Below is an overview of each of the four leagues
US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League
Participation in the Region I Premier League will qualify teams for their National Championship Competition. The Region I Premier League is available ONLY to those teams within the 15 State Associations in Region I. Read Bob Palmeiro's Forum, at www.region1.com, on how the teams are selected for the Premier League.
Age Groups both Boys and Girls: Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18.
League Info: The League will consist of a sixteen (16) team Premier Division for both boys and girls in the Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18 Age Groups. The league season will begin in March and will conclude the weekend of Mothers Day with Semi-Finals and Finals.
The sixteen teams will be divided into two (2) groups of eight. Each team will play each team in their group once for a seven (7) game schedule. At the end of league play there will be a semi-final and a final match for the top four teams (top two teams in each group).
Games will be played on Saturdays and there generally will be two (2) games scheduled each day.
Wildcards: The Boys and Girls Under 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 Champions of the Region I Premier League will be the AUTOMATIC wildcard (regardless of their team's actual age level) for the 2007 Boys and Girls Under 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 Region I National Championships respectively.
- If a Premier League Champion is a State Champion, the wildcard of that age group will go to the Premier League's Runner-Up.
- If the Runner-Up is a State Champion, the wildcard of that age group will go to the Premier League's third place team.
- If the third place team is a State Champion, the wildcard of that age group will go the Premier League's fourth place team.
- If the fourth place team is a State Champion, the wildcard of that age group will go the Premier League's fifth place team.
- If the fifth place team is a State Champion, the wildcard of that age group will go the Premier League's sixth place team.
If the sixth place team is a State Champion, the wild card of that age group will revert back to the Region I Championship Committee.
There will be no play off to determine the fifth and sixth place team. The league's tie breaker rules will be applied to the two teams finishing in third place in each divison to determine the fifth and sixth place teams.
Teams participating in the Boys and Girls Under 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 Region I Premier League are subject to their own State Associations National Championship State Cup Rules as well as all US Youth Soccer National Championship Rules.
A team that participates in the Boys and Girls Under 14, 15, 15, 16, 17 and 18 Region I Premier League and does NOT participate in their State Association's National Championship State Cup Competition CANNOT be the automatic wildcard and/or alternate.
A team who captures the Boys and Girls Under 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 Region I Premier League Championship and has forfeited a game(s) in their State Association's National Championship State Cup Competition (either prior to or after the Premier League Competition) WILL NOT be eligible for an automatic wildcard and/or alternate in the Region I National Championships.
Guest Players: Guest Players will NOT be allowed on any teams participating in the Region I Premier League.
Application Procedures: Each Application and required Team Information Form MUST be accompanied with a League Fee (check made payable to Region I). Teams not accepted into the League will receive their league fee back. (Note: The league fee does not cover the Referee game fees). Teams who, upon notification of acceptance, withdraw from the league will forfeit their League Fee. Teams that are not accepted into the Premier League will be offered a position in the appropriate Regional League.
Referee Fees: The three (3) referee system will be used for all games. Fees will be announced at a later date.
Assignment of Officials: Game officials will be assigned by either the State Association's SRA or SYRA.
Payment of Referee Fees: Each team will be responsible for bringing their half of the referee game fee to the field. A team that fails to pay their half of the referee fees will be fined $250.
Forfeit Fee: Any team forfeiting a game will be fined $250 and will also have to pay the entire referee fees of the game forfeited. Any game forfeited after April 15th will incur a fine of $500 plus the entire referee fees.
Game Availability: All accepted teams must make themselves available for ALL Premier League Games beginning March 1st through Mother's Day Weekend.
Application Form: The Application Form can be downloaded off this site and the deadline date to enter is Friday, December 1, 2006. Notification of Acceptance or Non-Acceptance will be sent to each team's primary contact - via email - by December 30, 2006.
For more visit www.region1.com/PremierLeague/main.htm
Questions regarding the Region I Premier League
should be directed to the Premier League Commissioner at 401-647-1501
US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League
The US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League (MRL) mission is to provide the highest standard of competitive play for youth teams in US Youth Soccer Region II (the Midwest Region) and to assure the continued growth and development of elite level players.
Very simply we are here for the BEST TEAMS…BEST PLAYERS…BEST COMPETITION.
