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Recreation Program Info Recreation Program Info


*2012 North Carolina Youth Soccer Association "Program of the Year!"

With more than 4000 children participating each year, ABYSA Recreation Soccer is our largest program. Because the emphasis is on fun and participation, it is the ideal environment for most kids. This program is the entry point for children who are new to the game. Experienced players who desire a more competitive environment should consider our HFC Academy, Intermediate and Classic programs. In recreation, we use fun games to develop basic skills, such as ball control and dribbling, and to further players' enjoyment of the game. In the recreation program, the youngest age groups (U4-U6) have both practices and games on Saturdays, while the older groups (U7-HS) practice one day a week and play Saturday games.

Recreation soccer is coached by volunteers who are well equipped and supported by the organization and will receive weekly communications from the program director with important info and weekly practice sessions throughout the season. Our coaches use a curriculum made up of fun and developmentally appropriate practice activities designed by our USSF "A" Licenced Director of Coaching and Player Development, Shane Weems. Shane has been developing curriculum for coaches for over 18 years and is a former professional soccer player and youth coach with a coaching career spanning over 30 years. Shane has been the clubs Recreation, Pre-Academy and FUNdmantals Camp Director since 2004 and continues to work tirelessly to support our coaches while helping grow soccer in the region.


  • On-time Registration Deadline - All 7U and older players registering after 6/27 will be charged a $10 late fee. 4U-6U Deadline is Sept 1.
  • 7U - 19U Coaches Meetings - 8/17
  • 4U Coaches Meetings - 9/11
  • 5U/6U Coaches Meeting - 9/10
  • 7U-19U Rec Practices Start - 8/26
  • 7U-19U First Rec Games - 9/14 or 9/21
  • 4U-6U Soccer Playdates begin - 9/21
  • Madison County Friday night  4U-7U begins - 9/13

U16-U19 Boys  can receive a full refund (less processing fees) if they make a high school soccer team if they notify [email protected].org by Sept 1, 2019.


Any players with birth years on or between 2001-2016 are eligible to play in our Recreation Program.

4U - (Born in 2016) - Learn about our program for this birth year
5U - (Born in 2015) - Learn about our program for this birth year
6U - (Born in 2014) - Learn about our program for this birth year
7U - (Born in 2013) - Learn about our program for this birth year
8U - (Born in 2012) - Learn about our program for this birth year
9U - (Born in 2011) - Learn about our program for this birth year
10U - (Born in 2010) - Learn about our program for this birth year
11U - (Born in 2009) - Learn about our program for this birth year
12U - (Born in 2008) - Learn about our program for this birth year
13U/15U - (Born in 2007, 2006, and 2005) - Learn about our program for these birth years
High School (16U-19U)- (Born in 2004-2001) - Learn about our program for High School aged players.

Cost of Recreation

Click here for full details about the Cost of Recreation


Download the Dick's Team Central HQ app to your phone and log in with your Blue Sombrero username and password for easiest retrieval of schedule.  If you are using a computer then each family can access their player's schedule by simply logging into your families account above.  Once you log into your account you'll click on your child's team link to view the team page. Once on the team page, you can access the schedule by clicking on the schedule tab. Please check back each Friday before games during the season to make sure there hasn't been a change in the schedule for your child's team. There are times; although rare, when games need to be moved; therefore, checking back each Friday will make sure you end up at your proper game location. When games are canceled due to weather we will update the schedule by the following Wednesday.

Sign up for Pre-Academy!

Are you a 7U-10U player in Buncombe, Henderson, or Madison Counties but want more!? Our Pre-Academy program was created to offer an additional day of practice for players participating in our recreation program.  The program provides a platform to introduce players to a training experience consistent with ABYSA's/HFC's next level of play (HFC Academy and HFC Classic). Players will go to their recreation team practice one day of the week and then come to “Pre-Academy” for a second practice. The Pre-Academy staff is made up of former professional or college players who want to give back to the game and help guide some of our youngest players as they learn the skills and concepts to find more enjoyment in the game.

Click here to learn more about our Pre-Academy Program!

ABYSA Sportsmanship Award

ABYSA and ABC Pediatrics of Asheville are proud of our ongoing partnership with the SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD PROGRAM.

ABC Pediatrics of Asheville and ABYSA, recognize that the life lessons learned from being part of a sports team are just as important as the physical activity and exercise that sport provides. We are grateful to ABC Pediatrics for helping us make learning about sportsmanship a core value of our recreation program and providing a format for coaches and parents to help our children learn these important lessons. We hope you will join us in using this program as a teaching tool.

Details about the program, information about the importance of sportsmanship, and a link to the ABC Pediatrics of Asheville website can be found clicking here

Coaches Corner

ABYSA works hard to create a fun environment for both players and coaches. We provide preseason coaching clinics and a soccer curriculum for each age group, making it easy for our coaches to enjoy coaching--even with little coaching experience. ABYSA takes care of all the details, supplying coaches with practice plans, schedules, rosters, cones, scrimmage vests, and practice space as well as offering preseason coaches meetings and clinics. We work hard to make it easy to get started, so coaches can concentrate on having fun while teaching the player's soccer skills as well as important life lessons along the way.  In fact, coaching in ABYSA is almost as fun as playing so if you are interested in coaching then please contact [email protected].

Click here to view our Coaches Corner page!

Risk Management Link

Click here for instructions on Registering with Risk Management 

Rec 3v3 Soccer Bash

On Saturday, June 2 ABYSA will be hosting a 3v3 soccer festival for U7 and older teams.  Teams will consist of 5-6 players all Rec players registered with ABYSA 
for Fall 2017-Spring 2018 are welcome.  Players whose teams do not wish to participate may register as individuals and we will attempt to find you a team.  Each team will play 3 24-minute games and participation medals will be given for U7-U10 players and U11 and older teams will compete for trophies.  The cost is $75/team or $15 per individual.  The deadline to register is May 22.

Click here for printable team registration forms
Click here for individual registration forms


Helpful Links





Contact Us

Shane Weems
ABYSA / HFC Recreation Director of Coaching & Player Development
[email protected]
828-299-7277 x304

Gary Tittle
ABYSA / HFC Recreation Administrator
[email protected]
828-299-7277 x305

Cost of Recreation

Click here to learn more about the Cost of Recreation

Recreation Program FAQ

Click here for Recreation FAQs

Sign up for Pre-Academy!

This program provides a platform to introduce 7U-10U rec players to a training experience consistent with ABYSA's/HFC's next level of play (HFC Academy and HFC Competitive). Click here to learn more!

ABYSA Fundamentals Camps

Click here to visit our FUNdamentals Camp Page

ABYSA Coaches Corner

Click here to visit the ABYSA Coaches Corner page

Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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