US YOUTH SOCCER REGIONAL LEAGUES KICK OFF 2015 FALL SEASONS
September 11, 2015 03:20 PM
Several early matchups have taken place to kick off the 2015 fall season of the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, and the action will soon be in full swing across the country as more than 1,500 teams participate in meaningful games to test their development.
The leagues provide an opportunity for the most competitive teams in each region to play each other on a scheduled basis while also competing for placement in the prestigious US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, as well as the highly-competitive US Youth Soccer National League. The meaningful competition provides a stage for players to compete in front of college coaches to continue their soccer careers at the next level.
In Region IV, the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League (FWRL), featuring play in the Under-12 through Under-18 age groups, got underway in August with the first games in the California Regional League. The remaining FWRL subdivisions, the Northwest Division and the Desert Premier League, are set to begin their seasons on Sept. 12 in Washington and Sept. 18 in Utah, respectively.
Play has also begun in Region III, where boys and girls sides are nearly halfway through the fall season of the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Premier League (SRPL). The 2015 fall season features Under-14 through Under-18 teams and marks the debut of the SRPL’s new format, featuring two divisions — East and West. This past weekend, teams from the East Division met in Greenville, S.C., and Auburndale, Fla., while teams in the West Division competed in Tulsa, Okla., and Little Rock, Ark.
In Region II, the fall season of the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League (MRL) kicked off with games in August, and the action will continue with matchups in September, October and November. During fall play, another record number of teams — 546, compared to 500 in 2014 — will compete in the MRL in the Under-13 through Under-18 Girls age groups, as well as the Under-13 and Under-14 Boys age groups. Overall, the MRL features play for the Under-13 through Under-18 age groups for boys and girls teams, and the gender age groups not playing in the fall will hold their competition in the 2016 spring season.
The US Youth Soccer Region I Champions League is preparing for its first multi-game weekend of the season, with three matchups scheduled for Sept. 12. The fall season — featuring Under-14 Boys and Under-13 and Under-14 Girls — includes games in September, October and November. Overall, the Champions League features play for the Under-12 through Under-18 age groups for boys and girls teams, and the gender age groups not playing in the fall will hold their competition in the 2016 spring season.
Following the spring season, Regional League qualifiers will move on to their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, the second stage of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, with hopes of advancing to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious national soccer tournament in the country.
Additionally, the top teams in the 2015-16 Regional League competitions earn qualification for next year’s US Youth Soccer National League. The National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 boys and girls age groups. It offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and provides teams with the highest level of competition in the country as each side must earn its place in the league. In each gender age group, the top two teams from each division (Blue and Red) advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.