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: Recreation, 9U/10U Youth Academy, Select, Classic, Southern Regional Premier League, and US Development Academy. CSA operates six geographic divisions within Charlotte Soccer Academy, CSA-Charlotte, CSA-Matthews/Mint Hill, CSA-North/Cabarrus, 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. For the 2018 season, Charlotte United FC teams will be 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 CSA-Charlotte are 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 Directors

Matt Ford
Stephano Williams 

Youth Academy Boys Director
YA Technical Director-Charlotte

Youth Academy Girls Director
Acting 11U Girls Director
Technical Director-Uptown/Palisades
Raymond Fraser  

11U-13U Boys Director

Ben Cook
Andrew Brown

14U-16U Boys Director
Acting 12U Girls Director
Pre-USSDA Director

14U-16U Girls Director
Acting 13U Girls Director
Gary Forbes  

17U-19U Boys & Girls Director


2018-2019 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 levels: Recreation, 9U/10U Academy, Classic, Southern Regional Premier League, and US Soccer Development Academy. 

CSA operates six geographic divisions within Charlotte Soccer Academy.

New for 2018! Charlotte Soccer Academy - Uptown (CSA-Uptown)
CSA expanded to the Uptown area this season. Teams practice and play games primarily at McClintock Middle School. 

New for 2018! Charlotte Soccer Academy - Palisades and Charlotte Soccer Academy - Palmetto (CSA-Palisades/CSA-Palmetto)
These teams are based in the Lake Wylie/Steele Creek/Tega Cay area and formerly served by Charlotte United FC. 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.

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).

Charlotte Soccer Academy-North/Cabarrus (CSA-North/Cabarrus) These teams are based at our facility near the Davidson Road (NC 73) exit of I-85. CSA North teams will practice and play most home games at the CSA Red Ventures North Complex. The North-Cabarrus region includes a USSDA U12 Boys program.

Charlotte Soccer Academy-Matthews/Mint Hill (CSA-Matthews/Mint Hill) These teams will be based at the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex off Independence Road and Colonel Beatty Park near the town of Matthews adjacent to the Union County border, and will also utilize 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 CPI Fields at Flat Branch Park. Also utilized are Davie Park, Elon Park, and Mecklenburg County (Matthews) Sportsplex. This division includes US Soccer Development Academy teams for boys and girls at all age groups U12 and up.

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  Notes
 Recreational Soccer  Ages 2-18 (Varies by location)  Boys & Girls (Charlotte, Matthews, North, Palisades)
 9U - 10U Youth Academy  Birth Years 2010 & 2009  Boys & Girls (All locations)
 11U - 19U Select/Classic/Premier  Birth Years 2008 through 2000
 Boys & Girls (All locations)
 US Soccer Development Academy GIrls
 Birth Years 2005 through 2000
 US Soccer Development Academy Boys
 Birth Years 2008 through 2000
 US Soccer Development Academy Boys
 Birth Years 2008 through 2007

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 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 for ages 2 through 18 at our CSA-Charlotte and CSA-Matthews/Mint Hill areas. We recently expanded our program to the CSA-North/Cabarrus area and are currently serving ages 2-12 in Concord. Beginning in Fall 2018, we will expand to the Palisades area. 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. Teams are formed by practice night requests, coach requests, and player age. In addition to team practices, we offer optional, free technical skills training sessions for ages 6U to 19U in all 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 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.

Select/Classic/Premier Soccer

CSA forms teams at several levels of competitive (travel) 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 Select league is divided into geographic regions and participating CSA teams can expect to play 7-10 games per season within the West region. 
 The Classic league is further divided into several playing levels based on team performance (Second Division, First/Open 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, is offered in age groups 14U-19U only, and consists of the top 13 teams in the state based on league performance. Teams in the Premier division can expect to travel state-wide for 12 season games.
 Qualified teams in 13U-19U can apply to participate in the Southern Region Premier League (East). The SRPL is an inter-state league bringing together the top two teams from NC, SC, TN, GA, FL, and AL for 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.

US Soccer Development Academy

Please click here to read about the US Soccer Development Academy program at CSA, part of an elite, nation-wide program for boys age 12U-19U and girls age 14U-19U.

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Pineville, North Carolina 28134
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