UPDATED: June 13, 2008 - Teams will be announced on or around July 11
Playing field expands to include Under-17 Boys and Girls
Applications for the 2008-2009 National League Season due June 10
After a very successful first year, the US Youth Soccer National League is accepting applications for the 2008-2009 season. Applications are due by June 10, 2008 at 5 p.m. ET.
US Youth Soccer is expanding the National League from Under-15 and Under-16 boys and girls teams to include Under-17 age group. Eight teams will qualify in each group with teams earning slots from play in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (i.e. US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League, US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League, US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League and the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League) or through previous National League qualification.
The top four finishers of the 07-08 National League season have earned the opportunity to retain their slots for the 08-09 season, providing the teams meet all eligibility requirements. It is expected that one team from each of the four Regional Leagues will join the top four to complete the eight teams per age group. If any eligible returning team does not participate in the 08-09 season, the National League Committee will select an additional eligible team to participate.
The Under-15 age group will consist of all new teams to the National League. It is expected that two teams from each Regional League will be selected.
All teams who would like to participate in the National League will need to submit an application and pay the $500 fee, which is returned if the team is not accepted.
Team applications will be reviewed by its US Youth Soccer Regional Director who will make recommendations to the National League concerning those teams. The National League Committee will select the eight teams in each gender age group.
Under-15 Boys – Baltimore Casa Mia Bays, Solar Red (N-TX), FC Delco Roadkill (E-PA), Chicago Fire Juniors
Under-16 Boys – Dallas Texans 92 Red – Dallas, YMS Explosion (E-PA), Manhattan Phoenix (E-NY), Cobb FC (GA)
Under-15 Girls – Dallas Texans 93G Red – Dallas, SoCal Blues-Dodge, PDA Tsunami (NJ), Eclipse Select 92-93 (IL)
Under-16 Girls – Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL), Dallas Texans Red 92G, ELA Elite (IL), SoCal Blues-Lippens
National League teams will play a seven-game schedule facing each team within its age group one time. Teams will participate in two play weekends during the season with all teams competing in National League play during an early December play weekend seeing each team play four games. The second play weekend will take place later in the season and feature three games for each team.
The top two teams from each age group will earn a slot to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships along with the four US Youth Soccer Regional Champions. The top four finishers in the Under-15 and Under-16 age groups in 08-09 National League play will also retain their slots in the loop for the 2009-10 season.
Teams are expected to be announced the week of
June 23 July 11 for the 08-09 National League season.
Please contact the National League Commissioner Paul Luchowski at NationalLeague@usyouthsoccer.org
with questions. For more information on the US Youth Soccer National League, including stories, standings and video from the inaugural season, please visit /national_league/
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