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Johnston United Soccer Association

About Classic

Classic soccer is the highest level of league play in North Carolina. It is the mission of the NCYSA classic program to provide an environment to foster play at the highest level, age appropriate development of players who demonstrate talent and commitment with the desire to excel, and an appropriate level of team competition as well as values of good sportsmanship to all who participate. 

Players wishing to play at the most competitive level possible (excluding State Select), for an extended period of time (usually 8-10 months) play Classic soccer. Classic soccer in North Carolina is broken up into 3 varying levels:
Premier, 1st Division, and 2nd Division. Teams are promoted and relegated into the varying levels. Within every age group, teams will play 1 game/day, which takes place on Saturdays, with some occasional Sundays. The Premier league is a state-wide league, which means you could possibly travel up to 250 miles one way to play a game. 1st Division and 2nd Division is broken up into regions, where travel is limited to closer distances. 

Within JUSA, Classic Soccer is a full year commitment for players and parents. Teams typically travel between 2 - 4 tournaments a year, depending on age and level of play. Teams will train two-three times a week in the Johnston County area.  Coaches at the Classic level are paid coaches who must have their NCYSA D License.  In addition, all challenge coaches are required to attend continuing education through club sponsored training.


Is my child ready for Classic Level Soccer?


Has your child been asked to tryout for a Classic Level Soccer team?   If so, then use this tool to help determine if they are ready to play at the next level.

  1. They enjoy playing soccer year round.
  2. They look forward to going to training and not just the games.
  3. They understand that there may be 2-3 trainings per week even after matches start.
  4. They enjoy learning more about the technical and tactical aspects of the game and not just scrimmaging at training sessions.
  5. They listen to coaches intently when new skills / directions are being introduced and are willing to work independently at home to fine tune these new skills.
  6. They don't complain or whine about a training session that is geared toward player development and not just fun, little games and scrimmaging.
  7. They are "intense" during training sessions and matches.   They want to “beat” their opponent in trainings and matches.
  8. They don't just kick the ball.  They put a first touch on the ball and then look for the next option of dribbling, passing or shooting.
  9. They can dribble the ball around opponents on purpose and not by accident by incorporating feints, delays, moves and misdirection.   They incorporate moves / turns into their dribbling skills to shake free from pressure.   When dribbling, they can change the speed and pace of their dribble to explode past opponents.
  10. They can purposely serve the ball to a teammate with the proper pace needed in the given situation.
  11. They can receive a served or driven ball from a teammate with pace under pressure from an opposing player using all surfaces of their body including their feet, thighs, chest, and head.   They use limited one and two touches on the ball to get it under control when someone passes a ball to them.
  12. They are starting to understand the ideas of positions, space on the field, support, etc.
  13. They can pass / cross / shoot the ball with power and placement for the given situation.
  14. They don't use their toe very often to kick the ball.  They use the laces and other surfaces of the foot such as inside, outside, heel and sole to pass or shoot.
  15. They understand the role of combination play of give and go’s, wall passes, overlaps, with teammates to advance the ball down the field.
  16. They understand the role of one and two touch passing in team play to advance the ball down the field.  
  17. They understand that the ball does not always have to go forward when their team has possession.
  18. They are frustrated by the lack of effort / skill given by other team members and want to get to a new level.
  19. They understand the concepts of individual and team defense and when to apply each.   They don’t just stand and watch opposing players move by them.
  20. The game appears too easy to them and they can routinely score at will
  21. They can use their head effectively when shooting, defending, receiving, and marking other opponents.

Although this is not everything needed, this might help you to evaluate your own player to see if they might be ready for the next level.   Parents also need to be honest in their appraisal as well.   Plus don't forget to ask your child if they understand some of these things and if they want to play at the next level.   Some simply want to have fun, don't care what level they are playing, and don't want mom and dad pushing them to the next level.    Soccer can be enjoyable for your child at all levels and most importantly should be fun for them.   Don't try to push them if they are not ready.   Their talents might lie elsewhere or they might develop some of these traits later.

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Johnston United Soccer Association

439 Athletic Club Blvd 
Clayton, North Carolina 27527

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 919-351-0650
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