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La Liga Del Sol


NCFC Youth is dedicated to opening the game of soccer to all youth regardless of ability, financial resources, or other. Historically, the Latino population is often underrepresented in youth club soccer across the country often due to economic, cultural, transportation, communication, technological, or other barriers to access. U.S. Soccer has been working with clubs to make the game more accessible. La Liga Del Sol (La Liga) is our local response to support this initiative and to alleviate some of the barriers to youth soccer while attracting and retaining a diverse make-up of youth soccer players.

+ How does La Liga Del Sol alleviate barriers to access?

- How does La Liga Del Sol alleviate barriers to access?

  • Economic: Thanks to donations and sponsorship support, La Liga has a reduced registration fee, making it more affordable for families.

  • Cultural: La Liga’s one game a week structure allows for family and friends to spend valuable time together supporting their children in a sport they love.

  • Transportation: La Liga is scheduled on the weekend making it easier to for families to coordinate transportation.

  • Communication: La Liga is run by Spanish-speaking directors, coaches are Spanish speaking and often leaders in their communities, and NCFC Youth has currently hired a bilingual administrator to help with any communication barriers as well as a website that can translate to Spanish.

  • Technological: All registration is completed on paper forms.

  • Through La Liga Del Sol, we aim to provide a safe, positive and fun soccer environment for youth and their families.

+ Program Goals

- Program Goals

  • Provide a safe, positive and developmentally appropriate soccer environment for youth to thrive both on and off the field

  • Give low-income Hispanic youth better access to youth club soccer

  • Promote healthy living through organized physical activity and give youth the opportunity to learn valuable life skills by participating in a team sport

  • Provide player development opportunities for youth who want to advance to other North Carolina FC Youth programs

  • Provide youth players and their families with educational resources and support to learn about their player’s future (e.g., college, player development opportunities, ID camps, etc.)

+ Who is Eligible?

- Who is Eligible?

  • Team registration is preferred

  • Individuals may inquire, but there is no guarantee of team placement

  • Teams must be ages 9-16, must fall within specific birth year team formation requirements, and provide proof of age for players

  • Teams must already have a coach in place & all coaches are risk managed through NCYSA

  • While the program is focused on reaching the Latino community, other community teams interested in participating may also inquire about participation

  • Participants in La Liga Del Sol may not participate or be registered with any other league or club other than NCFC Youth

    *Copa Del Sol Summer 2021- Players from outside the club can participate once they have filled out 2020-2021 NCYSA Guest roster form.

+ League Structure

- League Structure

  • Youth players/families pay and register for La Liga through NCFC Youth

  • All La Liga participants are registered through NCYSA

  • Teams participate in U9/U10; U11/U12; or U13/U14 age brackets during the season

  • Teams play 8 game weekends each fall and spring season (coinciding with the Recreation & Challenge regular seasons)

  • Games are played on Friday night or Sunday afternoon/evening at WARL Soccer Park

  • No training time or referee fees are included in a player’s registration fee

  • All games are officiated by NCSRA (NC Soccer Referee Association) referees (*teams pay referees the full associated fees on game day)

  • Players/families are required to purchase and wear approved NCFC Youth jerseys

  • Option to participate in End of Season Tournament

Player Development Opportunities and Success Stories

Team Development
Depending on the age group talent, NCFC Youth may elect to create a Del Sol team at more competitive levels including Juniors, Classic, and/or Academy. These teams are formed from La Liga Del Sol participants who have been identified for higher level competition. For the 2020-21 season, two Del Sol teams are participating in more competitive leagues: U12 Del Sol Academy & U11 Classic Boys. Participants are required to pay the full club fee amount. Financial Aid is available to support families in need.

Player Development
Additionally, many players who age out of La Liga Del Sol or who need more skill level appropriate programs are playing in Recreation, Challenge, Juniors, Classic, and other Academy programs. These players have access to apply for NCFC Youth financial aid to help bridge the gap between what a family can afford to pay and the required club fee. These opportunities allow players to stay engaged in youth soccer for as long as they wish.

Questions may be directed to Ramon Gallardo Jr, La Liga Del Sol Program Director: [email protected].


Helpful Links

La Liga Sponsor



Questions? Contact La Liga Del Sol Program Director Ramon Gallardo at [email protected].


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