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PRAA
Soccer Philosophy

Our season is about more than wins and losses. It’s about learning and improving on our skills in every practice and game and adding new skills all the time. We will honor this beautiful game by shaking the Opponents & Official's hand when the game is over.  By playing here at PRAA, you will learn life lessons and we can overcome major obstacles, rebound from our mistakes by being persistent, working as a team, encouraging our team members, good sportsmanship, self-confidence,  and dedication to our game by improving through practice. There is a move by US Soccer Federation to more small sided games. The main goal of small sided games to give the players more 'touches' on the ball in order to aid in foot and skill development.

“Winning games is not considered to be our primary objective. We consider winning to be the result of the application of good ball skills and good tactics.



U4 Coed
This is a group training for children who have not played soccer before. The ages are 2.5 - 4. We will meet once a week at Hemby Bridge from 5:30-6:15pm. They practice once a week as a group and p
arents are needed to participate with their child during these practices.  There are no teams or games at that level. The focus will be on introducing soccer to the kids in a fun and exciting way. This is to get the players ready for our next League, U6.


U6 Coed
This League is geared towards players 4 & 5 years of age who has prior experience with soccer.  There are teams & games at this level. These players are placed on teams and they will practice once a week with their team & coach. The games are played at Bonterra Soccer Fields on Saturday mornings during the season. The teams will play against other PRAA teams. They will play 4V4 with no goalies. The approach here is to develop foot skills: Dribble with all sides of both feet,  Dribble out of trouble, Dribble past someone,  Soft first touch, proper passing skills and spacing. This will allow them to make a seamless transition to our next League, U7-COED.


Development Soccer
is our 7U-16U leagues.
These games could be played throughout Union County on Saturdays and Sundays.
All teams will be 8v8 with a goalie.

These leagues will practice twice a week with their coaches and teams and play
in the
Union County Soccer League.  

U7-COED/U8-COED
This League is designed for 6-7 years old players who enjoy playing and want to improve their skills and experience. At this stage we emphasize striking the ball properly, Positions, Rules of Game, Spacing, Shooting, Dribbling, Body Movement, Field Vision, Eye-foot coordination and Goalkeeping. By end of U8 players should capable of Dribbling skills including, Dribble with all sides of both feet,  Dribble out of trouble, Dribble past someone, Stopping and running with the ball at speed, Shield the ball with body from other players, Demonstrate a soft first touch (including trapping), Demonstrate basics of proper shooting technique, Demonstrate basics of proper passing with reasonable accuracy at 8-12 yards, Very basic tactical skills such as, Maintaining position but moving with play (not chasing the ball everywhere it goes), Moving forward and spreading out when attacking, Retreating and become more compact when defending, Basic quick, coordinated movements with and without the ball. This allows the players to make a seamless transition to our next League, Junior Academy Soccer, if the parent and player so chooses.

10U-COED - 16U-COED 
This is designed for players who want to continue playing recreational soccer.
All teams will be 8v8 with a goalie. 
These leagues will practice twice a week with their coaches and teams and play in the Union County Soccer League.  We will still emphasize the basics as there is still learning and coaching that must be done.


Club Level Soccer (Travel)

Academy Soccer (9U-10U)
This is regarded as the entry into Club soccer.
The United States Soccer Federation’s US Youth Soccer Best Practices Guide.
This League is designed for the parents and players who have an interest in moving forward with game of Soccer. Teams practice twice per week and games are played on only Saturdays against other Club Teams in the Charlotte Region. We build on the experience the players gained in the earlier leagues with the goal of refinement and skill improvement. Our aim is to create a positive environment for players, coaches, and families. Focus on individual player development and instill a love and passion for the Game of Soccer that encourages players to work with the ball on their own time. Coach Basic Game Understanding while educating Parents and set expectations. Teams practice twice per week (75 minute practices). Approximately per 6-8 play dates (12-14 games per season) / Academy Showcase (Tournament).  
Fall Season starts in August and ends in November. 

Classic Soccer (U11 - U16)
Classic soccer is the highest level of competition within NCYSAOur Classic players and coaches demonstrate a high level of commitment to excellence in skills, fitness, work ethic, attitude and sportsmanship. All Classic Soccer players must try-out annually each May for the following season. PRAA Classic players and coaches will demonstrate a commitment to the club, their team and their own soccer development. Players compete against other Classic teams from clubs throughout the Charlotte region during the regular season. Based on age and level, teams will compete in 2 – 3 tournaments annually.


