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May 25, 2017

The Charlotte Independence will be coming to Mint Hill Soccer on Thursday June 1st.  We want to invite all of Mint Hill Soccer, MHAA and the Mint Hill Community to come out to meet some of the players and coaches from the Charlotte Independence, Charlotte's Pro Soccer Team.

The evening will include a technical clinic hosted with the Charlotte Independence players and coaches.  They will focus mostly on simple fun games that include everyone having a ball, getting a lot of touches.  They will also run the Adidas Smartball challenge, where players get the opportunity to see how fast they can kick a ball (kid’s will go crazy for it).  Lastly, players will get a group photo opportunity, Charlotte Independence give-a-way’s, and lots of autograph’s for everyone.  There will also be an opportunity to win a signed Charlotte Independence jersey!  It should be a great evening.

We will be selling Hot Dogs and drinks so come on out and enjoy a family fun evening and meet your Charlotte Independence, who will be playing their homes games at the Sportsplex in Matthews.

When:  Thursday June 1st, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where:  Mint Hill Athletic Sports Complex
Addres: 9700 Brief Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227
What to Bring:  Wear Cleats or tennis shoes & don't forget to bring your soccer ball.  Don't have a soccer ball, we will loan you one.
What to Wear:  Wear your Mint Hill Soccer or MHAA jersey to show your Mint Hill Pride!

Get your Tickets for Charlotte Independence's Grand Opening Game, June 17th, at the Sportsplex!

Grand Opening Event of the Sportsplex in Matthews - Charlotte Independence's New Home Stadium

Food Trucks - Fireworks - Live Music

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Hosted by Mint Hill Soccer



August 29, 2016

Greetings All,

Since the last email on heading was sent to you, NCYSA received a number of emails and calls on the issue. The policy presented last week was based entirely on that which was presented by the U S Soccer Federation. Just as many of you have done, so to have many others contacted the Federation voicing their concerns.

NCYSA spoke with the Federation late Friday afternoon and shared with them the many calls and emails from our members. It has been shared with NCYSA recently and again on Friday that the Federation is already looking at implementing a policy change that reads….NO HEADING for all small sided play (12U and younger). 

To address the major concern from you regarding 12U teams playing 11U teams and younger (which called for no heading for the 11U team and heading allowed for the 12U team), a Special Called Meeting of the NCYSA Executive Board took place over the weekend to address a change in our policy. The EXBD agreed that NCYSA should make a revision and voted to do so.

That said, the policy for NCYSA regarding heading will be as follows. This supersedes all other emails on this subject.

NO HEADING is allowed in any small sided match (12U and younger).

In matches for 13U and older, the roster/team could include 12U and younger players. A 12U player on the 13U roster/team, may head the ball. For the player 11U or younger playing on a 13U team or older, if heading occurs by a player 11U and younger, the referee will not stop play and issue an indirect free kick. It would be very difficult for a referee to be able during the run of play to determine if a player that heads the ball is 11U or younger or 12U and older. As stated by the Federation, it will be the coach and parent’s responsibility to “police” a child 11U and younger on heading in a 13U and older match.



If you have additional questions, let us know.


Keith Price
President / North Carolina Youth Soccer
Chairman / NCYSA Risk Management



August 26, 2016

Mint Hill Soccer Growing Again

Mint Hill Athletic Association is very excited to announce a new opportunity in the South Charlotte area.  Brad Nolan will be heading the new location and he brings with him both energy and excitement to offer families a great youth soccer experience.

We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to bring our individual player development model and family focused atmosphere to the area. Our goal is to offer a product that understands we are working with kids while remembering that soccer is a game and we want to the players to have FUN while playing at a competitive level.

The new location will be known as MHS South. Brad Nolan, has been assigned the role of Director of Coaching for the new branch.

MHS South will always keep the player first and this new opportunity will allow for better deployment and management of resources. Focus will be on building and maintaining a reputation for quality performance and coaching while continuing to invest in player development in the South Charlotte area to better serve players and the community.

Training will be held in the South Charlotte and possibly the Fort Mill areas.

MHS South will offer:
Professional Nationally Licensed Coaches
Quality Facilities with lights for night sessions
Great communication to keep parents informed well in advance of all club events
Cost effective Fees
Fund Raising opportunities to help reduce overall costs of play
Custom High Quality uniforms

We plan Open Tryouts for Spring Team in late September or early October.  For more information on staff, teams, tryouts can be found at: www.mhssouth.com


August 10, 2016

Greetings Everyone,

You’ve been asking for it. You’ve been waiting, you’ve been calling and FINALLY, we have an answer. August 9, 2016 the NC Youth Soccer Executive Board approved the USSF recommended policy for heading. Here it is - North Carolina Youth Soccer Policy on Heading.

