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Let your kids take their soccer play to the next level with the Triangle Y Soccer Club Challenge Program, and learn why our families love it!

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. 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. 

2022-2023 Season and Teams

Central Region

Tryouts and practices are held at the Southeast Raleigh YMCA.

Boys Team
9U (2014, 2015) Coach JT Vaughn 
11U (2012-2013) Coach Jay Gomez

Girls Teams
10U (2013, 2014) Coach Casey Moye & Addie Huneycutt
13U (2010, 2011) Coach Anna Plowman 

Interested players should email Eric Rhinehalt.

Northern Region - Finley

Tryouts and practices are held at the A.E. Finley YMCA.

*All northern region rosters are currently full for the 2022 - 2023 program year.

Boys Teams
U11 (2012) Coach Andrew Meehan
U12 (2011) Coach Jason Liner
U13 (2010) Coach Jay Keel 
U14 (2009) Coach George Jeffrey
U16 (2007) Coach Sarah Macey

Girls Teams
U11 (2012) Coach Joseph Andrassy
U12 (2011) Coach Chuck Sawyer
U13 (2010) Coach Peter May
U14 (2009) Coach Dave Mallick
U16 (2007) Coach Chris Applegate

For additional information, contact Darrian Saddler.

Southern Region - Kraft

Tryouts and practices are held at the Kraft Family YMCA.

Coed Teams
9U (2014) Coach Tim Prati
10U (2013) Coach Reggie O'Rourke

Boys Teams
12U (2011) Coach Chad Barnhill
13U (2010) Coach Dan Davie
15U (2008) Coach Adam Steele
19U (2005) Coach Geoff Bost

Interested players should email Mark Simmons.

Supplemental Tryouts 

Supplemental tryouts will be held on The Kraft Y's front field on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 for the following teams (competitive teams are based on players' birth year which is noted in parentheses next to age group): 

Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. - Noon - 15U (2008) Boys' team
Dec. 3 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - 9U (2014) Coed and 10U (2013) Coed 

Dec. 4 from 1 - 2 p.m. - 15U (2008) Boys' team
Dec. 4 from 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - 9U (2014) & 10U (2013) Coed teams 

Please email Mark Simmons if interested in trying out.

Southern Region - Northwest Cary YMCA

Tryouts and practices are held at the Northwest Cary YMCA

Coed Teams
10U (2013/2014) (Tryouts May 24, 26 at 6 p.m.)

Interested players should email Mark Simmons.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Sports Directors

Northern Wake, A.E. Finley YMCA, Kerr Family YMCA & YMCA at Knightdale Station, Darrian Saddler
Southern Wake, Kraft Family, Northwest Cary & Taylor Family YMCAs, Mark Simmons 
Central Wake, Alexander Family and Southeast Raleigh YMCAs, Eric Rhinehalt