Midwest Regional League teams qualify for 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League
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FRISCO, Texas (June 11, 2014) — The 2013-2014 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League (MRL) Premier I Division champions in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups have earned automatic qualification into the prestigious US Youth Soccer National League for the 2014-15 season.
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (Region I Premier League, Region II Midwest Regional League, Region III Southern Premier League and Region IV Far West Regional League). Automatic Regional League qualification was added to the National League format in January 2013, and two teams per age group from each of the four Regional Leagues in the Under-13 through Under-17 age groups, with the exception Under-13s in Region III, earn a spot in the 2014-15 National League season.
For a list of qualification spots and current automatic qualifiers, click here. Should any team claim two automatic spots, or if a team does not accept their automatic spot, those spots will be filled through an open application process. The application process will run from around June 10 through around July 9.
2014-15 National League Qualifiers | Midwest Regional League
Under-13 Premier I Division Blue Champion: Cicero Mayas (IL)
Under-13 Premier I Division Red Champion: Chicago Fire Academy 00 (IL)
Under-14 Premier I Division Blue Champion: Alliance SC Pro 18 (MI)
Under-14 Premier I Division Red Champion: Chicago Fire Academy 01 (IL)
Under-15 Premier I Division Blue Champion: Michigan Wolves 99 (MI)
Under-15 Premier I Division Red Champion: Michigan Jaguars 99 Green (MI)
Under-16 Premier I Division Blue Champion: Alliance 98 Black (MI)
Under-16 Premier I Division Red Champion: Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. 97 Gold (MI)
Under-17 Premier I Division Blue Champion: Classics Eagles 96/97 Red (OH-S)
Under-17 Premier I Division Red Champion: Chicago Fire YSC (IL)
Under-13 Premier I Division Blue Champion: PSG MI Gators 01 Orange (MI)
Under-13 Premier I Division Red Champion: CUP Gold 00/01 (OH-S)
Under-14 Premier I Division Blue Champion: Team Chicago Academy Cruzeiro (IL)
Under-14 Premier I Division Red Champion: Grand Rapids Crew Jrs. 00 Gold (MI)
Under-15 Premier I Division Fall Champion: NSA Rockets (IL)
Under-15 Premier I Division Spring Champion: KHA Red (KY)
Under-16 Premier I Division Fall Champion: Michigan Jaguars (MI)
Under-16 Premier I Division Spring Champion: Kings Hammer Academy Red (OH-S)
Under-17 Premier I Division Fall Champion: NSA Jaguars (IL)*
Under-17 Premier I Division Spring Champion: Kings Hammer Academy (OH-S)*
*Spot will be open as team has already claimed an automatic spot through 2013-14 National League
Teams that earn their place in the National League have a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competitions, and are among the nation's best, as every team has earned its place in the league based on previous and continued success, regardless of location or club affiliation. 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 collegiate, professional and National Team levels.
In 2013-14, the National League Under-18 age group included 196 girls and 132 boys that committed to play collegiate soccer. Players found opportunities at some of the top programs in the country, including Florida, Georgetown, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia and Wake Forest on the girls’ side. National League boys committed to programs such as California, Georgetown, Indiana, Marquette, Navy and Stanford.
In addition to recruiting opportunities, the top two finishers from each National League division (Blue and Red) will earn a ticket to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, making each match valuable and creating an added element of pressure as players compete for a chance play for the National Championship.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships are the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championships in the country. Through the first six years of play, National League teams have gone on to claim 26 of a possible 38 National Championship titles. The 2014 National Championships will be held this summer in Germantown, Md., July 21-27.