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Youth Soccer

This spring, YMCA youth soccer will offer small-sided league play. Games will take place with fewer athletes on the field than a typical season. In addition, for families who are not ready to participate in games, we will offer regional academy style clinics. We're committed to keeping players, coaches and spectators safe at the YMCA.

Health and Safety

In order to keep all participants safe, we have instituted the following health and safety protocols:

  • All equipment will be sanitized at half time
  • All staff, coaches, participants and spectators will be required to wear masks at all times.
  • All staff, coaches, participants and spectators will be required to have their temperatures taken and answer COVID screening questions before entry to the field area.
  • Spectators will be limited to those living in the immediate household of the athlete.
  • Spectators will be required to sit six feet away from other families and six feet from the field.
  • League schedules will be designed to leave time between games so as to limit the number of people entering and exiting the field, and to allow for sanitizing equipment between games and practices. This may mean that there are fewer games scheduled for each team.


Teams are formed based on age. See below for details and locations. Please refer to our age chart to determine your child's age group league.


Players U8 and older must have and wear shinguards during play. Cleats are highly recommended. The YMCA recommends players U7 and younger have and wear shinguards and cleats during play.

Spring Season 2021

A.E. Finley YMCA (Northern Wake Region)
Saturday, March 20 - May 15
*registration has closed for the spring season

Alexander Family YMCA*
Spring Season: March - May

Chapel Hill - Carrboro & Durham YMCAs
Spring 2021 season will be hosted at the Lakewood YMCA
April 10 - May 29 (U5, U6, U8 & U11)

East Triangle YMCA (formerly Johnston County YMCA) 
Spring Season: March 15 - May 13 (U4, U6, U8 & U10)

Kraft Family YMCA
Spring Season: February - May

Northwest Cary YMCA
Spring Season: March 1 - May 1 (U5-U11)

Poole Family YMCA
Spring Season: March 22 - May 20 (U4, U6, U8 & U10)

Southeast Raleigh YMCA*
Spring Season: March - May

*Younger ages from these YMCAs will play on the same teams.

During the registration process, if applicable, you will be asked about your practice night preference. As YMCA teams are coached by volunteers, specific practice nights are determined after teams form, depending on coach availability.


Youth sports soccer teams are led by volunteer coaches. All volunteer coaches undergo a background check and training. Opportunities are available for coaches and assistant coaches at all locations.

Spring Skills Academy

For families who may not be comfortable returning to competitive play, select branches will offer skills academies this spring. Academies offered once per week, are a good fit for a first-year player interested in playing at a faster pace or a seasoned player looking for work on specific skills within the game. Academies offer small-sided gameplay but are limited to only players within each session.

Alexander Family YMCA
Skills Academy U13 & U8: March 8 - April 29

Kraft Family YMCA
Skills Academy: March 5 - April 23

Southeast Raleigh YMCA
Skills Academy: March 8 - April 29

Sports Directors

A.E. Finley YMCA: Monica Brown
Alexander Family YMCA, Eric Rhinehalt
Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA, Randy Smith
Chatham YMCA, Alex Mayfield
Durham YMCAs, Randy Smith
East Triangle and Poole Family YMCAs, Darrian Saddler
Kraft Family YMCA: Mark Simmons
Kerr Family YMCA: Brandon Harcum
Northwest Cary YMCA, Mark Simmons