Charlotte Soccer Academy

About CSA-Charlotte


Charlotte Soccer Academy is the only full service club in the greater Charlotte area, offering our members opportunities to play and develop at all ages and levels, progressing from Recreational soccer through regional and national level programs within the Elite Clubs National League. CSA operates six geographic divisions within Charlotte Soccer Academy, CSA-Charlotte, CSA-Matthews/Mint Hill, CSA-North, CSA-Hunterville, CSA-Uptown and CSA-Palisades/Palmetto.

The mission of Charlotte Soccer Academy includes a five-pronged philosophy:

  • An integrated soccer experience – Access to all levels of play.
  • Quality coaching and instruction – State-of-the-art curriculum for our players.
  • Reasonable fees – Leverage buying power, sponsorships and size to provide the best value for our members
  • Investment in player development at all levels – Charlotte Soccer Academy’s objective is for each player to have a balanced and fulfilling experience regardless of the level of play.
  • A family oriented environment – Players and staff will make friendships that will last a lifetime.

CSA-Charlotte was formed in 2009 as a result of a merger between South Charlotte Soccer Association and Charlotte Soccer Club. Beginning with the 2018 -2019 season, Charlotte United FC teams merged with CSA-Charlotte. This is our largest division with over 70 11U-19U competitive teams and 200+ players in our 10U Youth Academy. Our US Soccer Development Academy girls and boys teams are also based in CSA-Charlotte.

Primary facilities for training and games in the CSA-Charlotte division include our new complex, the OrthoCarolina Sportsplex, and CPI Fields at Flat Branch Park. Also utilized are Davie Park, Elon Park, and Mecklenburg County (Matthews) Sportsplex.

If you are new to CSA, please take a few moments to review our program information below to find the program that best suits your player.
For more information on programs and current team openings, please contact our CSA-Charlotte Directors.

Charlotte Info






Raymond Fraser - Section Director


Section Director-Charlotte



Erik Imler
Greg Henschel

Youth Academy Boys Director


Youth Academy Girls Director


Matt Ford
 Stephano Williams

11U-13U Boys Director


11U-13U Girls Director

Scott Ginn


14U-15U Boys & Girls Director





Gary Forbes  

16U-19U Boys & Girls Director

  

2020-2021 Program Overview

Charlotte Soccer Academy is the only full service club in the Charlotte area, offering our members opportunities to play and develop at all ages and playing levels from local Recreational level soccer to our elite programs offering regional and national competition. 


CSA operates six geographic divisions within Charlotte Soccer Academy:

Charlotte Soccer Academy - Uptown (CSA-Uptown)
CSA expanded to the Uptown area in Fall 2018. For 2020-2021, this location will serve 9U through 16U boys and girls. Locations used for practice and home games may include Randolph Middle School, Charlotte Preparatory School, McClintock Middle School and Sharon Elementary School.

Charlotte Soccer Academy - Palisades and Charlotte Soccer Academy - Palmetto (CSA-Palisades/CSA-Palmetto)
Teams will practice and play home games at The Palisades (14600 Grand Palisades Parkway, Charlotte). CSA-Palisades includes ages 9U through 14U and CSA-Palmetto serves age groups 15U-19U and participates in the South Carolina based leagues.

Charlotte Soccer Academy - Huntersville (CSA-Huntersville)
CSA expanded to the Huntersville & Lake Norman areas beginning with the 2016-2017 season. Teams will practice and play games at local Huntersville fields and the Strikers Soccer Center (Alexandriana Rd, Huntersville). For age groups 13U and older, teams are formed jointly with CSA-North and alternate practice sites.

Charlotte Soccer Academy-North (CSA-North) These teams practice and play home games primarily at our facility near the Davidson Road (NC 73) exit of I-85 and Frank Liske Park. For age groups 13U and older, teams are formed jointly with CSA-Huntersville and alternate practice sites.

Charlotte Soccer Academy-Matthews/Mint Hill (CSA-Matthews/Mint Hill) These teams will practice and play home games at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex off Independence Road, Colonel Beatty Park, Hellenic Park and Davie Park.

Charlotte Soccer Academy-Charlotte (CSA-Charlotte) This is our largest division. These teams will be based at locations throughout the south Charlotte area. Primary facilities for training and games are our new complex, the OrthoCarolina Sportsplex, and Flat Branch Park. Also utilized are Davie Park and Jay M. Robinson Middle School.

Please see the chart below for the programs that are available at various age levels. For more details on a particular program, please click on the link in the table heading. All programs except recreation require a tryout or formal evaluation. Tryouts are held in February (Rising 16U-19U Girls) and May of each year for the soccer season beginning in August. Please check the home page of our website for tryout information and current team openings. 


 Program Name
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 Eligible Ages For Fall 2020
 Notes
 Recreational Soccer  Ages 2-18 (Varies by location)  Boys & Girls/Charlotte, Matthews, Uptown. North, Palisades)
 9U - 10U Youth Academy  Birth Years 2013, 2012, 2011
 Boys & Girls (All locations)
 11U - 19U Classic/Premier  Birth Years 2010 through 2002
 Boys & Girls (All locations)
 Pre-ECNL for 11U and 12U
 Birth Years 2011 through 2009
 Boys/Charlotte, North/Huntersville, Matthews/Mint Hill, Uptown
 Girls/Charlotte
 ECNL National & Regional
 Birth Years 2008 through 2002
 Boys and Girls/Charlotte, North/Huntersville

Program Descriptions

Recreational Soccer

CSA's Recreational soccer program is open to boys and girls of all levels of ability. There are no player evaluations or tryouts - everyone who registers is placed on a team. Many players who are interested in trying out for competitive teams begin their training by building a solid foundation in our recreational program. Our Recreational program includes our 6U, 7U and 9U Junior Academy teams and pools, which are formed each season based on evaluations of players that show interest and aptitude for moving to our competitive program.

