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Lancaster, Massachusetts, Chosen to Host 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships

June 3, 2008 09:30 AM
 
Nation's top youth soccer players to ascend on Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park for 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships

FRISCO, TEXAS (June 3, 2008) - United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) announced today that the city of Lancaster, Mass., will host the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (Mass Youth) will serve as the local organizing committee for the event scheduled to be played at the Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park, July 21-26, 2009.
 
"We are excited that the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be held at Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association's new complex, the Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park in Lancaster.  All of us look forward to working with the host association," said Larry Monaco, president of US Youth Soccer. "Each year, the nation's top players look forward to another year of outstanding competition as teams earn their way from state to regional and national finals competitions, striving to be one of the top 60 teams in the country playing for the US Youth Soccer National Championships."
 
"Massachusetts is happy to welcome the US Youth Soccer National Championships back to the east coast in 2009," said Sid Bloom, president Mass Youth Soccer. "The vision of the Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park in Lancaster was to host the top events in the country and the awarding of the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships speaks to that vision and the quality of our new complex." 
 
The US Youth Soccer National Championships Series provides over 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
 
The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions for boys and girls teams in multiple age brackets as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues in most age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age brackets from each regional event and the US Youth Soccer National League will converge on Lancaster, July 21-26, to enjoy the nation's top competition.
 
2009 marks the second year for teams from the US Youth Soccer National League to compete in the National Championships. The National League consists of teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups, boys and girls, during the 2008-2009 seasonal year, and the top two teams from each of the gender age groups will automatically advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
 
Annually the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In 2007, over 500 coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships including the majority of the top 25 men's and women's programs based on the final 2007 NSCAA/adidas National Rankings for NCAA Division I schools.
 
Recent host locations for the US Youth Soccer National Championships | All Host Locations
1999 - Orlando, FL
2000 - Orlando, FL
2001 - Lawrence, IN
2002 - Germantown, MD
2003 - Germantown, MD
2004 - Orlando, FL
2005 - Orlando, FL
2006 - Des Moines, IA
2007Frisco, TX
2008 – North Little Rock, AR
 
 
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About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - The Game for ALL Kids!® is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
 
Media Request: When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.
 
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series: The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Adding to the excitement in 2008, the national championships will feature two teams from the newly formed US Youth Soccer National League in the U-15 and U-16 age groups. Overall the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. http://Championships.USYouthSoccer.org.
 
Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series events, please refer to the association, US Youth Soccer, and not the specific event without the association name included. For example, the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships not the Region I Championships. We appreciate your cooperation.
 

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