Breaking down changes to the 2022-23 WPIAL boys soccer alignment
Monday, June 20, 2022 | 8:18 AM
The WPIAL has released or will soon release new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.
This summer, the Tribune-Review will break down changes for each of the WPIAL sports.
Here’s a look at the upcoming WPIAL boys soccer season:
2021 WPIAL championship
Class A: Winchester Thurston 3, Greensburg C.C. 1
• There will be quite a change in Class 4A this season in WPIAL boys soccer.
Four teams are dropping to Class 3A, leading to a switch from a three-section alignment with 21 teams to a two-section grouping for 16 teams.
• Enrollment forced North Catholic, which was the WPIAL runner-up in Class 2A last season, up to Class 3A, where it will join a challenging Section 1 that includes reigning 3A champion Hampton, as well as quarterfinalists Mars and Kiski Area. Ambridge, a Class 2A semifinalist last season, also moved up to Class 3A.
• Section 2-2A will have a new look this season. Holdovers Deer Lakes, Derry, Leechburg and Shady Side Academy will welcome Freeport, Greensburg Salem and Knoch, who dropped from 3A, and Jeannette elected to play up a class. Former members Burrell and Ligonier Valley dropped to Class A, and Valley will not play a WPIAL schedule.
• McKeesport will field a boys soccer team this season and will join Section 4-3A with Franklin Regional, Gateway, Latrobe, Obama Academy, Penn Hills, Penn-Trafford and Plum. The Tigers went 4-11 last season and 2-5-1 in 2020 playing a non-league schedule.
Out of WPIAL
• In addition to Valley not playing a WPIAL schedule, Brashear also will not play in the WPIAL this season. Brashear, a City League school, has played in the WPIAL since the 2012-13 season. Fellow City League teams Allderdice and Obama Academy will continue to play in the WPIAL the next two seasons.
• New Brighton, which did not field a team last season, also will not have a team with a WPIAL schedule for the next two years.
Aug. 15: First practice date
Aug. 21: First scrimmage date
Aug. 26: First play date
Oct. 19: Soccer playoff pairings
Nov. 3-5: WPIAL championship games
Nov. 18-19: PIAA championship games
Class 4A (16 teams)
Class 3A (31 teams)
Class 2A (31 teams)
Class A (27 teams)
Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BHartlep_Trib.
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