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US Youth Soccer National League Under-15 Girls Dallas Texans punch ticket to 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships

January 10, 2010 09:00 PM
 
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FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 11, 2010) –
US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the Under-15 Girls Dallas Texans 95 Red as the first team to punch their ticket to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 20-25, at Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan. 

By way of their success in the 2009-2010 US Youth Soccer National League season, the Dallas Texans earn 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 the Under-15 Girls age group.
 
National League teams play a seven game schedule, playing each team in the age group once. The Texans completed their season Dec. 31-Jan. 2 in Orlando, Fla., with a 5-1-1 record, securing one of the top two spots in the age group. The Texans are in the running to finish in first or second place, but the final standings will not be decided until March 19-21 in Las Vegas, when the remaining Under-15 Girls teams complete League play.

"This is truly an exciting time for the US Youth Soccer National League as we advance the first team to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas. Laying claims to eight national champions within the first two seasons of the National League is a testament to the elite level of competition in each and every match," said Paul Luchowski, US Youth Soccer National League commissioner. "As League play continues through the end of March, 11 more teams will earn the right to compete among America's best for the ultimate crown."

"Our club is thrilled to secure the first bid to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships through the success of our Under-15 girls team.  The US Youth Soccer National League has consisted of the top competition and games since its inception, and our girls look forward to this league each year," said Ryan Higginbotham, Dallas Texans director of coaching-girls. "We feel by playing in the National League, against the elite competition it affords, our girls are more prepared to play in the National Championships each summer - as the National League is the one environment that can create the same pressures these girls will see at the National Championships.  We look forward to our continued involvement in the National League, and this team now turns its attention to competing for the Under-15 National Championship."

The League kicked off the five-weekend schedule in early December 2009 with the first two weekends held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup Championships, followed by the most recent weekend of play that coincided with Disney's Soccer Showcase. Each weekend of League play provides key recruiting and scouting opportunities for college coaches seeking future impact players.

Two weekends of play remain, on Feb. 13-15, four teams from each of the Under-15, 16 and 17 Boys age groups play in Weston, Fla. The final weekend will host four teams from each of the Under-15, 16 and 17 Boys and Girls age groups March 19-21 in Las Vegas, which coincides with the Player's 2010 Soccer Showcase.

The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Region III (South) Premier League and Far West Regional League).  The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the next level. 

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 with the National League teams. Click here for the dates and locations of the Regional Championships.

2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships | Overland Park, Kan.
Location:
 Overland Park Soccer Complex
Player Luncheon: July 20 | TBA
Round Robin: July 21-23
Finals: July 24-25
Age Groups: Under-14 through Under-19 (Boys and Girls)
Number of Teams: 60 (Under-15 through Under-17 feature six teams each, all others feature four teams)

For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championships, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org, the online home for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, providing the latest in news, information and more. Get all US Youth Soccer National Championship Series updates on Twitter.
 
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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 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.
 
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 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.
 
 

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