Evaluations for Academy and Tryouts for Challenge and Classic   

Information for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

In 2015 US Soccer announced a new Birth Year Mandate that clubs form teams based on the year players are born (January 1 – December 31). This is different than the current method used to create teams which closely follows each player’s grade year in school (August 1 – July 31). The Mandate will cause some players to stay in their current age group, while others may appear to go up one or two age groups. We will comply with the Birth Year Mandate put forth by the USSF; however we will use a flexible model that will give us the ability to consider players from two different age groups. This means that as in the past Henderson County Soccer Association may combine two age groups to build teams but will not allow players to play up two birth years (ie. U13 cannot play on a U15 team). The birth year mandate adds complication to keeping currently teams together in their entirety. For this reason we encourage all players to attend HFC and HCSA tryouts as to not miss out on playing opportunities. To read more about the Birth Year Mandate visit http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/08/24/18/07/150824-coaching-player-development-initiatives-rel.

To provide the best playing and coaching opportunities for players, HCSA will continue to offer programming in partnership with the Highland Football Club (HFC) for players looking for more development, professional coaching, and competitive matches.

HFC will offer the Academy program for boys and girls born in 2007-2008 for the second year in Henderson County. HFC will continue their expansion of program offerings in Henderson County with the addition of Challenge and Classic programming through the U12 (2005-2007 birth year) age groups. Henderson County players can register to attend the HFC tryouts and evaluations online at www.abysa.org.

HCSA will hold tryouts for the U13, U14 and U15 age groups. These players are also encouraged to attend the HFC tryouts in their age groups as the recent birth year mandates will divide current teams. Players born in 2004 now fall into the U13 age group. Players born in 2003 are U14. Players born in 2002 are U15. HCSA as always wants to ensure that players find the right team and environment for their needs as players. 


U13/14 Boys (born 2003-2004): May 31, 4:30pm-6pm & June 2, 6pm-7:30pm

U15 Boys (born 2002): May 24, 4:30pm-6pm & May 26, 6pm-7:30pm

U13/14 Girls (born 2003-2004): May 31, 6pm-7:30pm & June 2, 4:30pm-6pm

U15 Girls (born 2002): May 24, 6pm-7:30pm & May 26, 4:30pm-6pm

Tryouts held at the Athletics & Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St, Hendersonville, NC

All players must fill out the NCYSA medical waiver and have it sign by a parent or guardian prior to participating in tryouts.