The US Youth Soccer National League is excited to announce more dates and locations for the upcoming National League P.R.O. season. Teams in the 15U through 19U age groups will each attend one of these events, which will serve as the teams’ second national event of the National League P.R.O. season.
The location of the first national event for the 15U-19U age groups — to be attended by all teams — will be publicized in an exciting announcement in the coming weeks.
After playing three games at the season-opening weekend in December, each 15U-19U team will play three more National League P.R.O. games at one of the following events:
Premier Sports Complex (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) or
Tournament SportsPlex of Tampa Bay (Tampa, Fla.)
BOYS & GIRLS – Feb. 4-7, 2022 (3 games per team)
Legacy Sports USA (Mesa, Ariz.)
BOYS – March 11-14, 2022 (3 games per team)
GIRLS – March 18-21, 2022 (3 games per team)
“Having these top-class facilities host some of our National League P.R.O. events adds to the growing excitement and anticipation for the competition, as we look forward to providing players, coaches and families with an amazing experience,” said Chris Webb, Director of Operations & Event Management for USYS. “Our familiarity with both Florida venues from past national events, combined with the vision of the staff at Legacy Sports USA in Arizona, gives us confidence that each location will provide a great atmosphere for all attendees.”
Half of the 15U-19U Boys and Girls teams will attend their second event Feb. 4-7, at one of two locations in Florida — the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., or the Tournament SportsPlex of Tampa Bay in Tampa, Fla.
The Premier Sports Campus touts 23 FIFA-regulation Celebration Bermuda grass fields on a 140-acre campus. The Bradenton-Sarasota Area is located on Florida’s west coast. With its own airport (Sarasota Bradenton International Airport), some of the world’s best beaches, award-winning dining options, historical parks, museums and nature preserves, the destination is a hidden gem that families can discover and explore again and again.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the top-level teams that will be competing in the National League P.R.O. event in February 2022 at the Premier Sports Campus in the Bradenton-Sarasota Area,” said Elliott Falcione, Executive Director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are honored to host this soccer competition in Lakewood Ranch and are thrilled to work with US Youth Soccer to make this event memorable for the athletes and attendees.”
The Tournament SportsPlex of Tampa Bay is a multi-sport championship facility designed to bring elite competitions to the region. The facility is located minutes away from Downtown Tampa, conveniently accessible to Tampa International Airport, nearby lodging options, as well as attractions, theme parks and entertainment districts. The SportsPlex features 15 full-size fields, including one championship field, with professionally maintained Celebration Bermudagrass playing surfaces.
“We are thrilled to welcome another US Youth Soccer signature event to Tampa Bay, when the National League P.R.O. competition is hosted in our hometown in early 2022,” said Jason Aughey, Senior VP of Sports Tourism for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “We truly value the relationship that we have built with US Youth Soccer and are incredibly appreciative of the opportunities they have afforded us recently. Working hand-in-hand with US Youth Soccer, we look forward to delivering another first-rate experience at our Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay and making the 2022 National League P.R.O. a longstanding event in Hillsborough County.”
The 15U-19U teams that do not play their second event in Florida will instead compete at the new Legacy Sports USA in Mesa, Ariz., with the boys playing March 11-14, and the girls competing a week later, March 18-21.
Legacy Sports USA Arizona has booked some of the top soccer events in the nation at its massive 35-field soccer complex. The complex is dedicated to being a premier soccer destination, with 35 of 52 weekends in each of the next 10 years dedicating 100 percent of the fields to soccer competitions. Along with world-class facilities for several other sports, the park also features state-of-the-art training and wellness centers, nutrition professionals, and a wide selection of dining options. Legacy Sports Park expands beyond sports; it will also feature an e-gaming center, a multi-purpose arena, and an outdoor amphitheater designed for live events, family shows, exhibitions, conventions, and award ceremonies.
“We are excited to host the National League P.R.O. event at our brand new 330-acre state-of-the-art entertainment sports park in 2022,” said Jeff de Laveaga, COO of Legacy Sports USA. “We have picked only a few promoters to partner with at Legacy, and the National League was an easy choice due to its previous track record and quality of teams it brings into town.”
ABOUT USYS NATIONAL LEAGUE P.R.O.
USYS National League P.R.O. will comprise the national tier of the USYS National League, along with the USYS National League Showcase Series. National League P.R.O. provides teams in the 14U-19U Boys and Girls age groups with the chance to play some of the top competition in the country while competing for berths to the USYS National Championships. For each gender, 12 teams per age group will advance to the National Championships from National League P.R.O.
The National League Conferences continue to offer the primary league competition for the majority of teams, while having increased connectivity to National League P.R.O. through qualification pathways and local games.
Click here for more information on the USYS National League, including the 13 Conferences, National League P.R.O., the National League Showcase Series and the National League Playoffs.