Regional events in Lancaster, Pa., Saginaw Mich., Greenville, S.C., and Phoenix total more than $43 million to local economies in 2012
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 3,500 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, who also bring along their families to the five-day tournament. Visitors to the Saginaw, Mich., area will book an estimated 12,000 room nights at area hotels.
The top 212 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams from Region II, including at least 14 teams from the host Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, will compete at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex.
"Having the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships here not only helps our economy but it gives Saginaw Township and the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association a chance to host a premier soccer tournament," said Tom Faro, executive director of the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association. "We are excited to showcase Michigan and for the positive impact this event will have. Our efforts are focused on providing a first-class experience that can be reflected in the memories of all participants for years to come."
The US Youth Soccer Region II Championships will feature top teams in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups with registration beginning on June 22. Round robin games will take place Saturday, June 23 through Monday, June 25, with semifinal matches Tuesday, June 26. The US Youth Soccer Region II Champions will be crowned following final games Wednesday, June 27.
US Youth Soccer State Champions and select wildcards in the U-13 through U-19 Boys and Girls age groups from 14 State Associations, including from host Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, will participate in the event. The other state associations represented include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio South, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Regional winners of the U-14 through U-19 Boys and Girls brackets will earn a berth to the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships presented by the National Guard July 24-29 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
The dates and locations for the 2012 US Youth Soccer Regional Championships and the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships are:
US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships | Lancaster, Pa.
Classics Park Soccer Complex, Hempfield High School, Elizabethtown College
June 28 | Clipper Stadium, Lancaster, Pa.
June 29-July 1
Age Group: U12 – U19
US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships | Greenville, S.C.
June 14 | Fluor Field
MeSA Soccer Complex
June 18 U14, U15, U16
June 19 Semifinals U13 & U19/ Quarters U17 & U18
June 20 Finals U13 & U19 / Semifinals U14-U18
June 21 Finals U14-U18
Age Group: U13 – U19
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org,
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About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series –
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-14 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 through 17 Boys and Girls age groups have two teams representative of the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group earn a direct path to the national championships. Overall the National Championship Series provides top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org
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.