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Qualification for 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League announced

February 11, 2014 12:21 PM
 

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Qualification for 2014-15 US Youth Soccer National League announced

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FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2014) — The US Youth Soccer National League has updated its qualification parameters to reflect changes in the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues. In 2014-2015, teams will once again qualify for the league through success in the previous year’s US Youth Soccer National League, US Youth Soccer Regional Premier Leagues and US Youth Soccer Regional Championships — integrating the most competitive US Youth Soccer club team programs.

The National League is designed to reward teams for success in US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and Regional Championships. The league’s qualification format mirrors that of the UEFA Champions League, awarding teams with proven accomplishments.

The 2014-2015 National League season will be the first to feature returning National League Division champions and runners-up in the Under-15 age group following the addition of the Under-14 age group last year.

“The US Youth Soccer National League and US Youth Soccer Regional Premier Leagues continue to evolve, with additional Regional League competitions allowing us to add more structure to the National League qualification system to ensure teams continue to earn their place in the nation’s top league for male and female athletes,” US Youth Soccer National League Commissioner Paul Luchowski said. “With the few changes that have been implemented for the 2014-2015 season, the elements are in place for the very best teams from all parts of the country to participate when the National League kicks off its eighth season in the fall.”

With the Region I Premier League, Midwest Regional League (MRL) and Far West Regional League (FWRL) all featuring the Under-13 age group, the National League Under-14 Boys and Girls age groups will each feature six Regional League qualification spots in 2014-2015 — four more than the previous season.

In addition to the eight teams who advanced to the National Championships via the National League and Regional Championships, the allocation of National League slots to Regional League finishers will be as follows.  

Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 Boys and Girls slots for the 2014-2015 National League season*:

Team's Origin Category Competition Result from 2013-2014
National League NL 2013-2014 First Place Team--Blue Division
National League NL 2013-2014 Second Place Team--Blue Division
National League NL 2013-2014 First Place Team--Red Division
National League NL 2013-2014 Second Place Team--Red Division
Region I RL 2014 Premier League Champion
Region I RL 2014 Premier League Playoff Runner-up
Region II RL 2014 MRL Premier Division Red (Boys) or 2013 Fall Champion (Girls)
Region II RL 2014 MRL Premier Division Blue (Boys)or 2014 Spring Champion (Girls)
Region III RL Fall 2013 SRPL First Place
Region III RL Fall 2013 SRPL Second Place
Region IV RL 2013-14 FWRL Representative
Region IV RL 2013-14 FWRL Representative
Region I CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region II CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region III CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region IV CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships


Under-15 Boys and Girls slots for the 2014-2015 National League season*:

Team's Origin Category Competition Result from 2013-2014
National League NL 2013-2014 First Place Team--Blue Division
National League NL 2013-2014 Second Place Team--Blue Division
National League NL 2013-2014 First Place Team--Red Division
National League NL 2013-2014 Second Place Team--Red Division
Region I RL 2014 Premier League Champion
Region I RL 2014 Premier League Playoff Runner-up
Region II RL 2014 Spring MRL Premier Division Blue Champion
Region II RL 2014 Spring MRL Premier Division Red Champion
Region III RL 2013-14 RPL Representative
Region III RL 2013-14 RPL Representative
Region IV RL 2013-14 FWRL Representative
Region IV RL 2013-14 FWRL Representative
Region I CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region II CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region III CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region IV CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships


Under-14 Boys and Girls slots for the 2014-2015 National League season*:

Team's Origin Category Competition Result from 2013-2014
Region I RL 2014 Premier League Champion
Region I RL 2014 Premier League Playoff Runner-up
Region II RL 2014 Spring MRL Premier Division Blue Champion
Region II RL 2014 Spring MRL Premier Division Red Champion
Region III CUP Regional Cup Finalist at 2014 Regional Championships
Region III OPEN From Open Applications
Region IV RL 2013-14 FWRL Representative
Region IV RL 2013-14 FWRL Representative
Region I CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region II CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region III CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region IV CUP Regional Cup Representative to 2014 National Championships
Region I OPEN From Open Applications
Region II OPEN From Open Applications
Region III OPEN From Open Applications
Region IV OPEN From Open Applications


*If a team opts out of the earned slot or if a team earns a second guaranteed slot then the slot becomes an OPEN category slot.

For a list of 2014-2015 National League qualifiers, click here.

Should any team opt out of its earned slot, or if a team earns a second guaranteed slot, then the initial slot becomes an ‘open’ slot.  Due to no returning National League teams in the Under-14 Boys and Girls age groups, those slots will be open. Teams can apply for any open slots, which will be filled by the National League Committee selection.

The application period for all qualified teams and those teams wishing to apply for open slots will begin around June 3, and the deadline for submitting an application will be July 9. All teams that qualify for the 2014-2015 National League are required to submit an application to claim their slot. Information on the 2014-2015 National League season, including team fees will be posted soon at USYouthSoccer.org/National_League/.

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 collegiate, professional and National Team levels.  In addition to recruiting opportunities, the top two finishers from each division (Blue and Red) will earn a ticket to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, making each match valuable and creating an added element of pressure as players compete for a chance play for the National Championship.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships are the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championships in the country. Through the first six years of play, National League teams have gone on to claim 26 of 38 possible National Championship titles.

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