  • 11U and younger
    - No heading. Games and/or Practice
  • 12U and 13U
    - 30 minutes per week w/ no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week
    - No restrictions on heading in matches.

The Referee Association has been informed of the Policy and they have received their instruction on how to address heading in matches.

“If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.”

This policy will be effective beginning with the Fall 2016/17 season.

This will also be the policy for all NCYSA Sanctioned Events. This includes but is not limited to NCYSA League Play and NCYSA Sanctioned Tournaments.

If you have any questions, let us know.

Keith Price



May 19, 2016

Mint Hill Soccer Expansion Continues

Mint Hill Athletic Association is very excited to announce our continued expansion into the Belmont, Mount Holly, Gastonia, West Charlotte and surrounding areas, to offer youth soccer opportunities to these communities. The new organization will bring the well-respected soccer leadership, administrative staff, and resources of Mint Hill Soccer (MHS) to the greater Gaston area with tryouts for the 2016-2017 season scheduled for the weeks of May 16th and May 23rd.

We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to bring our individual player development model and family focused atmosphere to the area. This new opportunity will allow us to offer competitive teams for families who can stay closer to home playing on teams with neighbors and classmates. Our goal is to offer a product that understands we are working with kids while remembering that soccer is a game and we want to the players to have FUN while playing at a competitive level.

The new operation will be known as MHS Premiere. Jeff Phillips, has been assigned the role of Director of Coaching for the new branch.

MHS Premiere will always keep the player first and this new opportunity will allow for better deployment and management of resources. Focus will be on building and maintaining a reputation for quality performance and coaching while continuing to invest in player development in the Gaston and surrounding areas to better serve players and the community.

An informal information meeting is set for May 16th, 7:15pm at Bess Elementary School in between tryout sessions. Please come by for to get more information on the MHS Premiere program.

More information on staff, teams, tryouts can be found at: www.mhspremiere.com

Mint Hill Soccer gives back to those who served

Mint Hill Soccer will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 am to 2:00pm at Mint Hill Sports Complex at 9700 Brief Rd, Mint Hill to benefit the national nonprofit, Homes for Our Troops.

Challenge soccer players will be wearing special camouflaged jerseys to promote this worthwhile organization. During the matches, there will be raffles, and players will be collecting donations from fans. All proceeds from concession sales will be dedicated to help with the effort.

Homes for Our Troops mission is to provide mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans of post 9/11, enabling them to rebuild their lives.

The soccer players are excited to help provide some relief to these wonderful veterans, like Mooresville Marine Corporal Garrett J. Carnes, who lost both legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2012.  All money raised will go to Corporal Carnes to help his family with a home suited to his needs.

The goal is to raise $2,000.

The effort has already started with game day collections last weekend.  There will be a special emphasis during games held on May 16th and Mint Hill Soccer will have a booth at Mint Hill Madness on Memorial Day Weekend.

A Go Fund Me page has been established to accept online donations:


Time Warner Cable News Coverage:  http://fw.to/mPeoYGU

Contact Name – Keenan Harward
Phone number – 704-509-9736
Email –

More information URL: http://www.hfotusa.org/carnes


For more information about how to become involved with Homes for Our Troops or make a contribution, please visit www.hfotusa.org

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of the Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic, or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These mortgage free homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed defending ours, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and Rebuilding their Lives. Since its’ founding in 2004, over 90 percent of donations has gone directly to support the Veterans.


Mint Hill Soccer Brings Home the Hardware

Mooresville, NC (June 22nd, 2014) – Mint Hill Soccer sent 11 teams to the Powerade State Games (www.ncsports.org) Youth Soccer Tournament hosted at Mazeppa Road Park in Mooresville on June 21st to June 22nd.  Teams faced Youth Soccer teams from all over the state of North Carolina competing for the State Games title sponsored by Powerade.  Players ages 6 to 14, from Mint Hill Soccer teams, played 37 soccer games over the weekend.  Overall, Mint Hill Soccer won 18 games, tied 6 and had 12 losses.

Teams won Gold medals in the following divisions:  U10 Boys, U10 Girls, U14 Boys
Teams won Bronze medals in the following divisions:  U8 Boys, U9 Girls, U12 Girls

The U8 Boys, the Mint Hill Gators, coached by Keenan “Coach K” Harward and Damian Kopera, looked to better their Silver medal finish from the Yadkin Valley Soccer Tournament in May, but fell short and came home with Bronze.  They started the weekend with a loss against a strong SASL United team and eventual Gold medal winner, but gained momentum when they tied their next game and won the final two on Sunday to take home the Bronze Medal.

