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Old 05-03-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Hello,

I'm trying to navigate all the options and have been told that the Triangle is one of the most competitive areas in the country for soccer.

One coach was saying that many 8 y.o.'s play on several teams and will have a practice or game 7 days a week fall/spring while also playing in the winter and summer.

Is this the type of preparation you need for high school soccer in the Cary/Raleigh area? Also, how much travel would be necessary over the next few years?
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Most competitive soccer programs don't start unil U10 (ages 9 and 10) in this area. There are programs through most of the local club that are step above recreational level for 8 year olds...such as YDA (Youth Development Academy) Youth Development Academy (YDA) - Triangle United Soccer
or YTS (Youth Training System) Capital Area Soccer League . Most of the clubs in the triangle have these programs. Most challenge and classic programs are U10 and above.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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The major competitive soccer leagues are Triangle Futbol, CASL, Triangle United, Carolina Soccer Club, and a few others. I'm biased...we love Triangle FC :: Youth Soccer
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The major competitive soccer leagues are Triangle Futbol, CASL, Triangle United, Carolina Soccer Club, and a few others. I'm biased...we love Triangle FC :: Youth Soccer
People either love or hate CASL. It's interesting to watch the families that move their son/daughter from one club to the next, always hearing how the "grass is greener". I'm not a big fan of CASL, but they do tend to get the most attention from the college coaches for recruiting.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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People either love or hate CASL. It's interesting to watch the families that move their son/daughter from one club to the next, always hearing how the "grass is greener". I'm not a big fan of CASL, but they do tend to get the most attention from the college coaches for recruiting.
Oh not us...we didn't move from one club to the next...I was simply mentioning a few of the clubs that are out there. We've always been with Triangle FC :: Youth Soccer and are very happy with the staff & coaches.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Oh not us...we didn't move from one club to the next...I was simply mentioning a few of the clubs that are out there. We've always been with Triangle FC :: Youth Soccer and are very happy with the staff & coaches.
I didn't mean to imply that everyone switched - just that is was funny to watch the parents that did move their child in hopes of finding the "best" league. I have two that are TFC alumni. We had good experiences there as well as in FVAA (Fuquay).

To the OP, be prepared for the expenses if you play competitive. Driving / renting a bus, hotel rooms, food, etc, in addition to the tournament fees.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I only know about CASL (capital area soccer league) my girls have been playing there since they were 4. They start the competitive league at U10 (but players can always play up if they make the cut). They have try out for the "challenge league" - which are happening soon. My older daughter plays challenge, and she practices 2 times a week with games on Sundays (usually), her team also plays indoor during the winter. Some of the coaches will continue to have optional practice during the off season, but our coach does not do that, and we have a very successful team. Realize that at the challenge level the coaches are volunteers. At the classic level, the coaches are paid.

The challenge level we play about 12 games a season (fall and then spring) and go to at least two tournaments, but usually 4 - with two being local. Our team will probably also do some 3 V 3 tournaments this summer.

With Classic, the team practices 3 times a week, 2 in your region and one outside of your region (so if you are in cary, two in cary and one in the north raleigh area - usually wral). They also encourage outside training sessions once a week (like next level academy or private coaching sessions). With Classic the teams do play other classic teams, but they tend to travel more for games (they call them friendlies) and they do about 8 tournaments a year. There is more of a time commitment and financial commitment for Classic.

Hope this helps!

Leigh
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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Quick question semi-related to the OP's. We currently live in MD and my son has been playing soccer for a rec league locally for the last four years. He typically plays year around but we practice 1-2 nights a week with games on Saturday's. Are there any "rec" type leagues in Clayton? Or is soccer like football is up here?? The 4-5 nights a week, traveling etc. I'm all for my boys playing sports but I don't want it to be ALL they do.....
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Apex/Holly Springs
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There are rec leagues in Clayton. Here is one of them: Soccer | Greater Cleveland Athletic Association
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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