half of North Carolina (Eastern half teams play teams from the East)

Open Division

This is reserved for U11 - U13 teams. This division is equivalent to 1st division at this age; however, clubs opt-in to play Open or 2nd Division.

2nd Division

2nd Division teams play other teams from the Western or Piedmont regions within North Carolina.


Games are generally played on the weekends. There can be multiple games on a weekend. They are intense and highly competitive. Playing time is not guaranteed; however, at U11-U12 player development is our main objective. Result oriented soccer becomes progressively more important starting at U13. Teams will participate in 2-3 tournaments. This could involve traveling to another city or state with overnight stays in a hotel, eating out, and usually at least three soccer games in one weekend.

Financial Commitment

Classic soccer is a greater financial commitment than Academy or Recreational soccer. There are generally two types of fees for Classic - club fees and team fees. Club fees cover items such as trainers, fields, player insurance, while team fees can cover team tournament fees, referee fees, coach’s travel/expenses, and items of that nature. And fees can be paid at once or divided into quarterly or monthly payments. Financial assistance is available for those who apply and qualify.

Team Promotion

Teams are promoted and relegated between divisions at the conclusion of each season (spring or fall) based on North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) standards.

Ready to find out more?

Contact the NRFA Director of Soccer Andy Stokes.

Questions about NRFA?

Contact the NRFA Head Registrar if you have additional questions.

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