Current Division Standings: Boys Girls
Boys and Girls play slated to begin this Fall
League to provide greater opportunities for elite club players and direct entry into US Youth Soccer National Championships
FRISCO, TEXAS (July 16, 2007) – US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the first teams chosen for the US Youth Soccer National League, the organization's latest offering for elite club soccer players seeking to advance their college, professional and U.S. National Team aspirations.
For elite-level teams, the US Youth Soccer National League is a natural extension of the current system of leagues within the four regions of US Youth Soccer. Top teams from each of the four US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues earn their way into the National League.
The new league will create a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships. The National Championships, established in 1976, is the culmination of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series where the nation's champions are crowned in six age groups for boys and girls.
US Youth Soccer National League Teams
Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner believes the quality of teams applying to be second to none. ""US Youth Soccer has long stood as the leader in youth soccer and in the organization of events that allow the country's youth to showcase their talents in an environment that is designed for the players. The addition of the National League provides a truly national opportunity for players to develop and test themselves in meaningful competition.""
As is the case with the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series events and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, the National League creates another significant opportunity for the nation's collegiate, professional and national team staffs to see players in an environment of meaningful play.
The top four finishers in National League play in each age group will retain their slots in the league for the 2008-09 season provided that the teams meet all eligibility requirements.
US Youth Soccer National League | Overview
Competition will be held for the nation's top teams in the Under-15 and Under-16 age groups, boys and girls. Each gender age group will have eight teams. The league will offer additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offer top notch competition. National League teams will continue play in their respective US Youth Soccer State Championships and Regional Leagues.
Teams: The top boys and girls youth soccer clubs
Age Groups: U-15 and U-16 teams; providing opportunities for more than 2,000 players
Competition Format: Each team will play a seven-game schedule, one head-to-head game in each age group. The schedule for 2007 will be announced shortly. The top two teams, from each age group, advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Future Expansion: The Under-17 age group, boys and girls, will be added for the 2008-09 season year. The number of teams selected to participate in 2008-09 has yet to be determined. An increase in the number of teams in each gender age group is subject to the approval of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors
as of June 5, 2007
Important Documents for US Youth Soccer National League:
The US Youth Soccer National League (NL) will begin operation in the 2007-08 seasonal year (September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008). Competition will be held for the Under 15 and Under 16 age groups, boys and girls. Each gender age group will have eight teams.
Teams Eligible to Participate
For the 2007-08 seasonal year, all teams that have played in a top US Youth Soccer recognized Regional League of each region during the 2006-07 seasonal year will be eligible to apply to play in the NL. The team application is available here and is to be filed with the NL Commissioner.
Selection of Teams
Team Applications from teams of a top US Youth Soccer recognized Regional League will be reviewed by its Regional Director who will make recommendations to the NL concerning those teams. The NL Committee will select the eight teams in each gender age group. The NL Committee must select at least one team from each region and not more than three teams from any one region in each gender age group.
The team application is available here and applications will be accepted through July 5, 2007, 5:00 pm ET. The selection of teams will be made on or around July 11, 2007.
Each team will play a seven-game schedule facing each team within its age group one time. One scheduling model has NL teams playing three games over two weekends (one game per day) and a single game on a third weekend. The NL is targeting the following weekends/time periods for NL play: Thanksgiving Weekend, Christmas-New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend, Presidents Day Weekend and Easter Weekend. It is expected that the schedule will be tailored for each of the respective divisions based on the teams selected and could include other play dates.
The NL Rules are available by clicking the link above.
Participation in the US Youth Soccer National Championships
The top two eligible teams in each gender age group that are not teams representing their region at the US Youth Soccer National Championships held in North Little Rock, Arkansas in July 2008, shall qualify as additional teams to the National Championships (thus a total of six teams will qualify for the National Championships in the Boys and Girls U15 and U16 age groups—four regional champs and two teams from the NL).
Requirements of NL Teams
NL teams will be required to pay a team fee of $500.00. The NL shall cover all costs associated with the conducting of matches including but not limited to field rental costs, referee fees/expenses etc. US Youth Soccer shall not be liable for transportation, lodging, or injury to persons or property sustained during the course of NL events.
Teams will be using players listed on their official stamped State Association roster for NL play. No guest players will be allowed.
The NL is governed by the National League Charter that has established a National League Committee to administer the NL. A Commissioner has been appointed to oversee the day-to-day operations of the NL.
Retaining Slots in the US Youth Soccer National League
The top four finishers in NL play in each age group shall retain their slots in the NL for the 2008-09 season, provided that such teams meet all eligibility requirements and continue to participate in their respective State Cup Competition and Regional League.
Beginning with the 2008-09 season year, the Under 17 age group (boys and girls) will be added. The number of teams selected to participate in 2008-09 is yet to be determined. An increase in the number of teams in each gender age group is subject to the approval of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors.
For more information, please email NationalLeague@usyouthsoccer.org.