An Overview for New Parents
The Capital Area Soccer League, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) which operates in Wake County to provide youth soccer opportunities at multiple skill levels. CASL is funded by registration fees, sponsorships and charitable donations. CASL is a member of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) which is a member of United States Youth Soccer. With that membership comes rules and operating requirements which CASL must follow.
One such operating requirement is playing Age Groups. Teams are formed based on the birth date of the participant. August 1 through July 31 is a playing age group. As an example, CASL’s youngest age group is Under 5. That means to play as an Under 5, your child must become five years old in the range of August 1 through July 31. Now, on to the Playing Program descriptions.
This division does not require any prior experience and contains age groups from Under 5 through U 19 (High School). Recreation coaches are volunteers and usually parents of players. Costs, game format, ball size by age group can be found under the Recreation tab. There are two seasons to a playing year, Fall and Spring. Each season requires re-registration. The Fall season generally begins with two weeks of practices in late August for U 7 and above age groups. The Fall games will usually begin the weekend before Labor Day and there are 8 games to the season. The Spring season practices will usually begin in mid-February with games beginning in late February or early March and there are 8 games to the season. Registration for a new player or re-registration for veteran players (played the last season with CASL), begins near the end of the prior season. For example, Fall registration begins generally around mid-April. Those players registered between mid-April and the first part of June are guaranteed placement on a team. If you register after the guaranteed placement deadline you are not guaranteed placement. We will, however, make every effort to place your child and we generally place all except those who register just before the season begins. NCYSA does not allow teams to be stacked. One of the methods CASL uses to comply with this requirement is to assign players to the same team who live near one another. As a further method to comply with state team formation requirements, we do not allow players to request a specific team. From Under 5 through Fall of Under 10, teams play games in their region of the county such as Raleigh, Wake Forest, Cary/Apex, or Garner. Beginning with the Spring of Under 10, teams are guaranteed four home games but the other four could be in another region. For example, a Cary team may have up to half their games outside of the Cary/Apex area such as Raleigh, Wake Forest, or Garner. Team scheduling is grouped to the extent possible to provide for competitive matches.
· U 5-U 6 teams play only one day a week usually Saturdays unless a rain make up moves a play day to Sunday. The playing format is 3V3. Uniforms are included.
· U 7-U 8 have one practice a week and the primary game day is Saturday. Occasionally there are Sunday afternoon games. Playing format is 4V4. Uniforms are included.
· U 9-U 10 have one practice a week and the primary game day is Saturday. Occasionally there are Sunday afternoon games. Playing format is 6V6. Uniform is included.
· U 11-U 12 have one practice a week and the primary game day is Saturday. Occasionally there are Sunday afternoon games. Playing format is 8V8. Uniform is included.
· Under 13 and Under 14 have one practice a week and the primary game day is Saturday. Occasionally there are Sunday afternoon games. Playing format is 11V11.
· Under 15 through Under 19 practice once a week with the primary game day of Sunday with occasional Saturday games. Playing format is 11V11.
Learn More About the Recreation Division
This division is a competitive playing level and without prior playing experience making a Challenge team is less likely. Tryout out participants may obtain their prior playing experience outside of CASL. Teams begin at Under 10 and go through Under 18 (High School). Coaches are volunteers but a coaching license is required. New players must attend a tryout and, if selected as meeting the necessary playing level, are drafted onto a team. Once on a team, performance must continue to meet playing level requirements but players do not have to re-tryout each year. Tryouts for Under 10 through Under 14 Boys and Girls are generally conducted in early June for Fall teams. Tryouts for Under 15-18 Girls are also conducted in early June. Under 15-18 Boys tryouts are not conducted until December. U 15-18 Challenge teams for boys and girls are dormant when High School teams play. For example, boys High School teams play in the Fall. Challenge U 15-18 boys teams play in the Spring and are dormant in the Fall.
The Fall season generally begins with two weeks of practices in late August. The Fall games will usually begin the weekend before Labor Day and there are 8 games to the season. Challenge teams will attend one or more away tournaments during the playing season and their games for that weekend are moved to another weekend. Returning players will re-register for the spring season. Spring practices begin in February and games usually begin in late February or early March.
· U 10 have two practices a week and the primary game day is on Sunday. There are some Saturday games. Playing format is 6V6.
· U 11 and U 12 have two practices a week and the primary game day is Sunday. There are some Saturday games. Playing format is 8V8.
· U 13 and U 14 have two practices a week and the primary game day is Sunday. There are some Saturday games. Playing format is 11V11.
· U 15 through U 18 have one practice a week and the primary game day is Sunday. There are some Saturday games. Playing format is 11V11.
Learn More About Challenge
Classic is the higher competitive playing division and travels to play some of their games in other cities. Tryouts are required to be on a team each playing year which means all classic players must re-tryout for a team each Spring for the Fall teams. Classic tryouts generally begin in late May to early June. Classic coaching is paid professional coaching. Player fees are higher than Recreation and Challenge due to costs of coaching and travel. Classic teams practice 3 times a week and games are generally on the weekends. The Fall season begins with practices in August and games begin in late August and run generally through October. The Spring season begins in February and runs through May.
Learn More About Classic