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PIAA Releases Enrollment Numbers for WPIAL Boys Soccer

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) released new enrollment numbers for high schools in the state on Tuesday, which will impact where WPIAL boys and girls soccer teams play the next two seasons.

The PIAA report was sorted by district.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now has taken this list one step further, providing a stand-alone list of WPIAL schools by designated soccer classification. The numbers revealed where WPIAL teams will be initially designated to play soccer from 4A through 1A for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.    However, these reports do not include competition formula or voluntary upgrades, which a number of programs elected to do during the 2022-23 classification period and will likely expect to see again in 2024-25.

We’ve also noted if schools competed in a different classification in the most recent competition period (2022-23) and have included the enrollment numbers of the largest and smallest schools by each designated classification.  Pittsburgh Public Schools (considered PIAA District 8) are included at the bottom.

The next step in this process, the WPIAL will formally reveal the Classifications and Section realignment for boys and girls soccer in 2024-25.  Some schools, especially those who dropped down in classification, may elect to stay up for sake of maintaining neighboring rivals/traditional sections. In the previous cycle, Peters Township elected to stay up in Class 4A, even when their enrollment numbers dipped.  However, in this upcoming cycle, Peters’ are designated to compete in Class 4A.

The current number of schools breakdown by classification is 4A (18), 3A (30), 2A (32), 1A (24)

Among the schools that will be moving in classifications include:

4A:  Plum, Connellsville, Penn Hills and Gateway will be designated to move up (Woodland Hills — competed in 2A in 2022-23, so their status for 2024-25 is uncertain)

3A: Belle Vernon Area, Washington, Knoch, Avonworth and West Mifflin will be designated to move up; Alderdice will be designated to move down to 3A from 4A.

2A: Central Valley will be designated to drop down; Burrell, Charleroi and Seton LaSalle are designated to move up

1A: no schools have dropped down from 2A

To reiterate, PIAA lists released Tuesday are not finalized. Teams can voluntarily “play up” into a higher classification. The play-up deadline is Friday.  The lists also do not include moves forced by the PIAA competitive-balance rule. Those will be determined later. For the previous cycle (2022-23), the soccer realignment announcement came in January 2022.

WPIAL Boys Soccer (Schools Classified by Enrollment 2024-25) 

Click to access 2024_Boys_Soccer.pdf


  1. North Allegheny High School (1119)
  2. Seneca Valley High School
  3. Butler Area High School
  4. Norwin High School
  5. Canon McMillan High School
  6. Hempfield Area High School
  7. Mount Lebanon High School
  8. Woodland Hills High School (Class 2A in 2022-23)
  9. North Hills High School
  10. Fox Chapel Area High School
  11. Connellsville Area Senior High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  12. Central Catholic High School
  13. Pine-Richland High School
  14. Plum High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  15. Upper Saint Clair High School
  16. Penn Hills High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  17. Peters Township High School (Voluntarily competed in 4A in 2022-23)
  18. Gateway High School (495) (Class 3A in 2022-23) 


  1. Baldwin High School (492)
  2. Armstrong Senior High School
  3. Bethel Park High School
  4. Moon Area High School
  5. Greater Latrobe Senior High School
  6. Franklin Regional High School
  7. Penn-Trafford High School
  8. Kiski Area High School
  9. Shaler Area High School
  10. South Fayette High School
  11. Trinity High School
  12. McKeesport Area High School
  13. Mars Area High School
  14. Chartiers Valley High School
  15. Uniontown Area High School
  16. Albert Gallatin High School
  17. Thomas Jefferson High School
  18. West Allegheny High School
  19. Montour High School
  20. Indiana Area Senior High School
  21.  Hampton High School
  22. Ringgold High School
  23. Laurel Highlands High School
  24.  Blackhawk High School
  25. Belle Vernon Area High School (Class 2A in 2022-23)
  26. Washington High School (Class 2A in 2022-23)
  27. Ambridge Area High School
  28. Knoch High School (Class 2A in 2022-23)
  29. Avonworth High School  (Class 2A in 2022-23)
  30. West Mifflin Area High School (296) (Class 2A in 2022-23)


  1. Highlands High School (291)
  2. Central Valley High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  3. Greensburg Salem High School
  4. Valley Junior-Senior High School (Did not compete in 2022-23) 
  5. Leechburg Area High School
  6. Ellwood City Lincoln High School
  7. Hopewell High School
  8. Derry Area High School
  9. Elizabeth Forward High School
  10. Beaver Area High School
  11. Waynesburg Central Senior High School
  12. North Catholic High School
  13. East Allegheny High School
  14. Yough Senior High School
  15. Deer Lakes High School
  16. Burrell High School (Class 1A in 2022-23)
  17. Quaker Valley High School
  18. Freeport Area Senior High School
  19. Mount Pleasant Area High School
  20. Charleroi Area High School (Class 1A in 2022-23)
  21. McGuffey High School
  22. Southmoreland High School
  23. Ligonier Valley High School
  24. South Park High School
  25. Keystone Oaks High School
  26. Brownsville Area High School
  27. Seton LaSalle Catholic High School (Class 1A in 2022-23)
  28. South Allegheny High School
  29. Riverside High School
  30. Steel Valley High School
  31.  Mohawk Area High School
  32. Shady Side Academy (177) (Voluntarily played up to Class 2A in 2022-23) 


  1. Carlynton High School (165)
  2. California Area High School
  3. Freedom Area High School
  4. South Side High School
  5. Brentwood High School
  6. Bentworth High School
  7. Chartiers Houston High School
  8. Bethlehem Center High School
  9. Riverview High School
  10. Neshannock High School
  11. Springdale High School
  12. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School
  13. Jeannette Jr/Sr High School (Voluntarily played up to Class 2A in 2022-23) 
  14. Winchester Thurston High School
  15. Greensburg Central Catholic High School
  16. Bishop Canevin High School
  17. Serra Catholic High School
  18. Sewickley Academy
  19. Eden Christian Academy High School
  20. Trinity Christian School
  21.  Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh
  22. Beaver County Christian High School
  23. Saint Joseph High School
  24. Geibel Catholic High School (31)

Pittsburgh City Schools (Compete in WPIAL)  


Taylor Allderdice High School (474)
Brashear High School (418)
Obama Academy (303)


Carrick High School (221)

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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