They suck you in with a once in a lifetime opportunity slot for your child then if your child doesn’t rank in the top 3 players on the team please expect your child to be treated differently than they are. It is very obvious. Also their summer camps are a joke!
Absolute terrible experience with Charlotte Soccer Academy, could not be worse. Unlike many of the Charlotte area clubs where the directors and technical training staff take a hands on approach but scheduling special practice sessions and making an effort to attend all kids' games at all levels, you will NEVER see CSA directors at lower level games. It's been two years with the new 'Uptown' division that was created and it has been an absolute s*** show. "Tryouts" are anything but tryouts, with no individual player evaluation whatsoever and it being nothing more than staff taking the opportunity to do paperwork under a tent. The coaches have no support whatsoever and the lower level teams get absolutely KILLED in tournaments, with generally a -40 goal differential over the course of 3-4 games (not an exaggeration). You can email the director (don't ever expect a response back) or give candid feedback on post-season evaluations, but unless your kid is the next Messi, Charlotte Soccer Academy is nothing more than a glorified rec league focused on taking your money. We have 4-5 players from our current team that are leaving at the end of this season so unless there is a big shakeup as this age group moves to 11v11, the Uptown boys teams are not going to have enough players to field a team. Don't waste your time and money with Charlotte Soccer Academy - there are much better clubs in the Charlotte area that are more honest, transparent and provide a better overall experience for girls and boys that love to play soccer.
Don’t waste your time or money! My son is a great soccer player, but it is just too much. Too much travel- for example- one game was in Raliegh( we live in Mint Hill) ., just one game, not a tournament! For an 11 year old, pick something else.
If you are considering CSA Matthews for your boy, think twice, my parent advice is to go elsewhere. The prestige of the club takes precedence over teaching players’ soccer and sportsmanship. Your kid is very likely to be used to fulfill the financial gap in the club teams. The CSA Matthews Boy's team was having troubles picking players for the 2015-2016 year (currently has only two in the U14 age groups). They are using very deceiving practice of offering you a spot on the team and telling you to decide very quickly in fear of losing the spot. During the fall of 2015 they were so short on players they needed to run a second tryout. Once on the team, only the best boys will be used during games to make all possible attempts to progress their team to an upper league, so next year the club can justify its fees and attract more players. There was also a U13 player (I assume the best from the U13 team) brought on all of the U14 games to help the advancement of the team. There is no such thing as a fair play time or coaching time for your kid, they'll play on games just the best kids, and limit the play time of the rest to the bare minimum, but collect the significant club fee without remorse. If you start questioning their coaching style, the explanation would be "this is a competitive soccer, so don't expect to be equal". Also, there is a reason for collecting all fees months before the end of the year, in case you complain, you already paid the fee, and you are stuck staying. If you don't like it, you are free to go, but they get to keep your money. If you hear the name of coach Guevara, run away, he is a flat liar. He'll tell you everything to sell you a spot on his team, and if you dare question his coaching, he'll tell you your kid is the worst in his team and you've been told that already.
Review from Guidestar