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Western North Carolina's
Home for Youth Soccer

Western North Carolina's
Home for Youth Soccer

Recreation Coaches Corner Recreation Coaches Corner

At ABYSA, we are committed to making coaching as much fun as playing. With over 4,000 children playing in the recreation program each year we use over 470 head and assistant coaches to serve the communities youth soccer players. ABYSA works hard to create a fun environment for both players and coaches. We provide preseason coaching clinics and meetings and a soccer curriculum for each age group, making it easy for our volunteers to enjoy coaching--even if they have no soccer playing or coaching experience. ABYSA takes care of all the details, supplying coaches with uniforms, schedules, rosters, cones, scrimmage vests, and practice space. We make it easy to get started, so volunteer coaches can concentrate on having fun while teaching the players' soccer skills as well as life lessons along the way.

If you are interested in coaching a recreation soccer team or have any questions, please contact Shane Weems, ABYSA / HFC Director of Coaching and Player Development at [email protected]. All coaches will need to complete the NCYSA Risk Management registration at the link below. 

NCYSA Risk Management Information and Links

Click here for detailed instructions on registering with NCYSA's Risk Management program

Fall 2023 Coaches Meeting Information

Age Group  Zoom Coaches Meeting Date(s)
 7U-OlderFebruary 15, 2024 - 5:30-6:30 - Zoom
 4U-6UFebruary 29, 2024- 5:30-6:30 - Zoom

ABYSA Modified Games Rules and Setup for Recreation
 - 3v3 games - Special format; game style may change depending on learning target
7U/8U - 4v4 games - No Goalies - Click Here
9U/10U - 7v7 games - Click Here
11U/12U - 9v9 games  - Click Here
13U-19U - 9v9 games - Click Here

Session Planning Libraries and Tools

ABYSA's Recreation Director will email coaches each Monday with Session plans for the week. Below are additional sources for practice plans and other resources for coaches:

- MOJO for soccer - Click Here
- NCYSA Lesson Plans and Training Aids- Click Here
- NCYSA Coaches Education Class Schedule - Click Here
- US Youth Soccer Coach Resources - Click Here
- The official US Youth Soccer coaching manual- Click Here
- United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Digital Coaching Education Center (DCC) - 
Click Here
- FREE USSF Introduction Course - Click Here
- USSF Grassroots (4v4, 7v7, or 11v11) ONLINE courses - Click Here
- United Soccer Coaches (USC) Education Center - Click Here
- United Soccer Coaches eLearning Center - Click Here

Below is a very brief summary of how US Soccer's 'Grassroots' soccer learning model is intended to help build the soccer experience in the United States:

Stage 1 - Grassroots/Recreation soccer introduction: Parents that enjoy working with kids and can make practice and games fun can create players that love the game
Stage 2 - Entering the Player Development Pathway: Players that love the game are more likely to be players who want to learn more or take soccer more seriously
Stage 3 - Entering the 'Giving Back' phase: Players that love the game and know the game become parents and coaches that love the game and know the game
Stage 4 - Strengthening future development cycles: Coaches that love the game and know the game build stronger and stronger soccer culture for everyone

Additional Resources

North Carolina Youth Soccer Association - Click Here
US Soccer - Home of the US National Teams -Click Here
Major League Soccer - Click Here

Helpful Links Helpful Links

 How to Register

Help and instructions registering with PlayMetrics - Click here for the PDF Version
Using the PlayMetrics system (desktop or mobile version) to navigate your account and team calendar
How to add and remove contacts for your player's PlayMetrics account

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
HFC Pre-Academy, Director
FUNdamentals Soccer Camps, Director
Soccer In the Schools, Director

[email protected]

Silver Weems
ABYSA / HFC Assistant Director of Recreation Soccer
[email protected]

Para información en español 
Monica Bastin
[email protected]

 FAQ's for Recreation

Click here for ABYSA FAQ's
Click here for Henderson County Specific FAQ's

 Cost and 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 an additional training experience consistent with ABYSA's/HFC's next levels 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.


Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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