Congratulations to all the players and coaches that are scheduled to participate in the East-West All Star Games in Greensboro this year!

All rosters have been posted for the girls and guys sides, and based off the rosters, this years event is scheduled to be an extraordinary match.

The boys and girls matches are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 19th at MacPherson stadium in Greensboro NC, one of the finest soccer pitches in NC located within the Bryan Soccer Complex.

The girls match will be at 6:30 p.m. and the mens match at 9:00 p.m.

The East Girls team will be coached by Chris Haddock (of East Montgomery) and the West Girls team will be coached by Kenan James of Forbush.  On the boys side of the game, the East boys team will be coached by Brad Spell of Clinton, and the West Boys team will be coached by Lynn Massey of Bartlett Yancey.

For the full rosters of boy the boys and girls teams click the "read more" link below.

Now the boys from CASL 98 Red have made it to the Region III Finals in the USYS Southern Regional Championship. With a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas, the boys will now move on to face CESA 98 Premier from South Carolina who won their semi-finals match by a score of 3-0.

Previously the CASL 98 Red boys had gone 3-0 in their group stage, while the CESA 98 Premier team had gone 2-1 overall in their respective group.

The finals is set to take place June 30th (Thursday) at 9:30 a.m.  As soon as more information is provided, we will continue to update on this website.  For more news on other NC teams, please click the "Read More" link below.

Congratulations to the 99 FSC Force Premier group of boys for winning the U16 Presidents Cup Region III Championship in College Station in Texas on June 19th!

The Fayetteville Force Soccer Club has been a staple in their community for several years, and led by coach John Callahan, the boys were able to take their trip all the way to Texas for a Championship season.

The FSC boys went 2-0-1 Falcons 00 Black (TN), CJSO Premier (MS), and ASG Tallahassee Florida (FL) finishing 1st in group play before moving on the semifinals.

In the semifinals, FSC faced Rayados Waller Azul (TX) and won by a narrow margin of 2-1 to move on to the finals for a rematch against ASG Tallahassee Florida (FL) who they have previously tied 1-1 in group play.

In the finals however, the FSC boys rallied and won by a final score of 4-1 in the finals.

In other notes, there were several other winners in the Presidents Cup Region III Championships.  NC Actually took home more Championships at the Cup than any other state.  Congratulations to 02 CSA Charlotte Torsion Girls (U13), 00 JASA Coastal Surge Black Girls (U15), and the CASL Juniors Red South (U13) on their President's Cup Championships.

Pictures from the FSC Club Facebook page can be seen by clicking the "Read More" link below.

 

The NCYSA teams of North Carolina have seen lots of success during the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championships this year, with several NC teams in all age groups performing well during the tournament.

In the U19 Division, the 96 TFCA Alliance has posted a record of 2-0-0 and are leaders of Group B with wins over (LA) CSC Fury 97 and (TX) Barcelona 97.

In the U18 Division, 97 HFC Red are 2nd in Group A with a record of 1-1-0 with a win over (TX) Houston Express 98 Navy and a loss to (GA) USA Norcross 98 Premier.

It's a tremendous nod to North Carolina soccer to have so many teams featured in the Regional Championships and is a testament to the development of soccer coaches across North Carolina, as well as the players that are coached by these coaches.  As usual the big competitors from NC are the TFCA, CASL, Triangle teams and appearances from Charlotte based teams.

The tournament quarterfinals are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 28th, the semi-finals scheduled to begin Wednesday June 29th, and the finals June 30th.

For more information on teams and their performances click the "Read More" link below.

The new pre-season is upon us at this point for most high school soccer programs, and for those that are familiar with FourFourTwo magazine, there are some great pre-season workout regimens out there already that coaches can use as a guide, if not a blueprint, for their pre-season workouts.

Not only does FourFourTwo offer Training tips for goalkeepers, defenders, strikers, and midfielders, it also offers insight to nutrition and tactics for the players and coaches alike.