In the Under 9 Girls division, Mint Hill Poison Ivy, led by Coach Eric Wehr, took home the Bronze Medal in a tough U9 Girls division.  They lost their opening game versus the Twin Cities Twins, but won their second on Saturday versus the Lady Stallions.  The team was unable capitalize on the momentum on Sunday, falling in their final two matches, but their record of 1 win and 3 losses was enough to take home the Bronze Medal.

In the Under 10 Boys division, the Mint Hill Gators, led also by Coach K and Rob Guskiewicz, dominated the competition in pool play.  The boys played very inspired soccer and found ways to score goals in almost every fashion.  They played their Tiki-Taki style of soccer, controlling possession for the majority of the games, and winning the majority of the 50-50 balls from the air.  They scored on well executed set plays, including indirect free kicks and a couple of beautiful headers off corner kicks.  The team’s attack was relentless and their defense put up a wall that only allowed 5 goals all weekend.  The core of this team has played in the Powerade State Games for the last three years, winning Silver in 2012, Bronze in 2013 and now Gold in 2014.

In the Under 10 Girls division, the Mint Hill Lady Gators, another team led by Coach K with Chad O’Quinn, played their best soccer to date.  Missing one of their top scorers and one of their strong defensive players for the tournament, the Lady Gators were optimistic but not overly confident going in.  However, the girls found a way to play with passion and grace and took home the Gold Medal.  The girls scored 38 goals and only allowed 6 in four games and this from a team that normally only wins or loses by the gut wrenching or heart breaking single goal.  Not this time.  The girls have been on a roll since their disappointing 4th place finish in the McDonald’s Coast Classic in April, but they had some fantastic play this past weekend.  The team won Bronze in the 2013 Powerade State Games, and now they add Gold to their trophy case.

The Under 12 Girls led by Coach John McClendon started the weekend off with two draws against PISA Wetherill and RSC Lady Eagles and earned their first win on Sunday versus NCYSA Storm.  But their loss versus Gold Medal winners LASA United dropped them to a third place finish in the division and a Bronze medal.  We look forward to seeing more success out of this new team who are also affiliated with the World Outback Ministries.

The Under 14 Boys led by Coach Dino Silva, Mint Hill Soccer’s most veteran coach, and supported by assistants Gary Ramsey, Paul Cucchiara and Dio Barros took home Gold after controlling the U14 division for the weekend.  The team entered the tournament after an undefeated Regular Season looking to close out the season strong, and they did.  Only allowing 3 goals over the weekend event, scoring 19, the team showed why they are one of the best in Charlotte and in North Carolina.  The team has had many successes over the years, but winning Gold at the Powerade State Games, will be one they remember for a long time.  We expect several of the boys to have successful High School soccer careers and Coach Dino has played a major role in their success on and off the field, showing them how to win and lose as men with respect and honor.

Medals (gold, silver or bronze) qualify teams for the State Games of America.  The State Games of America is an Olympic-style event featuring competition from State Games medal winners from across the nation.  The event is held every two years.  The 2015 State Games of America will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Medal winners from the 2013 and 2014 Powerade State Games of North Carolina are eligible to participate.  Please visit http://www.sga2015.com for more information.

Mint Hill Soccer offers soccer for kids ages 3 to 18 in both the Recreation and Competitive levels.  Mint Hill Soccer will be hosting 3v3 Open Play soccer on Tuesdays beginning June 24th and its annual Soccer Camp, led by coaching staff from UK International Soccer, will be July 28th to August 1st.  Fall Soccer begins in August and registration is now open.  For more information, please visit www.mhaa.us.

Mint Hill Soccer Named NC Youth Soccer Association of the Year

Raleigh, NC (January 26th, 2014) – Mint Hill Soccer was named NC Youth Soccer Association of the Year at the Annual NC Youth Soccer Association meetings in Raleigh January 26, 2014. Rick Pierce, VP of Recreation presented the award to Keenan Harward, President of Mint Hill Soccer at the Annual Awards luncheon. Rick Pierce remarked, “Mint Hill Soccer has been a model program in the growth of soccer in North Carolina and in their community.”

Keenan Harward, or Coach K as the kids like to call him, noted, “We have worked very hard to improve our program. We’ve partnered with the local universities and UK International Soccer in helping to develop players and teach kids the fun of the game. We have focused on player development over winning. We have also invested in US Youth Soccer Coach Training. It’s all about the kids. Giving coaches the tools to teach the kids to love the game has played a huge role in our success and growth.”

Mint Hill Soccer serves the Town of Mint Hill, Matthews, the East Charlotte area as well as kids from Harrisburg, Midland and Union County. Players ages 3 to 18, both boys and girls, can play soccer in Mint Hill. Mint Hill Soccer offers Recreation Soccer 3 to 18 year olds and Challenge and Classic Soccer for players 7 to 14.

For more information about Mint Hill Soccer email or to Register to play, please visit www.mhaa.us/Registration