The schedule has been announced for the final two weekends of 2015-16 US Youth Soccer National League play in Las Vegas, where 15 division titles will be decided. National League division winners and runners-up qualify for the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, adding an extra element of excitement to the final weekends of play.
The games will be played alongside the Player’s College Showcase, as the National League teams have another opportunity to compete in front of collegiate and national team coaches while playing meaningful matches against top competition.
National League Boys
National League Girls
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 national team, collegiate and professional levels. In addition to recruiting opportunities, the top two finishers from each division will earn a ticket to the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas, creating additional value and pressure as each game could make or break their chance at competing for the National Championship. The top finishers in the Under-14, 15, 16 and 17 age groups will also earn an automatic spot in the 2016-17 National League season.
Just six Boys teams and five Girls teams have solidified a top-two finish in their division and a place in the 2016 National Championships. Entering play in Las Vegas, 29 spots — 14 for the Boys and 15 for the Girls — are still up for grabs, as a majority of the teams head into the event with hopes of punching a ticket to Frisco, Texas.
2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships Qualifiers via the National League
Blue: United FA 01 Premier (GA)
Red: Dix Hills Hurricanes (NY-E)
Blue Champion: Lehigh Valley United 97 (PA-E)
Blue Champion: Midwest United FC 01 Royal (MI)
Red: FCKC Pink Panthers Elite (MO)
Red Champion: YMS Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E)
The National League is the most competitive league available in the country, and is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Champions League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Regional Premier League and Far West Regional League). National League teams are among the best in the nation and each team has had to earn their place in the league with a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competition, regardless of club affiliation or location.
The National League’s alumni have gone on to prove themselves at the collegiate and professional levels, with former players competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League, English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The top pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft (Jack Harrison) and the 2016 NWSL Draft (Emily Sonnett) are both former National League players.
About US Youth Soccer National League - Formed in 2007, the US Youth Soccer National League was developed as a path of advancement for the top teams from the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In addition to meaningful matches, development and identification, the league created a direct path to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships. League play features the Under-14 through Under-18 age groups for boys and girls who are seeking to advance their college, professional and U.S. National Team aspirations. Learn more at USYouthSoccer.org/National_League/.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.