The enrollment numbers were submitted in the Fall, and on January 4, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) recently released its classification realignment by sport — including for boys and girls soccer.
In the WPIAL (PIAA’s District 7), there will be some significant movement at the top, as four boys soccer programs will be dropping down in class from 4A to 3A, and more dropping from 3A to 2A and from 2A to 1A.
The WPIAL now has the task to officially set up sections for each Boys and Girls classification, but we took a stab at this below too.
Here’s a closer look at how things should look in the WPIAL for boys soccer classifications in 2022-23 and 2023-24. (Look for a separate post for Girls Soccer Classification Reports to come this weekend too).
PIAA BOYS SOCCER CLASSIFICATION REPORT TO IMPACT WPIAL SCHOOLS
In the WPIAL, the biggest changes are going to come in the South Hills and Westmoreland Coutny as Peters Township, Bethel Park, Connellsville, Greater Latrobe Penn-Trafford are all designated to drop into 3A. (Update: Peters Township, along with Jeannette, have opted to move up in class for the next cycle)
Moon (458 boys) came awfully close to moving up to 4A, but they’ll remain in 3A for another cycle, while Shaler comes in right above the treshold, thus will remain at the 4A level too.
This will make for what remains very crowded field in 3A and 2A,,while 4A is now down to 17 schools (likely two eight team sections?).
Keep in mind, there could continue to be a few potential Co-op’s between schools and some other schools could opt not to field boys soccer teams, therefore the numbers below may be condensed a tad.
Here are the enrollment parameters for each classification plus total number of WPIAL schools heading into 2022-23
- Class 4A:
- Enrollment parameters: 465 & up
- 16 WPIAL/PPS schools
- Class 3A:
- Enrollment parameters: 264-464
- 31 WPIAL/PPS schools
- Class 2A:
- Enrollment parameters: 157-265
- 33 WPIAL schools:
- Class 1A:
- Enrollment parameters: 1-156
- 26 WPIAL schools
PSN’s Projected Section Realignment for 2022-23 & 2023-24
Class 4A (17 schools)
Defending champion: Seneca Valley
Opted to stay up in Classification +
SECTION 1: Allderdice, Butler, Fox Chapel, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler
SECTION 2: Baldwin, Brashear, Central Catholic, Canon-McMillan, Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon, Norwin, Peters Twp +, Upper St. Clair
Editors Note: In 4A, WPIAL should probably opt for an eight-team playoff format with the top four teams in each eight-team section qualifying for the playoffs.
Class 3A (31 schools)
Defending champion: Hampton
Moved Down from 4A > | Moved Up from 2A ^
SECTION 1: Armstrong, Hampton, Highlands, Indiana, Kiski Area, Mars, North Catholic ^, Obama Academy
SECTION 2: Ambridge ^, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Moon, West Allegheny, Montour, Chartiers Valley, South Fayette
SECTION 3: Albert Gallatin, , Bethel Park >, Ringgold, Trinity, , Thomas Jefferson, Uniontown, Washington (C)
SECTION 4: Franklin Regional, Gateway, Connellsville,> Penn-Trafford >, Latrobe >, Laurel Highlands, Penn Hills, Plum
*McKeesport did not compete in Section play in 2021; are included on the list of schools that fall into 3A standing.
Class 2A (33 schools)
Defending champion: Quaker Valley
Moved Down from 3A > | Moved Up from 1A ^ | Opted to play up in Classification +
SECTION 1: East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Ligonier Valley, South Allegheny, South Park, Steel Valley, West Mifflin > , Woodland Hills >
SECTION 2: Deer Lakes, Derry, Freeport >, Jeannette +, Knoch >, Leechberg (c), Shady Side Academy, Valley
SECTION 3: Belle Vernon >, Brownsville, Greensburg Salem >, McGuffey, Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland, Waynesburg, Yough
SECTION 4: Avonworth, Beaver Area >, Elwood City, Hopewell, Keystone Oaks, Mohawk, Quaker Valley, Riverside ^, (New Brighton *)
* Note: New Brighton did not have a team for 2021 season
Class 1A (27 schools)
Defending champion: Winchester Thurston
Moved Down from 2A >
SECTION 1: Beaver County Christian, Freedom >, Neshannock, Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Sewickley Academy, South Side Beaver
SECTION 2: Burrell >, Geibel Catholic, Greensburg Central Catholic, Serra, St. Joseph, Trinity Christian
SECTION 3: Aquinas Academy, Bishop Canevin, Carlynton, Eden Christian, Riverview, Springdale, Winchester Thurston
SECTION 4: Bentworth, Beth-Center, Brentwood, California (c), Charleroi >, Chartiers-Houston, Seton-LaSalle
* Monessen played in 2021 as a co-op with California). Also noted that two additional schools (Vicentian & Quigley Catholic) in 1A which fielded teams during last classification report are no longer open.