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Classic Soccer

Charlotte United, the Family Club, offers Classic level soccer to its members.

Overview: Classic soccer starts at U11 and is played by boys and girls. This level of soccer is reserved for the most committed and talented players. Player’s tryout to move up to the Classic level. If selected to a Classic team, U11 - U14 players are usually required to play both Spring and Fall, while U15 - U18 Boys play in the Spring and U15 - U18 Girls play in the Fall. U14 Boys & Girls teams that qualify for Region III play in the Spring, While U15 - U18 Boys & Girls play in the Fall.

Objectives: To develop deep technical and tactical skills while enjoying higher levels of competition.

Age Groups/Gender: Classic soccer is available to children ages U11 – U18 (the U stands for under an age as of 8/1 of a given year – Example: Your child would be considered U12 if they are 11 as of 7/31). Teams are grouped into divisions based on age, gender and level of play.

Team Selection: Tryouts are held annually in May, with supplemental tryouts held in November/December for U15 - U18 Boys.

Seasons: U11 - U14 players are usually required to play both Spring and Fall, while U15 - U18 Boys play in the Spring and U15 - U18 Girls play in the Fall. U14 Boys & Girls teams that qualify for Region III play in the Spring, While U15 - U18 Boys & Girls play in the Fall.

Competitive Level: Classic soccer is the highest level of competition for U11 - U18 players. Within classic there are four levels of play:

  • 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.

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.

Coaching: The coaches are experienced and qualified individuals with USSF or NSCAA coaching licenses. They are required to attend all practices and coach the team on game day.

Training: Teams train at least twice per week, some as many as four times per week. Practices are run tightly working on skills, teamwork, and strategy.

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 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.

State Cup: At U13, teams will start competing in State Cup tournaments.  

International Travel: Opportunities are made available for teams to travel for international play - tournaments & friendly matches.

Travel: Games and practices are held at venues throughout North Carolina against teams in the same division. Region III teams will travel across the Southeast!

Financial Commitment: Classic soccer is a greater financial commitment than recreational soccer. There are generally two types of fees for Classic - club fees and team fees. Club fees cover items such as trainers, uniforms, fields, player insurance, while team fees can cover team tournament fees, referee fees and items of that nature. Financial assistance is available for those who apply and qualify.

Questions: Contact one of our Directors of Coaching!

Age/Gender Director Email Phone
U11 - 14 Boys Sean Carlisle Sean.Carlisle@CharlotteUnited.com 704.421.1890
U11 - 14 Girls Catey Conner Catey.Conner@CharlotteUnited.com 336.471.7527
U15 - 18 Boys Michael Magno Michael.Magno@CharlotteUnited.com 704.231.9793
U15 - 18 Girls Ian Dennis Ian.Dennis@CharlotteUnited.com 704.737.3739