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 Common ABYSA and HFC Player Pathways 

Which pathway is right for you? The chart below shows 3 of our most common player development pathways:
The Recreation Pathway, Development Pathway, and Competitive Pathway. 

 Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 Season Year AgGroup Chart 

How ABYSA and HFC Divisions are created and named based on US Soccer's nationwide guidelines:
[Year at the end of the Spring season] - [Year the player was born] = [ABYSA/HFC Age Group]
  For Example :  2025 - 2015  10U (Under 10 age group)

Birth Year
Age GroupABYSA
20196U  x
20187U  xx
20178U  xxx
20169U  xx
201510U xxx
201411U  xx
201312U xx
201213U xxx
2011 14U  xx
201015U  xx

 Programs at a Glance 

 Developmental Focus Coaching Staff 
Time Commitment 
(Per Week)
 Season Length 

ABYSA Recreation

 For players new to soccer or players who just want to play for fun

Fun and enjoyment are the focus of the recreation program! Players will be exposed to a club-wide curriculum to help build basic technical and tactical ideas within a team setting.

 100% Volunteer coaches1 practice (7U-19U)
1 in-house game
Fall and/or Spring
(Can play one or both seasons)

HFC Pre-Academy
 For players interested in experiencing a more structured and developmentally focused environment in addition to their Recreation team

An introduction to the Academy training structure and environment with an additional focus on basic technical and tactical ideas from experienced coaches

 Paid 1 practice
(In addition to a Recreation team)
Fall and/or Spring
(Can play one or both seasons)

HFC Academy

HFC Academy (11U/12U)
 For players interested in focused skill development to prepare for the demands of higher levels of play.

A training (practice) structure and curriculum designed to help players accelerate growth using developmentally appropriate skills and tactical development to prepare for higher levels of play.

 Paid2 practices
1 in-house game
1-2 festival events
Fall & Spring

 HFC Intermediate
 For players who want a more developmentally challenging and competitive environment, but aren't ready for the HFC Competitive program Follow a training structure and curriculum designed to help players accelerate development for higher levels of play  Paid 2 practices
1 in-house game
Fall (Girls) &
Spring (Boys) 

HFC Competitive 
 For players interested in being a part of the most developmentally challenging and competitive environment available

Help players reach the highest level of development and competition that they are capable of through the best available coaching staff using appropriate technical, tactical, and physical developmental focuses in each age group

3 practices
1 game*
1-3 tournaments

*games can be in Asheville OR out of town. At least 1 per weekend
Fall & Spring

  ABYSA Recreation

The Recreation Player Pathway is designed/ideal  for players looking for a fun and non-competitive environment. The Recreation Player Pathway utilizes 100 % volunteer coaching and is available for the 4U-19U age groups. 

Click Here for more ABYSA Recreation Program Information

 HFC Pre-Academy

This program provides a platform to introduce 7U-10U ABYSA Recreation players to additional training experience consistent with ABYSA's/HFC's next level of play (HFC Academy and HFC Competitive). 

Click Here for more HFC Pre-Academy Program Information 

 HFC Academy

The Academy program is designed to help 9U - 12U players improve their technical soccer skills which they will need to play at a higher level, as well as their love for the game. Our dedicated coaching staff follows a curriculum that provides players with high quality instruction and age appropriate activities which creates a fun learning environment. The majority of the players that enter the Academy during their 9U and 10U years move on to play competitive (classic) soccer once they graduate the Academy program. Those who aren't quite ready for the competitive level will enter our 11U and 12U academy program. 

Click here for more 9U/10U Academy Program Information

Click here for more 11/12U Academy Program Information

 HFC Intermediate

The goal of the HFC Intermediate Program is to provide players an opportunity to develop the individual skills in both the technical and tactical aspects of the game. This program is for those who aren't quite ready yet for Classic soccer.

Click Here for more HFC Intermediate Program Information

 HFC Competitive

The Competitive Player Pathway is designed/ideal for the player looking to play in the most challenging environment offered within the organization. Players on this pathway are typically looking to play at the higher levels as they get older (high school, college, professional). The Competitive level utilizes the best coaching resources within WNC and is available for the 10U-19U age groups.

Click here for more HFC Competitive Program Information

Become a Referee

Click here for more information about becoming a referee

Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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