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2008–2009 US Youth Soccer National League Season Kicks Off this December

November 9, 2008 09:00 PM
 
Top teams converge for elite, national competition; Under-17 age groups for boys and girls added for second season; Inaugural season highlights included four national champions

FRISCO, Texas (November 10, 2008) – After a successful inaugural season, the US Youth Soccer National League today announced the 2008–2009 season schedule featuring top teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and, new for 2008, the Under-17 Girls and Boys age groups. League play kicks off with girls' games December 4-7 in Raleigh, N.C., followed by boys' games December 11-14 in Dallas, Texas. 

Both kickoff events are being held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's and Men's College Cup to provide greater exposure to collegiate coaches. Over the course of the 2008-2009 season, the League will play at top venues across the country including games at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex (Fla.), Bettye Wilson Fields (Nev.), Ross Stewart Soccer Complex (Texas), Mud Creek Soccer Complex (Ga.) and WakeMed Soccer Park and WRAL Soccer Center (N.C.).

"The US Youth Soccer National League was created to provide top competition and exposure to collegiate, professional and national team staff coaches for boys and girls seeking to play at the next level," said Paul Luchowski, commissioner of the US Youth Soccer National League. "After the enormous success of our first year, the National League will kick off the new season with the addition of the Under-17 age group and tie-in our first contests with the NCAA Women's and Men's College Cups for even greater scouting opportunities. The bar is set and the teams can't wait to get the season started."

A significant change for 2008-2009 is the addition of the Under-17 age group for boys and girls.   

The League is an advancement path for the top teams in the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues who seek elite development, identification and a chance to advance directly to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
The top two teams, from each age group, advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, and the top four teams, from each age group, secure their return to League play the following season.

At last year's US Youth Soccer National Championships, seven of the eight championship finals slots in the Under-15 and Under-16 age groups were won by National League representatives. National League teams went on to claim the Under-15 boys (Baltimore Casa Mia Bays) and girls (Dallas Texans 93 Red Dallas) as well as Under-16 boys (Dallas Texans 92 Red) and girls (Dallas Texans Red 92) national titles.   

For a complete 2008-2009 schedule, click here, or visit www.USYouthSoccer.org/national_league for more information. Game schedules for Raleigh and Dallas are available now with game schedules for all League matches to be announced on USYouthSoccer.org.

2008 - 2009 US Youth Soccer National League Season Schedule

December 4 - 7
Raleigh, N.C. (Girls Under-15, 16 and 17)

December 11 - 14
Dallas, Texas (Boys Under-15, 16 and 17)

December 31 - January 2
Orlando, Fla. (Girls Under-15, 16 and 17)

February 27 - March 1
Atlanta, Ga. (Boys Under-15, 16 and 17)

March 13 - 15
Las Vegas, Nev. (Boys Under-17 & Girls Under-15, 16 and 17)

March 20 - 22
Detroit, Mich. (Boys Under-15)
*All Schedules are subject to change  

US Youth Soccer National League Teams (2008-2009 Season)
Under-15 Boys
Under-15 Girls
Baltimore Casa Mia Bays 94 (MD)
FC Pennsylvania Strikers (EPA)
Sockers FC Chicago (IL)
Wall Wombats (NJ)
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors-Bergsma (MI)
Michigan Hawks 94-Black (MI)
Waza FC 94 Black (MI)
NSA Fury (IL)
SCSA 93 Gold (NC)
D'Feeters 94 (NTX)
TFC 94 Boys (NTX)
Dallas Texans 94 Red Girls - Dallas (NTX)
Solar Red 94 (NTX)
San Juan Spirits 94 Blue (CA-N)
Michigan Jaguars (MI)
SD Surf 93-94 White (CA-S)
 
 
Under-16 Boys
Under-16 Girls
92 CASL Elite (NC)
Dallas Texans 93 G Red-Dallas (NTX)
GSA 93 Phoenix Red (GA)
So Cal Blues-Dodge (CA-S)
FC Delco Roadkill (EPA)
Montclair United Thunderbolts (NJ)
Chicago Fire Jrs. (IL)
Eclipse Select 92-93 (IL)
Spirit United Coppa 82 (EPA)
Scorpions Elite (MA)
KCFC Rangers 92-93 (KS)
Cleveland FC (OH-N)
Dallas Texans Red 93 - Dallas (NTX)
Team Boca 92/93 (FL)
Blast FC Red (OHS)
Slammers FC (CAS)
 
 
Under-17 Boys
Under-17 Girls
Slammers FC (CA-S)
Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL)
YMS Xplosion (EPA)
Dallas Texans Red 92 Girls (NTX)
Manhattan Phoenix (ENY)
Ela Elite (IL)
Cobb FC (GA)
BVSC Stars Mallorca 91/92 (KS)
Lower Merion Soccer Club Velez (EPA)
McLean MPS Dragons (VA)
Team Ohio U16 Boys (OH-S)
Vardar (MI)
Dallas Texans-Houston Division 92 Red (STX)
Challenge 92 (STX)
Santa Clara Sporting 91 Green (CA-N)
Laguna Hills Eclipse Black (CA-S)

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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.
 
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About US Youth Soccer National League - Formed in 2007, the US Youth Soccer National League was developed as a path of advancement for the top teams from the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In addition to meaningful matches, development and identification, the league created a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships.  League play features the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups for boys and girls who are seeking to advance their college, professional and U.S. National Team aspirations.  Learn more at /National_League/
 

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