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All of our Asheville Shield CCL teams will take part in the Charlotte based; Carolina Champions League (CCL).

The CCL is a league that has been created to provide opportunities for players to enhance their development by focusing on the players, rather than the results. The league provides growing clubs like ourselves the opportunity to have consistent competitive games; appropriate to the level of each team. With its European styled culture we are delighted to be a part of the league and see our players grow within the unique environment it provides. 

For more information regarding the Carolina Champions League please visit their website: 

The beauty of competing in the CCL is not only the fact that we get to have consistently competitive match ups each week but also the fact we can move players between rosters on a week by week basis. This allows us to focus purely on player development by moving players up and down an age group to better suit their ability level.
— Director of Coaching - Nathan Watt

Shield CCL Division is geared toward the player that wants the ultimate youth competitive environment.

This division will require a minimum established skillset, and both player and parents will need to be committed to travel and mandatory training, with a willingness and a passion to truly engage the coaches and program as a team player. Classic division is Shield’s highest level of both time and financial commitment. The advantages are real and many for those that desire to pursue this path.

Features of CCL Teams:

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  • The absolute best coaching to player ratio that only small clubs can provide.

  • Player focused development in a fun, yet challenging environment.

  • A true competitive environment with other teams across our region, be it in league or tournament play.

  • Guidance, instruction, and training that is geared for soccer at the collegiate level for those that desire it, as well as those that just want “the best” without pursuing a collegiate path.

  • Assistance with the college recruiting process (if desired)

  • The pinnacle of Shield honor, commitment, and excellence.

A Shield Classic position is earned and should never be taken for granted.

Team Formation:

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Teams will be formed on the basis of turnout and player skill/talent level. Players will be predominantly placed within their respective age group. However, exceptions may occur. If our coaching staff believes a player must play in a different age bracket to better their development - arrangements will be made (players can play up or down an age in CCL games). Decisions will be based on ability level / numbers per team. Parents cannot ask to play child in another age group.
Any player in an eligible age group is welcome to tryout.

Season Length:

  • Shield offers seasons in both the Fall & Spring. Your age/gender will determine which age group you can play in.

  • Fall season starts mid August - early December. Spring season starts mid January - Early May.

  • U14 (2006 born) and below - Boys & Girls are eligible to play BOTH Fall & Spring.

  • U15 (2005 born) Girls and older, are eligible for the Fall ONLY.

  • U15 (2005 born) Boys and older, are eligible for the Spring ONLY.

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CCL Division Fees

CLICK HERE TO PAY DEPOSIT OR CLASSIC PLAYER FEES

$225 non-refundable deposit
Required to secure a player’s position upon his/her acceptance. Your deposit will apply to the $875 player fee.

$875 ASFC club fee per player/per season.
After $225 deposit, $650 in club fees remain.
Installment plan available.

$295 uniform kit per player.
(Kit lasts for two seasons, extra kit can be ordered)

Financial assistance for those who qualify.
Email to inquire

Included in the ASFC CCL team fee:

League registration fee.
Tournament fees.*
Referee fees.

No additional fees.
No hidden costs.
No player fundraising drives.

What the Fee Covers

All age groups

  • Licensed, collegiate level coaches, one (1) per team.

  • Two (2) team training sessions. One (1) optional training session focused on technical ability per week.

  • Two Weekend Tournaments (within the region)

  • 4-6 Carolina Champions League Festivals. (Festivals will usually include two (2) games per day. *not always guaranteed). Older teams may only play one per day

* Player is responsible for individual lodging and meal expenses associated with tournament travel.


Questions? Drop us an email!

Nathan Watt, Director of Coaching
nathanw@ashevilleshieldfc.org