The Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association (ABYSA) is a 501( c ) 3 not for profit organization providing children and families in Western North Carolina with both recreational and competitive soccer programs. Soccer is America’s most popular participation sport for youth, and is a fun and healthy activity for all kids! Whether you are newcomers to soccer or desire to compete at a higher level, we have the right program for you! If we are not already serving your family, we hope to have the opportunity to do so soon!

Our Recreation Program is the right program for entry level players, and for players who are just looking for some fun and exercise in a friendly team atmosphere. This program serves players ages five to eighteen. Our more competitive programs start with the HFC Academy Program for eight and nine year old players. For competitive, developmental players ages ten to fourteen, ABYSA also offers the HFC Challenge Program, and for the highest level of training and competition, ABYSA offers HFC Classic Soccer for players ages ten to eighteen. ABYSA also offers summer camps for all ages. These camps provide fun and challenging opportunities for all levels of play and are designed to be working-parent friendly.

The Highland Football Club (HFC) is the Classic Division of ABYSA and is the most competitive level of soccer offered by the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. HFC consists of boys and girls teams in the Under-11 through Under-18 age groups and is the appropriate level for athletic players who desire to train at the highest level with our professional coaching staff.

2017 HFC College ID Camp
January 21-22 @ JBL

The HFC College ID Camp is offered to and provided solely for HFC players. This camp allows for players to understand the landscape of Collegiate Soccer and the College Recruiting process, as well as provides an opportunity to play for and in front of a wide-ranging group of collegiate coaches and programs.

Staff Coaches:

John Keating – Belmont Abbey (DII)
Jason Strange – Davidson (DI)
Steven McCarthy – Denison (DIII)
Cory Greiner – Emory (DIII)
Cory Speed – Guilford (DIII)
Joe Scachetti – UNC-Chapel Hill (DI)
Jeff Bateson – UNC-Greensboro (DI)
Joe Baia – Oglethorpe (DIII)

Over the course of the weekend, HFC players will work with staff coaches in a training environment, matches, and will have a 2-hour Q&A session with the staff coaches during our College Coaches Forum.

Over 20 additional College Coaches/Programs confirmed to be in attendance to observe training sessions and matches at the College ID Camp. Additional observing coaches are representing NCAA Division I, II, and III programs, as well as NAIA and USCAA programs and range from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.


ABYSA and MOD Pizza join together to Spread MODness  in Celebration of MOD’s Eighth Birthday

MOD to donate $1 for every pizza sold to provide hope for at-risk youth and families


HFC Girls’ Soccer Team Wins the NCYSA Premier League

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2016 Photo Contest Winners Announced

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City of Asheville & ABYSA Announce JBL Turf Replacement Plan

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ABYSA Receives $1.1 Million TDA Grant for Turf Replacement Project

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Press Release for May 1, 2015

HFC Announces Partnership with Henderson County Soccer Association

ABYSA’s Highland Football Club (HFC) and Henderson County Soccer Association (HCSA) announce a partnership that brings HFC competitive soccer to Henderson County. The plan starts with HFC U9 and U10 Academy programming provided in Henderson County this fall, and calls for additional age groups at the Classic and Challenge levels over the next several years.

“Both organizations are committed to making sure that young players have access to quality competitive soccer programs close to home and to improving the player pool available for the top level teams in older age groups. The partnership is all about what is best for inspired youth soccer players in Western North Carolina” said Mike Rottjakob, Executive Director of ABYSA.

The announcement to HCSA members, and a letter to HCSA from ABYSA Executive Director, Mike Rottjakob are linked below.

HCSA Announcement

HCSA Letter From Mike



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