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Challenge Tryouts

2021-22 Intent to Play

Intent to Play registration is currently open!

All players interested in our Challenge Program must create an account in PlayMetrics in order to register for evaluation and/or placement on their 2020-21 team. (Parents/Guardians should create an account in their name and add each child as a participant.) If you already have an existing PlayMetrics account, please login to register

New Challenge Players

All prospective Challenge players must register and attend tryouts in order to be evaluated and potentially placed on a team.

Returning Challenge Players

Returning Challenge players who would like to return to their previous Challenge team will need to accept the invitation to return to their team that has been emailed to players. Returning Challenge players who want to be placed on a new Challenge team must register for 2021-22 Intent to Play and attend tryouts. These players will be removed from their previous roster and placed in the tryout pool. Please note there is no guarantee of placement once a returning Challenge player goes back into the tryout poll and is put into the draft.

2021-2022 Challenge Tryouts

Registration for our Challenge High School Girls and U9-U14 Boys and Girls tryouts is now open. All players interested in our Challenge program must create an account in PlayMetrics in order to register for tryouts. (Parents/Guardians should create an account in their name and add each child as a participant.) If you already have an existing PlayMetrics account, please login to register.  

Challenge Tryouts

We will be holding Challenge tryouts June 1 - 9 for Challenge High School Girls age groups (2003-2007) and U9-U14 (2013-2008) Boys and Girls. 2003-2007 (U15-U19) boys play Challenge soccer only in the Spring, and attend our traditional tryout each December to form teams.

Below are the available dates for tryouts. You will not be able to select a date to be evaluated. In order to be evaluated for Challenge tryouts, you must complete an Intent to Play. We will reach out to all players registered for tryouts the week prior to tryouts. If you have any questions, please email Challenge Director [email protected].

High School Boys Tryouts

Challenge High School Boys Tryouts, for players born 2007-2003 will be held in December at WRAL Soccer Park. Registration for Challenge High School Boys Tryouts will open in early November. Please check our home page, challenge tryout page, and social media pages for updates and announcements.

Tryout Dates and Times
U9 (2013) Boys and Girls Tryouts

June 1, 2021

4:30 - 5:30PM5:30 - 6:45PM WRAL Soccer Park
 June 2, 20214:30 - 5:30PM5:30 - 6:45PMWRAL Soccer Park

U10 (2012) Boys and Girls Tryouts
 June 1, 2021 6:00 - 7:00PM7:00 - 8:15PM WRAL Soccer Park

June 2, 2021

6:00 - 7:00PM7:00 - 8:15PM WRAL Soccer Park

U11-U12 (2011-2010) Boys and Girls Tryouts

June 5, 2021

9:00 - 10:00AM10:00 - 11:30AM WRAL Soccer Park
June 6, 20211:00 - 2:00PM*
2:00 - 3:30PM WRAL Soccer Park

U13-U14 (2009-2008) Boys and Girls Tryouts

June 8, 2021

5:00 - 6:00PM6:00 - 7:30PM WRAL Soccer Park
June 9, 20215:00 - 6:00PM6:00 - 7:30PMWRAL Soccer Park

U15-U19 (2007-2003) Girls Only

June 4, 2021

5:30 - 6:30PM6:30 - 8:00PM WRAL Soccer Park

Tryout Details

Our intent is to have Challenge teams at every age group and gender in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Garner, Holly Springs, Durham-Chapel Hill, Chatham, and Wendell. Whether or not teams will be formed in each region depends upon try-out numbers and Challenge Director's discretion.

All tryout check-in will take place outside of the main clubhouse building (two story brick building) at WRAL Soccer Complex (7700 Perry Creek Road).

Tryout Process/Timeline

  1. Registration: All players wishing to attend tryouts must register online before the registration deadline of Monday, May 24, 2021
  2. Tryouts: Challenge tryouts will be held for each age group and region at WRAL Soccer Park (7700 Perry Creek Road, Raleigh, NC).
  3. Draft: Immediately after tryouts, the draft begins. Based on evaluations made during tryouts, coaches use a draft system to form competitively-balanced teams within each region and age group.
  4.  Phone Calls: If your child is drafted to a Challenge team, you will receive a phone call either from the coach or from Challenge staff within 1 week after tryouts. You will be asked to either accept or decline the spot on the team.
  5. Emails: After all phone calls have been made to newly drafted Challenge players, the Challenge department will send out an “All Calls Made” email. If you receive this email and you have not received a phone call offering your child a spot on a team, then unfortunately, your child was not selected for a Challenge team. This email may take up to 10 days, depending on your age group.
  6. Acceptance Link: If you received a phone call and accepted a spot over the phone, you will also receive an email through PlayMetrics with an acceptance link (within two weeks after the end of tryouts). The link will be sent to the email address associated with the PlayMetrics account your family used to register for tryouts.  
  7. Payment: Accepting your child’s spot on the team in PlayMetrics will also enable you to make payment for your Challenge fees.
  8. Paperwork: Team Managers will reach out via email to collect all paperwork necessary to register the team with NCYSA. Each player must submit a medical waiver, a photo, and a birth certificate.
  9. Uniform: A link will be sent to all Challenge families from to complete the uniform ordering process.
  10. Carding: All Challenge players will have a player card that will be checked by the referees before the start of each game. We are required by NCYSA to validate each card by verifying that all information on the card is correct. Once your child is registered with NCYSA, a carding session will be set up to validate their information. Players will be notified by the Challenge Administrators/Team Managers when the carding events will take place

Player Information: What to Bring to Tryouts

White Shirt
Dark Shorts/Dark Socks*
Shin Guards
Water Bottle
Soccer Ball (pumped)
U9-U12(2012-2009): Size 4 Ball | U13-U19(2008-2002): Size 5 Ball

*Dark Jacket/Hoodie if Cold (Black/Navy/etc).

Helpful Links

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Contact Us

Questions? Check out our FAQ page and if you still have questions contact your area administrator.

'12 (9U) - '09 (12U) & Assistant Director: Patty Scharville

[email protected]

'08 (13U) - '02 (U18/19): Lindsey Todd
[email protected]

Challenge Director: Brett Malone
[email protected]


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5017 Memory Road 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Phone : 919-834-3951
Email: [email protected]



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