US Youth Soccer National League is accepting team applications for the 2014-2015 seasonal year. Applications are due Wednesday, July 9, 2014. National League competition will be held for the Under-14, Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups.
The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (Region I Premier League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Premier Regional League/Region III Premier League and Far West Regional League). The National League provides an avenue for teams to play in meaningful matches against top competition from across the country for continued development. In addition to recruiting opportunities, National League teams compete for the National League title and one of four slots from each gender age group to the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championships.
Teams that earn their spot in the National League have a proven track record of success in US Youth Soccer regional and national competitions, and are among the nation's best. Hundreds of college scouts attend each National League weekend, creating another significant opportunity for the nation’s collegiate and National Team coaches to see National League players in an environment of meaningful play, citing the competitive level of each game as every team has to earn their spot in the competition, regardless of club affiliation or location.
Teams either automatically qualify for National League spots, or are selected by the NL Committee for remaining open slots. Qualification and selection spots may vary based on a specific gender age group. Specific information on each gender age group, as well as a list of automatic qualifying teams for 2014-15 can be found here.
The National League completed its seventh season of play in 2013-14, with the US Youth Soccer National Championships still to be played. During the first six years, National League teams have won 26 of a possible 38 National Championships, including six of eight last year.
Sixteen teams will earn their place in the National League in each gender age group. The top two finishers in each U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 division from the 2013-2014 National League season have earned the opportunity to retain their slots for the 2014-15 season, provided teams meet all eligibility requirements. Teams in the four US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, dependent on each league’s format, receive an automatic slot into the National League. Also earning a place in the 2014-15 National League season are the four representatives from each of the upcoming 2014 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships in the U-13 through U-17 gender age groups who advance to the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships. The remaining slots will be filled by teams that have either achieved success in their respective Regional League or were a semifinalist at the 2014 Regional Championships. For those remaining slots, the teams will be selected by the National League Committee.
All teams who would like to participate in the National League must submit an application.
Each gender age group will be split into two eight-team divisions featuring teams from each of US Youth Soccer's four regions competing in round robin play within each division. All teams will compete in the opening weekend of play as part of the CASL Showcase in the Raleigh, N.C. area, Nov. 20-23 for the Girls and Dec. 11-14 for the Boys. Teams will then be assigned to play in one of the two remaining events held in Orlando, Fla., alongside the Disney College Showcase in late December or during March in the Las Vegas, Nev., area.
Teams for the 2014-15 season are expected to be announced around August 1, 2014.
Please contact the National League Commissioner Paul Luchowski at NationalLeague@usyouthsoccer.org with questions.
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National League, including stories, standings and video, please visit USYouthSoccer.org/National_League/.
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.