Two US Youth Soccer National League games in Orlando to be broadcast live on ESPN3
Two boys games on Dec. 27 scheduled to be broadcast live
FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 23, 2013) — Two US Youth Soccer National League games will be broadcast live on ESPN3 on Dec. 27 from the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Several National League games will be played alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase.
The broadcasts will begin with the 8:30 a.m. ET kickoff between Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY) and Tennessee SC 15 (TN). Smithtown, the defending US Youth Soccer National Champion, currently sits in second place in the Under-17 Red Division, two points behind CUP Gold 96/97 (OH-S). At 1-1-2, a win for Tennessee would propel it into contention for a top two finish in the division. Teams that finish first and second in each National League division earn a spot in the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships
The second game on ESPN3 will feature 2013 National finalist CUP Gold 95/96 (OH-S), as it takes on Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA) at 10:30 a.m. ET. CUP enters play in Orlando at the top of the Under-18 Red Division after earning three wins and a draw in its first four games of the season. With just five points separating the second and eighth-place teams in the group, Lehigh Valley United — which sits in sixth place with four points — would jump into the thick of the race for one of the top two spots in the group with a win against CUP.
US Youth Soccer National League live on ESPN3 from the Disney Soccer Showcase*
Friday, Dec. 27
8:30 a.m. ET Smithtown Arsenal (E-NY) vs. Tennessee SC 15 (TN)
10:00 a.m. ET CUP Gold 95/96 (OH-S) vs. Lehigh Valley United 95 (E-PA)
*The broadcasts of the games at the Disney Soccer Showcase are subject to change. The ESPN3 schedule for Dec. 27 can be found here
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and is accessible online.
The National League features the top 160 teams in the Under-14 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups. With 16 teams divided into two divisions per age group, each team has had to earn their place in the league through their success in US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and National Championship Series play. Teams automatically qualify for the National League by finishing in the top two of their division the previous year, winning their respective Regional League or by winning their respective Regional Championship.
The National League schedule for Orlando features four of the eight teams per division in the Under-15 through Under-18 age groups, meaning 32 boys teams and 32 girls teams will take the fields to play the final three games of their National League season.
The National League provides a pathway for four teams per gender age group to qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championships, sending the top two finishers in each division of the Under-14, Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys and Girls to compete for the National title. The four National League representatives will join the four regional champions at the 2014 National Championships at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md., July 22-27.
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). 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 national team, collegiate and professional levels.