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 2-3 tournaments throughout each 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.

Seasons

U11 - U14 players are usually required to play both spring and Fall, while U15 - U18 Boys play in the Spring and U15 - U19 Girls play in the Fall.

Coaching

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

Training

All teams train three nights a week by professional staff coaches and players also receive two nights a month training with their groups designated Technical director.

2022 Classic Tryout Schedule Announced

Neuse River FA has announced the 2022 Classic Tryouts for the upcoming 2022/2023 soccer season. Players should arrive in soccer appropriate attire including soccer cleats, socks, shin guards and water bottle.

U11 - U12 Boys
May 10, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
May 11, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Knightdale Station Park
Fields 1, 2 + 3

U11 - U12 Girls
May 10, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
May 11, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Knightdale Station Park
Field 1, 2 + 3

U13 - U15 Boys
May 23, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
May 24, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Knightdale Station Park
Fields 1, 2 + 3

U13 - U15 Girls
May 23, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
May 24, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Knightdale Station Park
Fields 1, 2 + 3

 

U16 - U19 Boys
May 23, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
May 24, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Knightdale Station Park
Fields 1, 2 + 3

U16-U19 (2007 - 2004) Girls
(New Date Added)
May 15, 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Knightdale Station Park
Field 1
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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

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

Games are generally played on the weekends. There can be multiple games on a weekend. The games 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 for more questions our tryouts and other important details.

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