US Youth Soccer National League accepting applications for 2015-16 season
2015-16 National League: Information | Application
FRISCO, Texas (June 9, 2015) — Beginning today, the US Youth Soccer National League is accepting team applications for the 2015-16 seasonal year. Applications are due Monday, July 6, 2015. National League competition will be held for the Under-14, Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups.
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (Region I Champions League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Regional 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. In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the National League title and one of four slots from each gender age group to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championships.
Teams that earn their spot 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. Hundreds of college scouts attend each National League weekend, creating another significant opportunity for the nation’s collegiate and National Team coaches to see National League players in an environment of meaningful play, citing the competitive level of each game as every team has to earn their spot in the competition, regardless of club affiliation or location.
Teams either automatically qualify for National League spots, or are selected by the National League Committee for remaining open slots. Qualification and selection spots may vary based on a specific gender age group. Specific information on each gender age group, as well as a list of automatic qualifying teams for 2015-16 can be found here.
The National League completed its eighth season of play in 2014-15, with the US Youth Soccer National Championships still to be played. During the first seven years, National League teams have won 31 of a possible 48 National Championships, including five of 10 last year.
Sixteen teams will earn their place in the National League in each gender age group. The top two finishers in each U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 division from the 2014-15 National League season have earned the opportunity to retain their slots for the 2015-16 season, provided teams meet all eligibility requirements. Teams in the four US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, dependent on each league’s format, receive an automatic slot into the National League. Also earning a place in the 2015-16 National League season are the four representatives from each of the upcoming 2015 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships in the U-13 through U-17 gender age groups who advance to the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships. The remaining slots will be filled by teams that have either achieved success in their respective Regional League or were a semifinalist at the 2015 Regional Championships. For those remaining slots, the teams will be selected by the National League Committee.
All teams who would like to participate in the National League must submit an application.
Each gender age group will be split into two eight-team divisions featuring teams from each of US Youth Soccer's four regions competing in round robin play within each division. All teams will compete in the inaugural National League Fall Showcase in Wilson, N.C., with the girls playing Dec. 3-6 and the boys competing Dec. 10-13. Teams will then be assigned to play in one of the two remaining events held in Orlando, Fla., alongside the Disney College Showcase in late December or during March in the Las Vegas, Nev., area.
Teams for the 2015-16 season are expected to be announced around July 31, 2015.
Please contact the National League Commissioner Paul Luchowski at NationalLeague@usyouthsoccer.org with questions.
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National League, including stories, standings and video, please visit USYouthSoccer.org/National_League/.