Schedule Announced for National League's Winter Games
Under-15 boys team will clench spot in National Championships at Disney
US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the second series of games of the US Youth Soccer National League at Disney's Soccer Showcase near Orlando, Fla. Games are set to be played Thursday, December 27, 2007 – January 2, 2008.
These upcoming games are critical to the standings for the league and for the teams seeking to earn their place in the 2008 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Currently leading the standings are Under-15 Girls So Cal Blues - Dodge, Under-16 Girls Eclipse Select 91-92, Under-15 Boys Chicago Fire Juniors-Red and Under-16 Boys Dallas Texans 92 Red Dallas.
"We were very happy with our first games and the feedback received from those in attendance was overwhelmingly positive," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner. "The National League is about the players and providing another opportunity to further their development and opportunities within the US Youth Soccer structure. The league is looking forward to another great series of games in Florida.""
The newly developed league is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. Selected regional league teams in the Under-15 and Under-16 Boys' and Girls' divisions are expected to showcase their abilities and talent on the newly formed national league stage.
National League's last series of games will be played in April in Dallas for the Boys Under-16 and Girls Under-15 and Under-16 divisions. Each National League team will face opponents within its division once in round-robin competition.
In addition to the scouting opportunities for collegiate and U.S. Soccer National Staff coaches, the top two teams that do not capture Regional Cup titles in each age group will earn berths to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships at the end of July. The National Championships is the culmination of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series where the nation's champions are crowned in six age groups (Under-14 through Under-19) for boys and girls.
The top four teams in the National League will retain their slots in the league for the 2008-09 seasons, provided that the teams meet all eligibility requirements. The league will look to add the Under-17 age group, boys and girls, in 2008.
*Subject to change
For more information about the US Youth Soccer National League, including latest schedules, scores and more visit www.USYouthSoccer.org
. Future schedules will be available shortly on USYouthSoccer.org.
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