US Youth Soccer National Championships
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The US Youth Soccer National Championships have been held annually since 1935. The tournament consists of six age groups (Under 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19). The finals are a result of year round competitions in every state known as the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. The tournament involves 185,000 players and more than 10,000 teams. State Champions as well as a few wildcard bids qualify for one of four geographically based regional championship tournaments. Regional winners advance to the National Championships as well as the top two teams from the US Youth Soccer National League (Under-15, 16 and 17 Boys and Girls Age Groups) qualify each year for the national championships. The tournament provides a premier stage for hundreds of the nation’s top collegiate coaches to come watch the best players in the nation perform.
US Youth Soccer State Championships are held in all 55 US Youth Soccer member state associations year round. The Under-11 through Under-19 age groups are eligible for the state championships, and teams under-12 through under-19 may be eligible for the regionals. Teams Under-13 through Under 19 compete at the National Championships.
Each championship has 16 teams divided into four groups. The winners of the groups qualify for the semi-finals, and the winners of the semi-final matches qualify for the finals.
- Region I Championships
- 15 State Cup winners from each of the state associations
- The top eligible team from the Region I Premier League.
- Region II Championships
- 13 State Cup winners from each of the state associations except for North Dakota, which does not have a state cup
- The top two eligible teams from the Region II Midwest Regional League
- One finalist from a State Cup. The state with two representatives is determined through a draw
- Region III Championships
- 12 State Cup winners from each of the state associations
- The top eligible team from Region III Premier League East
- The top eligible team from Region III Premier League Central
- The top eligible team from Region III Premier League West
- The next top eligible team from one of the three Region III leagues
- Region IV Championships
- 12 State Cup winners from each of the state associations except for Wyoming and Montana, which do not have state cups
- The top two eligible teams from the Region IV Far West Regional League
- Two finalists from State Cups. The states with wildcards are determined through a draw
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 boys and girls age groups, consisting of a total of 16 teams, split into two divisions, per gender age group. The top team from each of the two divisions in each gender age group advances to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Each team must provide a game ball for each game. The teams are given a fifteen-minute grace period before forfeit is declared. The team listed first is the home team and they get to choose what jerseys they want to wear, although if there is a conflict in jerseys the home team must change. The coaches are responsible for the behavior of themselves other coaches and their players. Each player must wear an official uniform and MUST wear shin guards.
Each age group, both boys and girls, will be divided into two, three, or four sub-groups. The teams in each sub-group will play one another in a round robin. Advancement to the semi-final bracket of each age group, both boys and girls, is determined by the round robin results.
Round Robin Points: Three for a win, One for a tie, Zero for a loss.
This system shall be used to determine the sub-group winner at the end of the round robin, when there is a tie and it is necessary to resolve a tie:
(1) Winner of head to head competition
(2) Most Wins
(3) Goal differential - (Maximum 4 goals/game)
(4) Least goals allowed (three (3) game total)
(5) FIFA Penalty Kicks (immediately following the round robin games)
Two Sub-Groups of Four:
Semi-Final #1: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up.
Semi-Final#2: Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up.
Three Sub-Groups of Four:
Semi-Final #1: Group A Winner vs the Wildcard.
Semi-Final #2: Group B Winner vs Group C Winner.
Four Sub-Groups of Four:
Semi-Final#1: Group A Winner vs Group D Winner. Semi-Final#2: Group B Winner vs Group C Winner.
Age Group / Game Length / Overtime Periods / Ball Size
- U19 / Two 45’ halves / Two 15’ halves / #5
- U18 / Two 45’ halves / Two 15’ halves / #5
- U17 / Two 45’ halves / Two 15’ halves / #5
- U16 / Two 40’ halves / Two 15’ halves / #5
- U15 / Two 40’ halves / Two 15’ halves / #5
- U14 / Two 35’ halves / Two 10’ halves / #5
- U13 / Two 35’ halves / Two 10’ halves / #5
- U12 / Two 30’ halves / Two 10’ halves / #4
2012 National Champions
The winners of the 2012 National Championships were:
- U14 Boys - Santa Barbara SC White (CA-S)
- U14 Girls - MSC Coyotes Green (MD)
- U15 Boys - Fullerton Rangers (CA-S)
- U15 Girls - Legends FC (CA-S)
- U16 Boys - Michigan Jaguars (MI)
- U16 Girls - BRYC Elite(VA)
- U17 Boys - Galaxy Blue (IL)
- U17 Girls - VSA Heat Blue (VA)
- U18 Boys - Florida Rush Nike (FL)
- U18 Girls - FC Penn Strikers (PA-E)
- U19 Boys - Crew Juniors (OH-S)
- U19 Girls - CCSC Sol (FL)
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