CSA offers Recreational Soccer in two primary regions: Charlotte/Matthews and the Cabarrus area. The Charlotte/Matthews program is our largest division, with practice locations in South Charlotte, Uptown, Matthews and the Palisades (Southwest Charlotte). The Cabarrus-based program offers three practice locations, including Mount Pleasant.

Rec soccer is offered in the Fall (August - November) and the Spring (February - May) seasons. Our youngest players (ages 2-4) participate in fun weekly sessions offered at our recreational fields through our affiliation with Soccer Shots. 6U-19U Teams practice one evening per week and typically play one game on Saturday throughout an 8-week season. We provide our volunteer coaches with coaching clinics, licensing, structured lessons plans and assistance on the field from CSA Staff Coaches. In addition to team practices, we offer optional, free technical skills training sessions for ages 6U to 19U in three locations. The training sessions are run by experienced coaches and give interested players more opportunity to develop and improve age appropriate skills. Recreational level camps are offered in the summer and pre-season clinics are also offered (Additional fees apply.)

Please visit our CSA Recreational website at www.csarecsoccer.com for details and registration.


Youth Academy Program

CSA offers the Youth Academy program to boys and girls ages 9U and 10U that are ready to move from recreational soccer into a curriculum focused on development of skills and techniques. The program, as recommended by US Soccer and the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, stresses player development over winning. CSA strongly believes that the Youth Academy Program is the best development option for children leaving recreational level programs. The training program is unmatched for preparing the youth player for higher level competitive programs. Interested players must participate in an evaluation process that occurs in May of each year. Once a player has accepted a position in the Youth Academy, they are committed to participate for the entire upcoming soccer year (August to May).


Youth Academy players train two nights per week and are strongly encourage to participate in the supplemental technical training session offered by CSA to its members at no additional charge. CSA Youth Academy coaches specialize in developing the youngest players and sharing their love of the game. The Youth Academy typically plays matches on Saturdays during the season against Academy teams from other clubs in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. A balance of home and away matches are played. Youth Academy teams typically participate in one CSA festival event and one other festival event per season.

NCYSA Classic/Premier Competitive Soccer

CSA forms teams at several levels of competitive (also commonly known as travel or select) soccer at each of our locations based on the results of formal tryouts held in the spring of each year. All players must attend tryouts every spring to be considered for a spot on a competitive team for the following year (August through May). Following tryouts, CSA will present qualified players with an offer of a position on a competitive team based on their demonstrated level of ability. Players and families are made aware of the team's planned playing level, coach assignment and travel/tournament expectations prior to player commitment. Once the player accepts his position on the team, he is committed to CSA and that team for the entire playing year (August - May).

Competitive teams train a minimum of two nights per week. In addition, players are strongly encouraged to attend the free supplemental training sessions to further improve personal skills and to attend off-season camps offered by or endorsed by CSA. Games are primarily on Saturdays and Sundays, although mid-week evening games are possible. 11U-14U teams participate in both Fall and Spring seasons, high school age teams (15U-19U) participate only the designated off-season for NC public high schools.

Competitive teams 11U through 19U participate in leagues administered by North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. NCYSA offers several levels of competition; CSA teams participate in the Select and Classic programs as appropriate. 

 The Classic league is divided into several playing levels based on team performance (Third Division, Second Division, First Division, Premier) as well as geographic regions. Teams play approximately 10 games per season in their region. Premier is the highest level of Classic soccer within North Carolina, is offered in age groups 14U-19U only, and consists of the top teams in the state based on league performance. Teams in the Premier division can expect to travel state-wide for their regular season games.
 Qualified teams in 13U-19U can apply to participate in the USYS National League (Piedmont Conference). The USYS Leagues Program is inter-state league designed to bring together the top teams in the region for advanced competition and opportunities to advance to National competition.

CSA's Classic teams can expect to attend 2-3 tournaments per season, which includes local competitions, out-of-town tournaments and a State Cup series if appropriate. CSA's higher-level teams can expect to travel more frequently and to more distant tournaments to ensure the highest levels of competition and exposure.

Pre-Elite Clubs National League (Pre-ECNL) for Boys and Girls

The Pre-ECNL program at CSA is designed for the elite 11U and 12U boys and girls who have a strong desire and commitment to reach the highest levels of play. The Pre-ECNL pathway helps prepare our players to go on to compete in the CSA National programs by providing a greater frequency of practices and games, a higher level of competition, individualized training and learning plans and futsal training and games.

Elite Clubs National League

CSA's Elite level teams in 13U-19U participate in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). The ECNL offers both Regional and National levels of play for boys and girls. CSA provides these players with the elite training and competition needed to prepare them for success at the collegiate and professional level. For information on our Regional Program for boys and girls 13U and older, please click here. For information on our National Programs, please click here.

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Charlotte Soccer Academy
13333 Dorman Road 
Pineville, North Carolina 28134
Email Us: [email protected]
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