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WPIAL boys soccer classification realignment (2024-25)

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The wait is finally over, as the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Sports League (WPIAL — PIAA’s District 7) approved the realignment of classifications for the 2024 and 2025 Fall Sports cycles, including for boys and girls soccer at its Board of Directors’ meeting on Monday.

Check out the full breakdown below to find the complete realignment per classification with each of the sections for WPIAL BOYS Soccer in 2024-25 along with some of our notes.

Boys’ soccer will have 107 teams competing in section play across four classifications. Class 4A has 18 teams competing in three sections, Class 3A has 31 teams competing in four sections, Class 2A has 33 teams competing in four sections, and Class 1A has 25 teams competing in four sections.

Based on PIAA’s most updated boys and girls enrollment numbers released in late November, the new cycle will see some movement of schools up and down in classifications for 2024 and 2025, while there are also a few schools who have elected to remain in higher classifications.

Tentative release date for boys and girls soccer section schedules will be Tuesday, February 27.


Class 4A has moved from two sections to three in the new cycle, with a total of 18 schools now part of the highest classification.


  • Central Catholic
  • Gateway (competed in 3A in 2022-23)
  • Hempfield
  • Norwin – defending WPIAL champion
  • Penn Hills (competed in 3A in 2022-23)
  • Plum (competed in 3A in 2022-23)


  • Canon-McMillan
  • Connellsville (competed in 3A in 2022-23)
  • Mt. Lebanon
  • Peters Township
  • Upper St. Clair
  • Woodland Hills (competed in 2A in 2022-23)


  • Butler
  • Fox Chapel
  • North Allegheny
  • North Hills
  • Pine-Richland
  • Seneca Valley


Class 3A now has 31 teams, with four sections.


  • Armstrong
  • Hampton
  • Indiana
  • Kiski Area
  • Knoch
  • Mars
  • Obama Academy
  • Shaler (competed in 4A in 2022-23)


  • Albert Gallatin
  • Bethel Park
  • Laurel Highlands
  • McKeesport
  • Ringgold
  • South Fayette – defending WPIAL champion 
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Trinity


  • Allderdice (competed in 4A in 2022-23)
  • Belle Vernon
  • Franklin Regional
  • Greater Latrobe
  • Penn-Trafford
  • Uniontown
  • Washington
  • West Mifflin


  • Ambridge
  • Baldwin
  • Blackhawk
  • Chartiers Valley
  • Montour
  • Moon
  • West Allegheny


Class 2A is the largest classification, with 33 teams in four sections


  • Burrell
  • Deer Lakes
  • Freeport
  • Highlands
  • Leechburg
  • North Catholic (competed in 3A in 2022-23)
  • Shady Side Academy
  • Valley


  • Avonworth
  • Beaver
  • Central Valley
  • Ellwood City
  • Hopewell
  • Keystone Oaks
  • Mohawk
  • Quaker Valley
  • Riverside


  • East Allegheny
  • Elizabeth Forward
  • Ligonier Valley
  • McGuffey
  • Seton LaSalle
  • South Allegheny
  • South Park – defending WPIAL champion
  • Steel Valley


  • Brownsville
  • Charleroi (completed in Class 1A in 2022-23)
  • Derry
  • Greensburg Salem
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Southmoreland
  • Waynesburg Central
  • Yough


Class 1A has 24 teams, in four sections


  • Beaver County Christian
  • Eden Christian Academy
  • Freedom Area
  • Neshonnock
  • Sewickley Academy
  • South Side (Beaver)


  • Bentworth – defending WPIAL champion
  • Beth-Center
  • California
  • Chartiers-Houston
  • Geibel Catholic
  • Greensburg Central Catholic


  • Aquanis Academy
  • Bishop Canevin
  • Brentwood
  • Carlynton
  • Our Lady of the Most Sacred Heart
  • Serra Catholic


  • Jeannette
  • Riverview
  • Saint Joseph
  • Springdale
  • Trinity Christian
  • Winchester Thurston

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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