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Recreation Program Information Recreation Program Information

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ABYSA Recreation Program Overview

ABYSA Recreation Soccer Programs are now available in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison Counties!

Welcome to the club!
  With more than 4,000 children participating each year, ABYSA Recreation Soccer (4U-19U) is our largest program. Because the emphasis is on fun and participation, it is the ideal environment for most kids. The ABYSA Recreation Program is the entry point for children who are new to the game. Experienced players at certain age groups who desire a higher level of play should consider our HFC Academy (8U-10U),  HFC Academy (11U-12U),  HFC Intermediate (13U-15U), and HFC Competitive - Classic (10U-19U) programs. The graphic below illustrates the player pathways available for our ABYSA and HFC families:

Recreation Developmental Focuses:
In the ABYSA Recreation Program, the focus is on having fun, learning new skills, and developing positive character traits to help them learn to be a good teammate on the field and in life, and in return, we hope to further each players' enjoyment of the game.

Recreation Coaching:
Recreation soccer is coached by volunteer coaches/parents who are well equipped and supported by the organization and will receive weekly communications from the program director with the important info and weekly practice sessions provided throughout the season. Our coaches use a curriculum made up of fun and developmentally appropriate practice activities designed by our USSF "A" Licensed Director of Coaching and Player Development, Shane Weems. Shane is a former professional and D1 college soccer player who has been serving our coaches and players since 2004 as Director of Coaching for our Recreation program.  Shane also directs our Pre-Academy; Soccer In the Schools Program and our FUNdamentals Soccer Camps. 

Team Formation:
In recreation, teams are formed geographically so that practice can be as close to home as possible.   Also, when registering, please use the Special Request section to let us know if you are trying to connect with a certain player so that we can best serve you from start.  If you have a 'Special Request' to be placed with a specific player for carpooling, etc., both families must complete the special request section to help us place you accurately since many families register at different times during the registration cycle.

ABYSA Recreation soccer is offered every Fall and Spring

How to Register:

Click here for help and instructions registering
(Click here for PDF Version)

Be sure to download the PlayMetrics Mobile app for easy access
to your account, schedule, and communications!

Apple users click here
Android users click here

Para informatión en español
Monica Bastin
[email protected]

Fall 2022 ABYSA Recreation Registration Dates and Information 

Fall 2022 Registration Opens  June 1, 2022 
On-time Registration Deadline   July 1, 2022

Registration will remain open until all teams in an age group are completely full
If would like to know if a division is full, please go to your player's registration and check to see if your player's age group has a waitlist. If the age group has a waitlist, it is currently full. It is free to sign up for the waitlist and we do aim to get as many players as possible off of the waitlist so that they can participate with a team.

Other Important dates

7U - 19U Coaches Meeting
(When practice information is selected by coaches)
August 16, 2022
 4U - 6U Coaches MeetingSept 1, 2022
 7U -19U Rec Practices Can Start As Early AsAugust 27, 2022
 7U -19U First Games*September 10, 2022
 4U - 6U Soccer Playdates Begin*September 17, 2022

*For additional schedule and location information, please Click Here for the "ABYSA Schedules and Locations" section.

2022-23 Age Group Information 
Click on the division name to view an overview of program

ABYSA divisions are only based on birth year - NOT age or grade level - in accordance with the US Soccer Federation's guidelines
Player Birth YearDivision Name for 2022-23 season
 2019 4U Coed
 20185U Boys or Girls
 2017 6U Boys or Girls
 2016 7U Boys or Girls
 2015 8U Boys or Girls
 2014 9U Boys or Girls
 2013 10U Boys or Girls
 2012 11U (11/12U Boys or Girls)
 2011 12U (11/12U Boys or Girls)
 2010 13U (13 -15U coed or Girls)
 2009 14U (13 -15U coed or Girls)
 2008 15U (13 -15U coed or Girls)
 2007 16U (HS Coed)
 2006 17U (HS Coed)
 2005 18U (HS Coed - 18+"Adult Athlete")
 2004 19U (HS Coed - 18+ "Adult Athlete")

ABYSA Uniform Ordering Information

Beginning in the Fall 2022 season, ABYSA will be moving to an online uniform ordering system with Lloyd's Soccer. Lloyd's Soccer has been our HFC competitive uniform provider for over a decade and has provided exceptional quality and service to our HFC families in that time! Our ABYSA Recreation Staff has been continually evaluating our uniform ordering processes for the past several years and we believe that the time is right to make the transition to online ordering so that our ABYSA recreation families can experience a uniform system built around your needs. 

