Here are five things to keep an eye on during the 2016 boys soccer season.
*Over the past decade, there has been one constant in WPIAL boys soccer -- a team from one particular section has won the Class AAA title. Canon-McMillan, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park have combined to win the last 10 titles. The teams played in Class AAA Section 5 last season, but have shifted to Class 4A Section 2 due to the PIAA realigning to four classifications. Canon-McMillan won the Class AAA championship last season by beating Fox Chapel, 2-1, in overtime in the final. The Big Macs graduated four all-section players, including Post-Gazette Player of the Year Nick Sodini. Junior defender Jonah Moore, also an all-section pick, returns.
*The realignment has the WPIAL fairly balanced when it comes to teams in each class. Class 4A includes 26 teams, 3A includes 25, 2A includes 27, and 1A includes 30. There are four sections in each class and the top four teams in each section will qualify for the playoffs. Last season's WPIAL Class AA champion, South Fayette, is in Class 3A, while Class A champ Seton-LaSalle is in Class 1A.