FRISCO, Texas (July 5, 2012) – US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by National Guard, to be played July 24-29 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C. The 60 qualifying teams will play matches Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27 to determine who will advance to vie for the national titles. Those title games will be played Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30.
2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships Schedule [web] [pdf]
In addition to the 48 announced regional champions and representatives, 12 teams from the US Youth Soccer National League will complete the field of 60. US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age group each won its respective division in the highly competitive league.
2011-2012 US Youth Soccer National League representatives for the 2012 National Championships:
|Under-15 Blue (OH-S)
||Kings Soccer Academy
|Under-15 Red (CA-S)
|Under-16 Blue (CA-S)
|Under-16 Red (MO)
|Under-17 Blue (CA-S)
||Legends FC 94
|Under-17 Red (CA-S)
|Under-15 Blue (IL)
|Under-15 Red (OH-S)
||CUP Crew Jrs Gold
|Under-16 Blue (AZ)
||Scottsdale 96 Blackhawks
|Under-16 Red (GA)
||GSA 96 Phoenix Red
|Under-17 Blue (IL)
||Galaxy 94/95 Blue
|Under-17 Red (WA)
||Eastside Fc 94 Red
The league consists of teams, Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls, who qualified for league play through their respective US Youth Soccer Regional League. Established in 2007, National League representatives have captured a combined nine US Youth Soccer National Championships. In 2008, seven of the eight championship finals slots in the Under-15 and 16 age groups were won by National League teams, which resulted in the league's first four National Championships, and the league notched four more National Championship titles in 2009 and one in 2010.
For all teams competing in the National Championships, the annual Player Luncheon will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. The luncheon serves as the kickoff to the weeklong event highlighting the achievements of these national qualifiers.
Round robin match times are scheduled for 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Teams will earn three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss. The team with the most points at the conclusion of Friday's play will advance to play for the national championship on Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30.
Each year brings about new challenges and highlights the motivation and commitment of these youth as they continue pursuing their dreams of being one of the best youth soccer teams in the United States. The national championships are the final leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and open to any US Youth Soccer member. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport, (Under-19 Boys) in 1935. Since its creation in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 11 divisions to the national championship tournament, most recently with the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls divisions in 2001 to create the current format. In 2013 the event with expand yet again, with Under-13 Boys and Girls joining the competition.
About the United States Youth Soccer Association (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