Click here for more information on how to order an ABYSA uniform for the Fall 2022 season

Sign up for HFC Pre-Academy (7U-10U)

Is your child is a 7U-10U player in Buncombe, Henderson, or Madison County who is playing rec soccer, but wants more time and help learning and mastering skills? Our HFC Pre-Academy program was created to offer an additional day of practice for players already participating in our ABYSA Recreation program or playing in other local programs. The HFC Pre-Academy program provides a platform to introduce players to a training experience consistent with ABYSA's/HFC's next competitive level of the player development pathway (HFC Academy (8U-10U), HFC Academy (11-12U), HFC Intermediate (13-15U), and HFC Competitive - Classic (10U-19U)) while still competing for their recreation team.

Pre-Academy players will go to their recreation team practice one day of the week and then come to Pre-Academy for a second practice each week. Families can choose the Pre-Academy day that works with their ABYSA Recreation team's schedule. The HFC 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 Coaches Corner 

ABYSA works hard to create a fun environment for both players and coaches. We provide resources for each age group, making it easy for our coaches to enjoy coaching--even with little coaching/playing 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 for coaches, so that 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]

NCYSA Risk Management Information for Coaches and Volunteers
Click here for instructions on registering with NCYSA Risk Management

Helpful Links Helpful Links

How to Register

Click here for help and instructions registering 
(Click here for PDF Version)

Be sure to download the PlayMetrics Mobile app for easy access to your account, schedule, and communications!
Apple users click here
Android users click here

Need a crash course in navigating your new PlayMetrics account?
Click here for a tutorial

Contact Us

Will Voss
ABYSA Recreation Administrator
[email protected]

Shane Weems
ABYSA / HFC Recreation Director of Coaching & Player Development
[email protected]

Silver Weems
ABYSA / HFC Assistant Director of Recreation Soccer

[email protected]

Para informatión en español 
Monica Bastin

[email protected]

FAQ's for Recreation

Click here for Buncombe/Madison County FAQ's
Click here for Henderson County FAQ's

Cost of Recreation

Click here to learn more about the cost of recreation
Uniform Ordering Information

Click here for more information on how to order an ABYSA Uniform

Sign up for 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 to learn more!

Camps and Clinics For ABYSA Players

Click here to visit our Summer FUNdamentals Camp Page

Click here to visit our Winter Futsal Program Page

Become a Referee (must be at least 14)

Click here for more information on becoming a referee

ABYSA Coaches Corner

Click here to visit the ABYSA Coaches Corner page

NCYSA Risk Management Information

Click here for Risk Management Instructions

Parent Education Resources

Click here to see our Parent Education Resource Page

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.


ABYSA Schedules and Locations ABYSA Schedules and Locations

Recreation Match Schedules

Each family can access their player's ABYSA Recreation game schedule by simply logging into your family's PlayMetrics account. Once you log into your account you'll click 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; 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.

Game schedules will be posted about 2 weeks before the 1st game date listed in the 'Important Dates' section.

Click here for instructions on using the PlayMetrics system (desktop or mobile version) to navigate your account and team calendar

ABYSA Recreation Facilities

Most Common Game Day Locations:

Buncombe CountyHenderson CountyMadison County
Buncombe County
Sports Park

Mills River
Brookstone Church
John B. Lewis
Soccer Complex
Veritas Christian
North Buncombe Park
Brookstone Church
Henderson County
Athletics and Activities
Center (AAC)
John B. Lewis
Soccer Complex

Common Practice Locations:
Each team's practice location will vary based on school district, age group, and coach preference. Coaches will select their team's practice location, day, and time at the ABYSA Coaches Meeting on the date listed in the 'Important Dates' above.

Click Here for the most common practice locations selected by our Volunteer Recreation Coaches.

Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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