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FRISCO, Texas (June 14, 2016) — US Youth Soccer is excited to announce the schedule for the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships, to be played June 24-30 at the MeSA Soccer Complex in Greenville, S.C.
The US Youth Soccer Region III Championships, which will feature top teams in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups, begin Thursday, June 23, with opening ceremonies at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, S.C. Group play games are Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26. Under-19 group play games take place at the Carolina FC Complex in Welford, S.C., while all remaining games take place at the MeSA Soccer Complex.
The dates for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in each gender age division are listed below.
Monday, June 27 — Under-13 Boys, Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16
Tuesday, June 28 — Under-13 Girls, Under-17 and Under-18
Tuesday, June 28 — Under-19
Wednesday, June 29 — Under-13 through Under-18
Wednesday, June 29 — Under-19
Thursday, June 30 — Under-13 through Under-18
US Youth Soccer State Cup Champions and select runners-up from 12 US Youth Soccer State Associations in Region III, including host South Carolina Youth Soccer Association, will participate. The other State Associations represented are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and Tennessee.
Teams competing in the Regional Championships advanced through the first step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where more than 10,000 teams began their journey at the US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advance to the one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, where nearly a thousand teams compete.
Regional winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 25-31, at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. One of the 14 national crowns awarded is the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports, dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The event provides more than 185,000 players from US Youth Soccer's 55 state associations, the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The Series is known as the ultimate destination for the country's collegiate soccer coaches and the future of soccer.
For complete game scores, stories, standings, video and more from the regional and national finals, visit the online home to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, http://Championships.USYouthSoccer.org. For the latest in the Region III Championships visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/regionIII.
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