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Recreation Program Information Recreation Program Information

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

Recreation Program Overview

Welcome to the club!  With more than 4000 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.

How to Register:
Click here for instructions on how to register

Spring 2022 ABYSA Recreation Registration Dates and Information
(Madison, Buncombe, Henderson Counties)

Spring 2022 Registration Opens  November 11, 2022 
On-time Registration Deadline   February 1, 2022

Registration will remain open after that date, but any registration after February 1, 2022  will be considered a late registration.

Other Important dates

7U - 19U Coaches MeetingFebruary 15th
 **This is when our 7u and older coaches begin to select practice times for the season**
 4U-6U Coaches Meeting  March 2nd
 7U -19U Rec Practices Start February 28th  - March 4th
 7U -19U First Games  March 12th
 4U  -6U Soccer Playdates begin March 19th

Age Group Information for players in the 2021 Fall - 2022 Spring  - Click on the division name to view an overview

*Please note that divisions are based solely on birth year (NOT age or grade level)  in accordance with the US Soccer Federation guidelines*

Player Birth YearDivision Name
 2018 4U (4U Coed)
 20175U (5/6U Boys or Girls)
 2016 6U (Boys or Girls)
 2015 7U (7/8U Boys or Girls)
 2014 8U (7/8U Boys or Girls)
 2013 9U(9/10U Boys or Girls)
 2012 10U (9/10U Boys or Girls)
 2011 11U (11/12U-Boys or Girls)
 2010 12U (11/12U-Boys or Girls)
 2009 13U (13-15U coed or Girls)
 2008 14U (13-15U coed or Girls)
 2007 15U (13-15U coed or Girls)
 2006 16U (HS Coed)
 2005 17U (HS Coed)
 2004 18U (HS Coed)
 2003 19U (HS Coed)

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 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 by clicking here

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 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 

NCYSA Risk Management for Coaches and Volunteers

Click here for instructions on registering with NCYSA Risk Management 


Helpful Links Helpful Links

How to Register

Click here for instructions on how to register

Contact Us

Will Voss
ABYSA Recreation Administrator
[email protected]

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

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

ABYSA Coaches Corner

Click here to visit the ABYSA Coaches Corner page

NCYSA Risk Management Information

Click here for Risk Management Instructions


Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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