US Youth Soccer National League Teams Punch Tickets to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships
FRISCO, Texas (April 20, 2008) –
US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the first teams to punch tickets to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships
July 21-26, at Citizens Bank Field at Progin Park in Lancaster, Mass.
By way of their success in the 2008-2009 US Youth Soccer National League
season, the top two teams from each age group have earned a direct path to the final leg of the nation's most elite and prestigious competition providing the opportunity to capture a US Youth Soccer National Championship title in their respective age group.
2008-2009 US Youth Soccer National League representatives to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships
*Reigning US Youth Soccer National Champion
"Now in only our second season, the US Youth Soccer National League has cemented its place among the nation's finest teams and this season again proved the talent pool is deep for boys and girls teams seeking top competition in games that matter," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League commissioner. "The League showed great success at last year's US Youth Soccer National Championships and these teams that earned their tickets to Massachusetts are excited to play for the ultimate crown."
2009 brings a return trip to the National Championships via League success for two teams in the Under-16 and Under-17 Girls age groups. The Under-16 Girls repeat 2008 history as the Dallas Texans 93 Red (N-TX) and So Cal Blues – Dodge (CA-S) once again take first and second respectively. Representing the Under-17 Girls will again be the Dallas Texans Red 92 (N-TX) and Eclipse Select 91-92 (IL) except this year it will be the Texans in first place and Eclipse in second.
The League championship earned by the Dallas Texans Red 93 (N-TX) in the Under-16 Boys age group ensures their third consecutive trip the National Championships with the goal of capturing their first national title. In 2008, the Texans were eliminated in semifinals.
In the Under-17 and Under-15 Boys age groups, Lower Merion Velez (E-PA) and Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI) are also making return trips to the National Championships, while looking for their first national crown.
Making their first appearance at the National Champions are the Under-16 Girls, San Diego Surf 93-94 White (CA-S) and FC Pennsylvania Strikers (E-PA) along with the Under-15 Boys Casa Mia Bay 94 (MD), Under-16 Boys GSA 93 Phoenix and Under-17 Boys Dallas Texans – Houston 92 Red (S-TX).
The League kicked off the six-weekend schedule in early December 2008 with the first two weekends being held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's and Women's College Cups, followed by a weekend of play that coincided with Disney's Soccer Showcase. With some of the nation's top teams competing, each weekend of League play provided key recruiting and scouting opportunities for college coaches seeking future impact players.
The League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III Premier League and Far West Regional League) for teams to compete for the National League title, one of two slots in the National Championships and the top four finishers in the Under-15 and Under-16 Boys and Girls age groups retain their positions in the league for the following season.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups 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 are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups from each regional event will converge in the finals in Massachusetts.
The dates and locations for the 2009 US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championships are:
US Youth Soccer Region I Championships | Barboursville, W.Va.
Barboursville Soccer Complex, Huntington YMCA Kennedy and Scott Orthopedics Soccer Complex
Round Robin: July 2-5
Semis: June 6
Finals: July 7
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/.
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. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. 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.
Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the most prestigious event in youth sports, please refer to the event as US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on first reference and National Championship Series on anything thereafter. Never refer to as NCS or USYS NCS. We appreciate your cooperation.