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#EarnYourPlace into the National League

Every team that competes in the National League has to earn its place based on proven success in the top US Youth Soccer competitions. With a field of teams that have all had to work their way into the league, the National League maintains quality competition with a high standard of play.

#EarnYourPlace during the season

Teams that earn their place in the National League can continue to prove themselves during each season, as they compete for division titles. Those who finish at the top of their standings can earn a place in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, while others who finish near the top have a chance to secure a spot in the National League for the following season.

Opportunity for all

Every US Youth Soccer team has a chance to earn an opportunity to play at the highest level in the National League. Entry into the National League is decided on the field each year, with no judgement based on club, size or history. This ensures that the top teams at any given moment in time are given to opportunity to play against each other in a meaningful league environment.


Within your team

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke

Any number of quotes can go here, but there is no denying that talent is just one small factor in earning a spot on a team. Those who work hard and show dedication will continue to improve and take a step forward each day. The top athletes do not feel entitled to their spot on a team and continue to put in the work to increase the ways in which they can contribute.   

Moving on to the next level

Developing the mindset that everything is earned and nothing is given can help all players continue to push themselves as the competition stiffens. Whether one of the many National League players who have gone on to play in college or one of the alumni who have excelled at the pro and international level, a determined mentality is a valuable asset.

Off the field

Having the mentality to earn your place, like many lessons in sports, can relate to all areas of life. Attaining that mindset at a young age can turn it into a characteristic that is naturally applied to academics, careers and relationships.  

While in attendance at the Fall 2018 National League weekend in North Carolina, World Cup champion Heather O'Reilly explained how the meanings behind the hashtag pushed her throughout her career...