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Mar, 2023

Pre-ECNL Program Expansion

Date:  March 30, 2023

From:  Charlotte Soccer Academy, 13333 Dorman Road, Pineville, NC 28134

Contact:  Brad Wylde – 704.708.4166.

For Immediate Release: 

CSA Pre-ECNL Boys and Girls Program to Extend to the 9U and 10U Age Groups


CSA is excited to announce a new initiative that will start with the fall 2023 season, extending the current Pre-ECNL program to the 9U and 10U age groups. Following the success of the Futures program within the Youth Academy, combined with the rapid growth occurring at the younger age groups, and a desire to advance a larger player pool into our ECNL and ECNL RL program, the club feels it’s in the best interest of players to extend the current Futures program to a 9U and 10U Pre-ECNL program.

By extending the Pre-ECNL platform to the 9U and 10U age groups, it gives CSA the opportunity to grow the Youth Academy program in its Charlotte section, which hit it’s ceiling this year in terms of the number of players in the program. With the current player pool in our Charlotte Recreation program, it allows CSA to offer more players the opportunity to join the Competitive program in the Charlotte section.

The Pre-ECNL boys’ program will be directed by Ben Cook, who is the current Pre-ECNL 11U/12U Director of Coaching. Stephano Williams will take the lead role directing the girl’s side. Coach Williams is a current Director of Coaching in Charlotte who coaches in the ECNL National program as well as the Pre-ECNL girls’ program in Charlotte.

The CSA Youth Academy program will continue to operate as it has in the past with Greg Henschel and Erik Imler remaining the Charlotte Youth Academy girls and boys Director of Coaching respectively. Richard Butler will continue in his role of overseeing CSA’s entire Youth Academy program at all sections of the club.

CSA is extremely excited about the opportunities provided to players because of extending the Pre-ECNL to the younger age groups. Coach Cook and Coach Williams will host Zoom meetings in the coming weeks leading up to open evaluations explaining the programs and registration process for families that may have players in consideration for teams within these programs.

Open evaluations for the 9U and 10U Pre-ECNL will be held in conjunction with the Charlotte section Youth Academy evaluations during the first week of May at Flat Branch Park. Emails will be sent to the respective age groups regarding these programs. Continue to check the CSA website for the latest program information. Please see the attached FAQs for additional information. If you have any immediate questions regarding the Pre-ECNL programs, contact Coach Ben Cook at [email protected] about the boys program and Coach Stephano Williams at [email protected] about the girls program.

9U-10U Pre-ECNL Progrram Frequently Asked Questions.


Charlotte Soccer Academy is a premier youth soccer organization, offering members opportunities to play and develop at all ages and levels. Visit the Charlotte Soccer Academy website to learn more about CSA’s competitive, recreational, camp and tournament programs.



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