The game should be FUN!
It is critical that players involved in youth soccer enjoy the game in which they are playing.
If PRAA is able to instill a passion and enjoyment in the game then half the battle is already won.


Perception of the coaches is equally important, as players will relate to their coach based on their interaction with them.

All coaches at PRAA will be licensed coaches through U.S. Soccer FederationONLY Approved NCYSA Risk Managed adults can work with the players. Coaches will be required to attend all Coaches clinics and training. If you are interested in coaching, please contact our PRSC committee @ [email protected]  o discuss the expectations. 

Curriculum - In order to reach our full potential, we have developed a curriculum for all players at all ages and stages. While the game will remain fun and engaging, we felt it necessary to develop a road map in order for your player to be the very best that they can be.
Please visit www.praasoccer.com to review our curriculum.



We are looking forward to another great season at PRAA. If you know of any other families that may be interested in joining, please point them to this page or have them contact us. 
 


Registration Listing

2019-2020 Academy Soccer

PRAA's Academy Soccer Program aims to expand our players skill first learned in our Developmental Program.  We seek to improve our player's individual development.  The main focus of our Youth Academy is to create a fun, yet challenging experience for the players.  We follow the guidelines set in place by the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association's Youth Academy Program.  The Youth Academy was developed to offer an alternative to the frustrations felt by families with the "win at all costs" mentality.  We offer an experience to increase player's participation, satisfaction, and most importantly retain player within the game of soccer.  Our coaches will work with the players on increasing their technical abilities while also beginning to introduce them to the tactical side of the game.  Players are expected to attend ALL practices and games.  

The Academy Soccer Program is operated and played under the umbrella of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association.  During the season you can expect to play other association's youth academy programs around the Charlotte area.  This will be the first chance our players will begin to experience travel soccer.  Games for the Youth Academy are always on Saturdays.  We request from each hosting association that we play two games per each play date.  We also will attend the state hosted NCYSA Academy Showcase tournament once a year during the Spring Season.  As well as an association run tournament in the Fall Season.

All PRAA soccer teams are coached by licensed and knowledgeable coaches.  We take our coaches "soccer education" very seriously. All coaches are encouraged to continue developing their coaching knowledge and experience each year.  As the players grow and develop, the coaches must also follow the same suit.  The coaching staff is carefully selected to meet the needs and abilities of the players. Our Coaching staff aims to be effective in the implementation of an age and developmentally tuned curriculum that is specific for our players in our club which follows in compliance with The United States Soccer Federation.  

Academy Assessments will be held on May 13th & 15th. Please arrive at 5:30pm to begin Checkin.

Location: Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail, NC. 28079.

Girls Academy Soccer

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$550.00

2019-2020 Classic Soccer

PRAA's Classic Soccer Program is dedicated to the proper development and training of our players.  In the Classic Soccer Program there will be a heavier emphasis on the competitive side of our soccer program.  The players will receive a more advanced training regimen with a greater focus on the technical and tactical aspects of the game.  The players are expected to hold themselves to a higher standard and are pushed by the coaching staff to continue developing their talent and skill.  Players are expected to attend ALL practices and games.  

The Classic Soccer Program is operated and played under the umbrella of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association.  Our club is grouped in the "West" region of North Carolina.  There are 4 divisions in the league, Third, Second, First and Premier which applies to U13 and above. Teams can be promoted and relegated to divisions. By participating in the Classic Leagues teams can expect greater competition which helps the players develop more dynamically by playing teams from across the West region of the state.

All PRAA soccer teams are coached by licensed and knowledgeable coaches.  We take our coaches "soccer education" very seriously. All coaches are encouraged to continue developing their coaching knowledge and experience each year.  As the players grow and develop, the coaches must also follow the same suit.  The coaching staff is carefully selected to meet the needs and abilities of the players. Our Coaching staff aims to be effective in the implementation of an age and developmentally tuned curriculum that is specific for our players in our club which follows in compliance with The United States Soccer Federation.  

U11 Classic Boys

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$750.00

U11 Classic Girls

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$750.00

U12 Classic Boys

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$750.00

U13 Classic Boys

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$750.00

U13 Classic Girls

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$750.00

U14 Classic Boys

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 07/30/2019 to 05/18/2020
$750.00

U15 Classic Girls

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$750.00

U15 Classic Boys

Registration closes on 11/30/2019 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 06/01/2019 to 05/31/2020
$750.00

Porter Ridge Athletic Association

P.O. Box 707 
Indian Trail, North Carolina 28079
Email : [email protected]
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