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PIAA Releases Enrollment Numbers for WPIAL Girls 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, one example of this, Shady Side Academy elected to stay up in Class 2A, even when their enrollment numbers remained applicable for the school to compete in 1A.

On the Girls side in WPIAL soccer there appears to be a lot of movement between the bottom side of Class 4A and the top side of 3A, as Connellsville, Latrobe, Penn-Trafford would each be set to return to 4A after competing the past two years in 3A.  Meanwhile, Upper St. Clair, Fox Chapel (two District semifinalists), Shaler and Bethel Park, are now designated for lower classification.

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 Girls Soccer (Schools classified by enrollment 2024-25) 

Click to access 2024_Girls_Soccer.pdf


  1. North Allegheny High School (1008)
  2. Seneca Valley High School
  3. Butler Area High School
  4. Norwin High School
  5. Hempfield Area High School
  6. Canon McMillan High School
  7. Mount Lebanon High School
  8. Woodland Hills High School (Class 2A in 2022-23) 
  9. Pine-Richland High School
  10. North Hills High School
  11. Connellsville Area Senior High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  12. Baldwin High School
  13. Greater Latrobe Senior High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  14. Peters Township High School
  15. Penn-Trafford High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  16. Armstrong Senior High School (475) (Did not compete in 2022-23) 


  1. Upper Saint Clair High School (472) (Class 4A in 2022-23) 
  2. Penn Hills High School
  3.  Plum High School
  4. Bethel Park High School (Class 4A in 2022-23) 
  5.  Shaler Area High School (Class 4A in 2022-23) 
  6. Fox Chapel Area High School (Class 4A in 2022-23) 
  7. Kiski Area High School
  8. South Fayette High School
  9. Moon Area High School
  10. Gateway High School
  11. Uniontown Area High School
  12. Mars Area High School
  13. Montour High School
  14. Franklin Regional High School
  15. Trinity High School
  16. McKeesport Area High School (Did not compete in 2022-23)
  17. Albert Gallatin High School
  18. West Allegheny High School
  19. Chartiers Valley High School
  20. Thomas Jefferson High School
  21. Indiana Area Senior High School
  22. Blackhawk High School
  23. West Mifflin Area High School
  24. Greensburg Salem High School
  25. Laurel Highlands High School
  26. Hampton High School
  27. Oakland Catholic High School
  28. Elizabeth Forward High School (289)


  1. Belle Vernon Area High School (281) (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  2. Ringgold High School (Class 3A in 2022-23) 
  3. Avonworth High School
  4. Central Valley High School
  5. Ellwood City Lincoln High School (Did not compete in 2022-23)
  6. Southmoreland High School
  7. Knoch High School
  8. Beaver Area High School
  9. Ambridge Area High School
  10.  Valley Junior-Senior High School
  11. Freeport Area Senior High School
  12. North Catholic High School
  13. Burrell High School
  14. Hopewell High School
  15. Yough Senior High School
  16. Mount Pleasant Area High School
  17. South Park High School
  18. Charleroi Area High School (Class 1A in 2022-23) 
  19. Deer Lakes High School
  20. Quaker Valley High School
  21. East Allegheny High School
  22. Keystone Oaks High School
  23. McGuffey High School
  24. Ligonier Valley High School
  25. Steel Valley High School (186) (Class 1A in 2022-23) 


  1. Mohawk Area High School (171)
  2. Brownsville Area High School (Class 2A in 2022-23) 
  3. South Allegheny High School
  4. Riverside High School
  5. Seton LaSalle Catholic High School
  6. Waynesburg Central Senior High School
  7. Bethlehem Center High School
  8. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School
  9. Shady Side Academy (voluntarily competed in Class 1A in 2022-23) 
  10. Apollo Ridge High School
  11. Monessen High School
  12. Neshannock High School
  13. Carlynton High School
  14. Bentworth High School
  15. Chartiers Houston High School
  16. Freedom Area High School
  17.  Winchester Thurston High School
  18. Riverview High School
  19. Greensburg Central Catholic High School
  20. South Side High School
  21. The Ellis School
  22. Jeannette Jr/Sr High School
  23. Springdale High School
  24. Eden Christian Academy High School
  25. Serra Catholic High School
  26. Sewickley Academy
  27. Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh
  28. Bishop Canevin High School (65)

Pittsburgh City Schools (Schools classified by enrollment 2024-25) 


Taylor Allderdice High School (566)

Brashear High School (464) (Did not compete in 2022-23)


Obama Academy (335) (Did not compete in 2022-23)


Carrick High School (236) (Did not compete in 2022-23)

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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