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US Youth Soccer National League adds automatic Regional League qualification

January 16, 2013 04:36 PM
 
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Regional Leagues qualify two teams per age group to National League
 
FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2013) – The US Youth Soccer National League has added automatic Regional League qualification to the existing National League and Regional Championship slots.  Beginning in 2013-2014, teams will automatically qualify for the league through the previous year’s US Youth Soccer National League, Regional Premier Leagues and Regional Championships, further integrating the most competitive US Youth Soccer programs.
 
"Adding US Youth Soccer Regional League qualification in addition to the National Championships qualifiers mirrors the European UEFA Champions League style format awarding teams with proven success.  Bringing together the champions and runners-up from the top Regional and National competitions guarantees the highest quality of play and competition in the country," said US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner Paul Luchowski. "With the addition of Regional League qualification, already a quarter of the teams have qualified for the 2013-2014 National League season, and those teams can now plan ahead for next season knowing they have secured a spot in the National League."
 
In addition to the eight teams who advanced to the US Youth Soccer National Championships via the National League and Regional Championships, the allocation of National League slots to Regional League finishers will be given as follows.  For a list of 2013-2014 National League qualifiers, click here.
 
Under-16 through Under-18 Boys and Girls slots for the 2013-2014 National League season:
 
  Team's Origin
Competition Result Category
1 NL # 2012-2013 First Place Team--Blue Division NL
2 NL # 2012-2013 Second Place Team--Blue Division NL
3 NL # 2012-2013 First Place Team--Red Division NL
4 NL # 2012-2013 Second Place Team--Red Division NL
5 Region I # 2013 Premier League Champion RL
6 Region I # 2013 Premier League Playoff Runner-up RL
7 Region II # 2013 MRL Premier Division Red (Boys) or '12 Fall Champion (Girls) RL
8 Region II # 2013 MRL Premier Division Blue (Boys)or '13 Spring Champion (Girls) RL
9 Region III # Fall 2012 SPL First Place RL
10 Region III # Fall 2012 SPL Second Place RL
11 Region IV # 2012 FWRL Fall Champion RL
12 Region IV # 2013 FWRL Spring Champion RL
13 Region I # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP
14 Region II # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP
15 Region III # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP
16 Region IV # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP

# if a team opts out of the earned slot, or if a team earns a second guaranteed slot, then the slot becomes an OPEN category slot

Under-15 Boys and Girls slots for the 2013-2014 National League season:
 
  Team's Origin
Competition Result Category
1 Region I # 2013 Premier League Champion RL
2 Region I # 2013 Premier League Playoff Runner-up RL
3 Region II # 2013 Spring MRL Premier Division Red Champion RL
4 Region II # 2013 Spring MRL Premier Division Blue Champion RL
5 Region III # 2012-13 RPL Champion RL
6 Region III # 2012-13 RPL Champion RL
7 Region IV # 2012 FWRL Fall Champion RL
8 Region IV # 2013 FWRL Spring Champion RL
9 Region I # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP
10 Region II # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP
11 Region III # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP
12 Region IV # Regional Cup Representative to 2013 Nationals CUP
13 Region I   From Regional League or Regional Cup Semifinalist OPEN
14 Region II   From Regional League or Regional Cup Semifinalist OPEN
15 Region III   From Regional League or Regional Cup Semifinalist OPEN
16 Region IV   From Regional League or Regional Cup Semifinalist OPEN

# if a team opts out of the earned slot, or if a team earns a second guaranteed slot, then the slot becomes an OPEN category slot

Should any team opt out of their earned slot, or if a team earns a second guaranteed slot, then the slot becomes and ‘open’ slot.  Due to no returning National League teams in the Under-15 Boys and Girls age groups, those slots will be open.  Teams can apply for any open slots, which will be filled by the National League Committee selection.  The application period for teams seeking selection for open slots will take place during June, 2013 and conclude in early July.
 
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 addition to recruiting opportunities, the top two finishers from each 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 five years of play, National League teams have gone on to claim 20 of 30 possible National Championship titles.
 
The National League attracts hundreds of college, professional and National Team scouts to each event as every team has earned their place in the league based on previous and continued individual success, regardless of location or club affiliation. Coaches cite the competitive level and importance of every game as teams compete with a bid to the National Championships on the line.  Last season, 185 girls, about 16 per team, and 147 boys, about 10 per team, went on to play collegiate soccer.  Players found opportunities at some of the top programs in the country, including BYU, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Penn State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Virginia and Wake Forest on the girls’ side.  National League boys moved on to programs such as Creighton, Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia.
 
Keep up with the National League:
National League Home: USYouthSoccer.org/National_League
Schedule and results: http://tournaments.usyouthsoccer.org/events/2012-2013-National-League/ 
Twitter: @nationalleague
Facebook: Facebook.com/usyouthsoccer
You Tube: YouTube.com/usyouthsoccer 
 

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