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Let your kids take their soccer play to the next level with the Triangle Y Soccer Club Challenge Program.

The Triangle Y Soccer Club is challenge-level club developed and operated by the YMCA of the Triangle to offer youth the opportunity to continue their soccer skills at the next level while embodying the coaching style, character building and youth development YMCA youth sports are known for.

Challenge is a competitive level of soccer where player expectations and development are raised beyond recreational soccer. Challenge is not “win at all cost.” Challenge is a player development level.

2021-2022 Season and Teams

Northern Region

All tryouts are held at the A.E. Finley YMCA fields.

Boys Teams
U10 (2012) Coach Andrew Meehan

U11 (2011), Coach Jason Liner

U12 (2010) Coach Jay Keel

U13 (2009) Coach Josh Newman

U14 (2008), no team in this age group. Players can try out for the U15 team

U15 (2007) Coach Sarah Macey

Girls Teams
U10 (2012), no team in this age group. Players can try out for the U11 team

U11 (2011) Coach Chuck Sawyer

U12 (2010) Coach David Pelter

U13 (2009) Coach Dave Malick

U14 (2008) no team in this age group. Players can try out for the U15 team

U15 (2007) Coach Chris Applegate

Southern Region

All tryouts are held at the Kraft Family YMCA on the front field. 

Coed Team
10U,9U (2012, 2013, 2014) Coach Reggie O'Rourke

Boys Teams
11U (2011) Coach Chad Barnhill

12U (2010) Coach Dan Davie

14U (2008, 2009) Coach Adam Steele

17U (2005, 2006) Coach Geoff Bost
Existing team with 1 - 3 spots available
Spring 2022 season only.
Interested players should email Mark Simmons.

Health and Safety

Extra precautions will be in place to accommodate social distancing and we have new protocols in place.


Unlike recreation, where all registered players are assigned to a team, Challenge teams are created through a tryout process with a strict maximum roster. Players are selected based on their soccer skills, work ethic, and focus. Challenge players should have a willingness and desire to improve their soccer skills. We recommend registering for our recreational soccer league during the registration period. In the event your child is selected for the Challenge Team at tryouts you will receive a full recreational league refund. 


Challenge teams practice twice per week, play regular season games on Sunday afternoons (plus an occasional Saturday), and attend tournaments. A player selected for a Challenge team remains registered to that team for one seasonal year (Aug. 1 through following May 31), which includes the fall and spring seasons.


Per NCYSA regulations, our teams will use a player's birth year (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31) to determine age group placement. 


Players are expected to attend both practices each week and be focused on the training session. Playing time depends primarily on attendance, attitude, and work ethic. However, since the game is the best teacher, players generally play about half the game and earn more playing time based on the above criteria.


TYSC Challenge teams play in the NCFC scheduling league made up teams from NCFC and other clubs primarily in Wake, Johnston, and Orange Counties. Teams play each other based on a schedule created by the NCFC league scheduler. Each season, Challenge teams play approximately eight games and attend local or out-of-town tournaments where they may play against teams from anywhere in the state.


Most regular season opponents are within the Triangle region. Typical travel time for away games is 30-60 mins with an occasional 75-min drive. Tournaments may be local or remote enough to require staying overnight.


NCYSA sanctions numerous tournaments during the year throughout the state. Our teams are eligible to play in any, or all, of them. Full-year teams have entry fees for two tournaments covered by their registration. Single-season teams (U15 & older) have entry fees for one tournament covered by their registration. The team must pay for any additional tournaments. Teams typically attend a tournament each season. It’s customary for most teams to attend the same tournaments, but teams may substitute based on their schedules and desires of the team.


Optional athletic performance sessions and winter clinics, each led by professional coaches, will be available to participants. As optional add-on training opportunities, these would be fee-based beyond the standard program cost.


Challenge teams incur more costs than recreation teams. Items like player/league registration, field usage, referees, and tournament entry fees are included in the costs. 

Sports Directors

Northern Wake, A.E. Finley YMCA, Kerr Family YMCA & YMCA at Knightdale Station, Berry Oliver & Darrian Saddler
Southern Wake, Kraft Family, Northwest Cary & Taylor Family YMCAs, Mark Simmons