NCFC Youth Aims to Make Soccer Accessible to All Youth

As a nonprofit youth soccer organization, North Carolina Football Club Youth (NCFC Youth) has woven itself into the fabric of the expanding Triangle community for more than 40 years. The group is excited to grow with the community and to contribute to the overall quality of life for youth and their families through the game of soccer.

NCFC Youth strives to be a valuable community partner by providing access to soccer for all youth, ages four to 19, regardless of ability.
NCFC Youth strives to be a valuable community partner by providing access to soccer for all youth, ages four to 19, regardless of ability.
NCFC Youth strives to be a valuable community partner by providing access to soccer for all youth, ages four to 19, regardless of ability. The organization believes in the inherent benefits that participating in youth sports can have on youth, including teamwork, physical health, social skill development, discipline, sportsmanship, confidence and self-esteem.

Parents of youth players become part of the team, too. Friendships among parents, family trips and car conversations are all a result of kids participating in youth sports. The benefits of youth sports should be available to all young people who want to play.

YOUTH-TO-PRO SOCCER

NCFC Youth is opening up the game to more youth in the community in a number of ways as the product of a collaboration between youth soccer clubs Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), Triangle Futbol Club Alliance (TFCA) and the North Carolina Football Club, which is home to the group’s men’s and women’s professional teams—NCFC and NC Courage, respectively.

Combining resources and expertise, this collaboration allows NCFC Youth to reach more kids in the community and offer a high-quality youth soccer experience to players and their families.

More than 13,000 players participate in NCFC programs across all levels of play. In ad- dition, youth players have the unique opportunity to watch, interact and engage with pro- fessional soccer players from NCFC and NC Courage. These local role models are a great addition to the community and provide a positive influence to many NCFC Youth players.

FULL-SERVICE SOCCER PROGRAMS

La Liga del Sol serves 350-plus underserved youth, ages eight to 14.
La Liga del Sol serves 350-plus underserved youth, ages eight to 14.

NCFC Youth has long offered soccer programs catered to youth of all ages and abilities. As a full-service soccer organization, NCFC Youth offers programs from the most introductory level, which is called recreation soccer, all the way to the most elite programs available to youth soccer players in the country. Players can stay in the same program for the duration of their young soccer careers or progress to higher levels of play.

A majority of NCFC Youth players participate in its recreation program. No experience is required. Whether someone is four or 18, and even if they have never have touched a soccer ball, they can play in NCFC Youth’s recreation program.

About Katherine Eberhardt 1 Article
Katherine Eberhardt has been a part of NCFC Youth (or CASL) in some capacity as a player, coach, and/or full-time employee for more than 20 years. Soccer has had a huge influence on her and she is motivated by the ultimate goal of providing positive experiences and long-term impacts to young players. With a connection to professional teams, a variety of soccer programs, many fields, convenient access, and outreach programs, NCFC Youth seeks to expand its reach and have a positive influence on youth through the game of soccer.

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