Welcome to our West Charlotte Gastonia Youth Recreational Program page! Here you will find information on the Recreational Programs we offer in this region including Gastonia, Shelby, Kings Mountain, Mountain Island, Mount Holly, and Belmont. Look below to find program descriptions, pricing, facilities used, uniforms, and more!

Program Overview

Our West Charlotte and Gastonia Youth Recreation Program offers 2 levels of play. We offer these programs in the Spring and the Fall. Have questions about our programs in this area? Reach out to our Director Andrew Ward at andreww@independencesoccer.club.

K.I.N.G.S (Kicking Is Not Good Soccer) U5-U6: What do you mean kicking is not good soccer? Soccer is a game of ball control. In this entry-level program for ages U5-U6 players (2016-2015 birth years), we teach the players the FUNdamentals of ball control including dribbling, advancing with the ball in control, and beginning work on passing. Learning ball control at an early age sets the player up for future success as their game and skill advances. In K.I.N.G.S. we focus on a few things; first having fun, second, fostering a love for this great game, and finally delivering a great experience in a safe environment. This is the first step in our Player Pathways and the foundational beginning of what we call The Independence Way, a proven successful method of developing soccer players of all ages and all skill levels. Players in this program will have 1- hour session for 8 weeks. We are also offering a 5-week reduced season!

Youth Development Program (YDP) U7-U8: Our Youth Development Program (YDP) (2014-2013 birth years) serves as step two in our Player Pathway and also serves as a bridge between our Recreational programs and our Competitive programs. The YDP's deliver an environment for the players to learn at a greater depth. With licensed professional coaches, we follow a curriculum designed to develop and improve the technical playing ability of each player. Players will develop a comfortability and greater confidence with the ball. The knowledge and technical ability gained will be applied to scrimmages and games. Lessons learned in YDP will be applied in competitive situations. Players in this program will have 1 session each week during their 8 week season with a professional Charlotte Independence Soccer Coach. We are now also offering a 5-week reduced season!


Fall 2020 Dates/Timeline Coming Soon!

8-Week Season 

  • Fall season begins September 9th
  • 1 session per week lasting an hour
  • Spring season dates TBD

5-Week Season 

  • Fall season begins October 5th
  • 1 session per week lasting an hour
  • Spring seasons dates TBD
          Facilities and Practice Schedules
Pearl Henderson Park Wednesdays 5:15 p.m-6:00 p.m Wednesdays 6:00 p.m-7:00 p.m


Age Group Fees
Program Fall Season Fall and Spring Season Jersey

 K.I.N.G.S U5-U6

$20.00 $40.00 $10
YDP U7-U8 $20.00 $40.00 $10

$10 Training Jersey is required.

Upon completion of program registration, you will receive an email with link to order. This email will include a discount coupon.


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