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Challenge Tryouts

2020-2021 Challenge Tryouts

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.

Roster space is available in all age groups. Interested players, please contact our Challenge Director at [email protected].

Challenge Supplemental July Tryouts

We will be holding Challenge evaluations in mid-late July, see information below. We are still offering spots on teams in all age groups.

Below are the available dates for tryouts. You will not be able to select a date to be evaluated.

*After you complete registration for Intent to Play, we will email you with a date/time to evaluate your player. *If you are out of town on the evaluation date, we can offer a different date from the selection below. If you already registered for tryouts, but were unable to attend, there is no need to register for these supplemental tryouts. Just be sure you have emailed the Challenge Director [email protected] to express interest in attending these evaluations.

Supplemental Challenge Tryouts
Saturday, July 18
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Wake Competition Center
Tuesday, July 21
 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM WRAL Soccer Park
Tuesday, July 28
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM  WRAL Soccer Park
Saturday, August 1
9:00 AM - 10:15 AMWRAL Soccer Park

High School Boys Tryouts

Challenge High School Boys Tryouts, for players born 2006-2002 will be held in December at WRAL Soccer Park. Registration for Challenge High School Boys Tryouts will open in mid-October. Please check our home page, challenge tryout page, and social media pages for updates and announcements.

New Challenge Players

All prospective Challenge players must register by June 21 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 must accept the invitation in PlayMetrics that was emailed to them. "Intent to Play" is only if you wish to be evaluated for Juniors or Classic programs*. Returning Challenge players who want to be placed on a new Challenge team must register and attend tryouts. These player will be removed from their previous roster and placed in the tryout pool.

*U9 players interested in Challenge U10 must register for an "Intent to Play" in PlayMetrics.

2012 (U9) Program

The 2012 (U9) age group is a developmental portion of the Challenge program. All U9 players are required to attend Challenge tryouts again in the following Fall to be selected for a U10 team. This means all U9 Challenge players must tryout to make U10, this is done to ensure parity at the U10 level and above.

Tryout Details

Our intent is to have Challenge teams at every age group and gender in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Garner, Holly Springs, and Durham-Chapel Hill. 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 be in the Fitness Center at WRAL Soccer Complex. The Fitness Center is the blue building next to the club house. Check-in will be divided by age group, gender, and region. Please make note of which region you registered under in your NCFC Youth account. At check-in, Challenge administrators and volunteers will check your player in, and give them a number to wear on their shorts during tryouts. 

Tryout Process/Timeline

  1. Registration: All players wishing to attend tryouts must register online before the registration deadline of June 21, 2020
  2. Tryouts: Challenge tryouts will be held for each age group and region at WRAL.
  3. Draft: Immediately after the second day of 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 72 hours 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.
  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 (approximately 7-10 days 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: Team Managers will send a link from to all new families through which you can order your child’s uniform.
  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.

Player Information: What to Bring to Tryouts

White Shirt
Dark Shorts/Dark Socks*
Shin Guards
Water Bottle
Soccer Ball (pumped)
U9-U12(2011-2008): Size 4 Ball | U13-U19(2007-2001): Size 5 Ball

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

Financial Aid

Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 season is now open!

The application can be found by logging into your PlayMetrics account, clicking on the “Registrations” module on the left hand side and then the Financial Aid Tab near the middle/top of the screen. A blue REQUEST FINANCIAL AID button will appear at the very top right corner.

Financial Aid is available to families experiencing family, medical, or extenuating financial hardships. Families wishing to submit a Financial Aid application should complete their application as they register for our NCFC Challenge tryouts. The 2020-2021 Financial Aid application cycle will open prior to tryouts. All players should submit their completed application prior to their Challenge tryout date. All applications received by the appropriate due date will receive first consideration and have the best opportunity to receive the most aid. Those received after the player's tryout will only be considered to the extent funds remain. We strongly encourage all players who need assistance with fees to submit their completed application (including financial supporting documentation) as early as possible. Click here to learn more about our Financial Aid program and application deadlines.

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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

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'07 (14U) - '02 (U18/19): Lindsey Todd
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Challenge Director: Brett Malone
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