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WPIAL Realignment Brings Changes in Soccer

In December, the PIAA announced realignment that would see expansion of classifications in many sports, including boys and girls soccer, which will go from three to four classifications.
This week the WPIAL announced the new section alignments for both boys and girls soccer which will now consist of four classifications (AAAA, AAA, AA and A) each made up of four sections, except for Girls Class AA, which will have three sections.
This should provide for a playoff bracket with 16 teams in seven of the eight classifications, with four teams from each section qualifying for the playoffs, again, with the exception of Girls Class AA.
Here are the links to the full alignments or boys and girls:
WPIAL Boys Soccer 2016-17 Alignment
WPIAL Girls Soccer 2016-17 Alignment 
By all indications, the WPIAL finals will return to Highmark Stadium, but with eight title games, they may have to add another day (Sunday?) or switch to an alternate location for some finals.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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