US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues kick off 2017 fall seasons
FRISCO, Texas (Sept. 7, 2017) — Several early matchups have taken place to kick off the 2017 fall season of the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, and the action will soon be in full swing across the country as more than 1,000 teams participate in meaningful games to test their development.
The leagues provide an opportunity for the most competitive teams in each region to play each other on a scheduled basis while also competing for placement in the prestigious US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, as well as the highly-competitive US Youth Soccer National League. The meaningful competition provides a stage for players to compete in front of college coaches to continue their soccer careers at the next level.
In Region II, the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League (MRL) began play in August and gets into full swing this weekend, as many divisions will have games across the region. MRL matches will continue through November, with the fall season featuring 14U through 19U girls play, as well as 14U and 15U boys action. The 2018 spring season will feature teams in the 13U through 19U boys and girls age groups.
In Region III, the US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Premier League (SRPL) 2017 fall season has kicked off in each of its three subdivisions. The SRPL East and SRPL West, which each feature 14U through 19U boys and girls teams, held their earliest games in August. Meanwhile, the SRPL Central, which features 15U through 19U boys and girls teams, will see many of its divisions get started in September. The 2018 spring season will feature 13U teams in all subdivisions, as well as 14U action in the SRPL Central.
In Region IV, the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League (FWRL), featuring play in the 13U through 19U age groups, got underway earlier in the summer with play-in games for the FWRL California Regional League. Meanwhile, the FWRL Desert Premier League will see many age groups kick off on Sept. 15, while most remaining age groups begin their season in mid-November. Elsewhere in the FWRL, the Northwest Division kicks off its fall season on Oct. 6.
In Region I, the entirety of the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional League (ERL) season will take place in the spring of 2018. The registration deadline for teams to apply for the ERL is Oct. 1, 2017, and play is scheduled to begin on Feb. 1, 2018.
Following the spring season, Regional League qualifiers will move on to their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, the second stage of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, with hopes of advancing to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious national soccer tournament in the country.
Additionally, the top teams in the 2017-18 Regional League competitions earn qualification for next year’s US Youth Soccer National League. The National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the 14U through 18U boys and girls age groups. Since its expansion in the 2016-17 season, the National League features 32 teams in the 16U through 18U gender age groups — creating further opportunities for Regional League teams to earn their place in the league.
The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and provides teams with the highest level of competition in the country as each side must earn its place in the league. In each gender age group, the top teams advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 2018 National Championships will take place July 24-29, 2018 in Frisco, Texas.
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Eastern Regional League | Midwest Regional League | Southern Regional Premier League | Far West Regional League
To learn more about the National League, visit USYouthSoccer.org/national_league/.