We have found the following resources that we'd like to share with coaches in an effort to help new coaches gain an insight into the things that are included in pre-season regimens.  For more information on FourFourTwo magazine, click here. To read the full (or download) the 6 week pre-season workout plan for players, click the Read More link below.

The women's program of Pfeiffer University is currently looking for an assistant women's coach, which will be part-time position with compensation listed as open.

The women's program at Pfeiffer is currently being reclassified as a NCAA Div II program to a Div III program, and will join the USA South conference during the 2017-2018 soccer season.  The women also posted a 12-7-2 record last season, and is looking to be competitive again this year following in line with the National Championship men's side of the program.

Head Coach of the Women's Falcons is Robyn Horner.

The full job listing can be seen on the NCAA Soccer Coaching Jobs website by CLICKING HERE.  Good luck to the Lady Falcons this season and good luck to all the coaches who may be interested in applying for the job.

The NCHSAA has released all the rules clinics for the 2016 season.

Coaches must attend at least one rules clinic each year to stay in compliance with the NCHSAA as part of their coaching requirements.

This clinic can either be attended at the NCCA clinic in Greensboro each year, or it can be attended locally.  The local rules clinic is hosted by the local officials association and there is no fee that is required to attend, nor do you have to purchase the NCCA membership and ID card that is offered at the Greensboro clinic.

The full list of soccer clinics can be seen here by association:  NCHSAA Soccer Coaches Rules Clinics

For those that wish to attend the NCCA clinic in Greensboro, this year the guest speaker for all the soccer sessions is Bobby Muuss, from Wake Forest University.

More information can be found about the NC Coaches Association soccer clinic by clicking here.  No matter which rules clinic you attend, they are generally very easy and short, which is a nice thing and we as coaches appreciate that.  The Greensboro clinic is a great opportunity to network with coaches generally outside your area as well as the college speaker coach that usually is presenting topics at the clinic.  However, for those that are strapped for time, the NCHSAA local officials association rules clinic is a great option.

This week I began my summer maintenance for the bermuda grass field that I built over the last two summers.

It's been a difficult process, but I'm not experiencing a boom in the crabgrass on the field, as well as various types of sedges that have come in after the decline in the ryegrass that was overseeded during the winter season.

In this article I'll share as much information as I can so that other coaches in the state who are working on their field will be able to bypass all the mistakes I've made with my practice field.

Click the "Read More" link below to see some of the results in images and read more on the application and effectiveness of the selective herbicide.

It's that time of the year again for high school, clubs, and collegiate programs...well maybe.  If you're a collegiate program, you probably don't have the issue.  Bigger clubs might not even have the issue. 4A Schools could possibly not even have the issue, but some of us do.  The infamous "field management regimen".  

During the end of spring and beginning of summer, when cool-season grasses are dying out of an overseeded bermuda grass field and the bermuda is starting to green up, comes the time of year when coaches and others have to begin summer treatment of practice fields and playing facilities.

In this article, we'll look at some of the best practice and give some resources that might help coaches out in developing their own field maintenance program.

It's that time of year again for soccer summer camps.  Coaches across the state, whether club, high school, or collegiate, are offering the traditional "soccer summer camp" up to kids left and right.  There are a few things that coaches need to make sure they consider when offering soccer summer camps and some logistics that need to be considered.

First off, is there a demand in the area.  Many times high school coaches or youth clubs who have small numbers struggle in the current economy to get enough kids to warrant a soccer camp.  Thus the almost extinction of high school summer camps.  For those clubs who have a large base of players, club soccer camps can be an option.  Both are great fundraisers for the programs that have the privilege to host them.

The camps that are the most popular are the collegiate camps, who often charge over $300 for the residential version of the camp, and an average of $250 for the commuter versions.

For those hosting the camps, there are some logistics that have to be considered for the coaches and we will discuss a few of those here.

What did we learn last night from the US Soccer team's opener against a Colombia?

