The high school soccer season will be officially kicking off with practice sessions beginning Monday, August 16.
With the new season comes some adjusted realigning of sections during the middle year between formal realignments, which typically take place every two years based on school enrollment numbers. The WPIAL had no choice but to make some adjustments from the 2020-2021 realignment, which shifted numerous schools around to different sections and classifications during the Fall 2020 season.
The most notable changes for this season will come in Girls Class 1A, as a few private school closings (Quigley & Vincentian) has shifted some things, but overall, the landscape among WPIAL girls soccer classifications looks very similiar to what it looked like during the 2020 season.
Class 4A (19 teams)
SECTION 1: Butler, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler Area
SECTION 2: Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon McMillan, Moon, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Twp and Upper St. Clair
SECTION 3: Allderdice, Fox Chapel, Hempfield, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford
No changes from 2020.
Class 3A (29 teams)
SECTION 1 – Armstrong, Franklin Regional, Gateway, Hampton, Indiana, Kiski, Knoch
SECTION 2: Albert Gallatin, Belle Vernon, Connellsville, Greensburg Salem, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Trinity, Uniontown
SECTION 3: Brashear, Oakland Catholic, Obama Academy, Penn Hills, Plum, Thomas Jefferson, Woodland Hills
SECTION 4: Blackhawk, Central Valley, Mars, Montour, South Fayette, West Allegheny
No changes from 2020
Class 2A (24 teams – down one school from 2020)
SECTION 1: Ambridge, Avonworth, Beaver Area, Hopewell, North Catholic, Quaker Valley
SECTION 2: Burrell, Deer Lakes, Freeport, Highlands, Shady Side Academy, Valley
SECTION 3: Brownsville, McGuffey, Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland, Waynesburg, Yough
SECTION 4: East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Keystone Oaks, South Allegheny, South Park, West Mifflin
Changes: Ellwood City (not fielding a team in 2021)
Class 1A (27 teams, down two from 2020)
SECTION 1: Apollo Ridge, Greensburg Central Catholic, Jeannette, Ligonier Valley, Riverview, Serra Catholic, Springdale
SECTION 2: Bentworth, Beth-Center, Charleroi, Chartiers-Houston, Monessen, Seton-LaSalle, Steel Valley
SECTION 3: Freedom, Mohawk, Neshonnock, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Riverside, South Side Beaver
SECTION 4: Acquinas Academy, Bishop Canevin, Carlynton, Eden Christian, Ellis School, Sewickley Academy, Winchester Thurston
Changes: Quigley (school closing), Vincentian (school closing)