Program Descriptions

WNC United Classic and Challenge

WNC United is a cooperative effort between Swain Youth Soccer Association, Macon County Soccer Club, Jackson County Soccer Association, and Cherokee County Soccer League.  The United teams bring together the best players in the mountains to play on Challenge and Classic teams.  The teams rotate practices and home games between counties.  MCSC administers the teams with an advisory board of representatives from each county. 


SYSA Academy and Junior Academy

SYSA offers soccer teams for boys and girls ages 5-10. The goal of SYSA academy soccer is to provide our players with the coaching and game experience to excel in competitive soccer. Academy teams are coached under the direction of SYSA Director of Coaching and Player Development Romano Michelotti.  He holds a National Youth Coaching license and a "C" level National Coaching license and brings over 30 years of coaching experience to SYSA. 

Academy – The Academy program is for players U9-U10. Teams play area clubs away and at home and an away tournament. The focus is player development, games are not scored, and all players play. 

Junior Academy – The Junior Academy program is for players U7-U8. Junior Academy teaches young players basic skills in a fun environment. Teams play against each other in Swain with a few local travel games possible. 

For more information, read the Academy and Junior Academy FAQ.


Recreation Soccer Fall 2017 Registration

Swain Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) will offer local recreation soccer at Camp Living Water for players ages 4-11.  The league will play Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30, at Camp Living Water from September 7-October 30.    

Registration is available online.  To access, please visit  or contact Kathy Gray at   Online registration will close August 30.  You can also register in person at the Rec. Park Playground August 24, 25 from 4:30-6:30. All payments($50.00) and signed medical waiver will be due by September 7. Please pay in person (cash or check) on one of the registration dates or mail checks and signed waivers to SYSA REC PO Box 521 Bryson City, NC 28713. Your child will not be able to play until both are received.

If you are interested in coaching or sponsoring a team, please indicate on your registration form and/or contact Jack Gray at

Camp Living Water offers a recreation soccer league in the spring. Contact the camp for information on their program. 

SYSA has adopted codes of conduct for our players, parents, and coaches. See Codes.

Medical Consent/Liability Waiver - Form


 Camp Living Water offers a recreation soccer league in the spring. Contact the camp for information on their program. 

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