A majority of the attack from the Colombian team came down the right hand side from Cuadrado.  Very little was offered through the middle and during the beginning of the match, a majority of the possession was offered to the United States.  However, we did learn a few things about the U.S. Soccer team that could pose a problem during the rest of the Copa America.

Now the views in this article are mine alone, and not those of the nation.  However, it was clear to see that the United States offered little in attack.  There were some other woes defensively (along with a few bright spots) but they were both few and far between.

The Copa America starts this week, and it's been a while since a full on international tournament (not including the ICC) has been hosted in the United States.  

It was most likely the 1994 World Cup that started a lot of the soccer craze in the United States in the first place, not to mention the rise of Landon Donovan.

Now, with the tournament beginning and the US playing Colombia, is this an opportunity for players across the state to learn from "the best" by viewing and analyzing matches, or would you even use this tournament as a learning experience?  Is there anything to even learn from the tournament in terms of "how teams should play"?  Some coaches might would say yes, some others might would say no.

The US Soccer Foundation has released their schedule of courses for the summer of 2016.

The USSF is the premier coaching licensing program for soccer coaches, and the courses are instructed by the NCYSA on the lower level of the spectrum.  While the new F course can be taken online at the Digital Coaching Center, the next courses in line (the E, D, C, B, and A) licenses require an in person portion.

The E Course is scheduled to take place in several locations over the summer, from Swansboro, Raleigh, Ashville, and Pineville.  The D Licenses will be offered at Raleigh and Pineville this summer.

The NCYSA's State Cups ended this weekend, and lots of results are in. All the latest scores can be found at the State Cup Results page.  

The NC Youth Soccer Association is one of the best leagues for players to participate in throughout the state of NC, offering several competitive levels of play.  Congratulations to all the players that either participated in the NCYSA State Cup or the Kepner Cups these past few weekends.  

Boys High School Soccer could already be on the mind of some, with summer fast approaching and the Spring semester coming to an end.

Many high school coaches are already planning their summer workouts, and are preparing for a long 19-23 game season, not including jamborees that would be part of the regular pre-season regimen.

We would like to ask all coaches what they think are some essential parts of a pre-season, and how they prepare for the new year.  Please take the time to view our forums and let us know how you prepare for the high school season, or share information regarding other potential teams for the year and expectations for the 2016 Fall HS Boys season.

The NSCAA will be hosting several courses across North Carolina over the summer, with a great series of courses set to be host on one of the top facilities in NC, the Cary Wake Med Soccer Park.  Cary will be hosting the 2 weekend National Diploma and the 2 weekend version of the Advanced National Diploma during the weeks of 6/17 and 6/26.  This course is a great opportunity for coaches to further advance their soccer knowledge, as well as network with other coaches across the state (and some from out of state).  

Goalkeeping Level 1 and Level 2 courses will also be offered at the same complex but during July on the 15th-17th.  Coaches are encouraged to become members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and continue their growth in the game of soccer.  For more information on the courses, click the "Read More" link below.

 

We are looking for a wide variety of coaches who may be interested in contributing to the site here at ncsoccercoach.org.

If you would be interested in contributing to the site, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

As soccer coaches ourselves, we often find ourselves surfing the web to all the different sites we have to go to as soccer coaches, and we find the information hard to come by.

The purpose of this site is to serve as a central place for all NC soccer coaches to come to, to find all the information (or at least be linked to it) in one convenient place.

Through our efforts, and with the help of others, we hope to be able to help NC soccer coaches all across the state.

The Carolina Railhawks are currently (or at one point in time) were offering trial dates for players interested in playing at the next level up in the system.

The Carolina Railhawks Development Academy is one of the premier teams that players can play for within the US Soccer foundation.  They were looking for players that were between the ages of 12 to 18/19.  

Coaches can use the submission form given to nominate players or for players to nominate themselves.  As noted on their website, their initial trial dates were on 3/20 and carried on into May 3rd for the 18/19's group.  There may still be time to get a player nominated for the Academy if you e-mail Academy Director John Bradford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  To see the nomination form, click "Read More" below.