All of us associated with the MRL strive to provide the absolute best high-level competitive environment for our teams. We are here to serve the elite US Youth Soccer affiliated teams and are cognizant of the choices that these teams have in participating in events, tournaments and leagues in order to showcase their players. The MRL offers the absolute best league competition in our area as teams vie for the chance to earn spots into the Midwest Regionals as part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
The MRL features competition in five Age Groups (U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18) for both Boys and Girls. Two seasons are offered – Fall and Spring. Based on the number of teams in an Age Group, Premier and First Divisions are offered. Teams earn spots in the Premier Division by qualifying through their play in MRL competition. Within the Premier and First Division, sub-divisions may also be formed. A promotion and relegation system has been adopted ensuring that success on the field results in teams participating at the highest levels of the MRL. Teams in the Premier Divisions compete for the two Wild Card slots that are available in each age group. Each year, more than 100 MRL teams participate in the Region II Championships as either state cup champs or MRL wild card entries.
Relationship with Region II State Associations
In essence, the MRL is an extension of elite team competition for US Youth Soccer affiliated teams in each Region II State Association. The top teams from State Associations qualify to participate in the regional league. The MRL, in conjunction with each State Association, provides the opportunity for top teams to enter the highest level of competition in youth soccer. The MRL works with the appointed MRL State Association Representative from each state association in serving the teams entered in our league. State Associations register players and approve team rosters for play in the MRL.
Teams earn the right to compete in the MRL based on play within their own State Association's competitions (thus receiving State Association approval); and must exhibit the level of play necessary to compete at the regional league level (review and approval of teams by the MRL). Not all teams that apply are accepted into the MRL. Each state association sets its own standards for approval/endorsement of teams to the MRL. Teams that participate in the MRL are expected to display the highest levels of conduct during competition. The MRL recognizes that teams also expect the highest levels of professionalism from all those associated with the League (other teams, coaches, referees). It is the MRL's goal to provide the absolute best high-level competitive environment for our teams through professional management and operations.
Governance/Management of League
The Regional Council has adopted the Midwest Regional League (MRL) Commission Charter which outlines that the management and supervision of the MRL shall be placed in the hands of the MRL Commission. Members of the eight-person MRL Commission include: (a) the Commission Chairperson who shall also be the US Youth Soccer Region II Director; (b) three (3) Region II member State Association Directors of Coaching; (c) three (3) Trustees Representing Player Interests; and (d) the League Commissioner. The DOC's and Trustees are appointed by the Region II Director to two-year terms. The MRL Commissioner oversees the day-to-day operations of the League as its Chief Executive Officer.
More information is available at www.midwestregionalleague.com
US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League
The US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League provides an opportunity for the most competitive teams in Region III to play each other on a scheduled basis. The league will be comprised of boys and girls in the age groups of U-14 through U-18. Each US Youth Soccer State Association decides what will be the criteria for selecting teams to be considered for inclusion in the upcoming Premier League season. Typically the prior years Premier League champion in an age group, the state cup finalist(s) or the champion of an instate league are potential candidates. Each State Association is invited to present at least two (2) teams in each age group/gender. Games are scheduled in the fall or the spring, depending on local customs in a sub-region or state.
The region is currently divided into three (3) sub regions:
The US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League Committee is comprised of a volunteer from each member National State Associations plus the sub region coordinators and a league chairman. There are no paid positions. To a person, the sole intent is to furnish the top teams in the region the opportunity to play the most competitive schedule for as little cost as possible. The financial goal is to break even. We fully understand the cost to play this game. The more money that stays at the local club or association the better opportunities each child will have to develop their playing abilities with club coaches at club facilities.
Further information is available at the Region III Premier League websites:
For the Central and East sub-regions go to http://www.hotstat.com/classic
[Check the top right hand navigation section for your sub region link]
For the West sub-regions go to http://www.stxsoccer.org/programs/premier/
US Youth Soccer Region IV (Far West)
- Seasons: FALL: ~Aug 11 – ~Nov 18
- Ten (10) age groups: Boys and Girls U14, 15, 16, 17, & 18
- Each age group to receive Wild Card into the US Youth Soccer Region IV (Far West) Regional Championships.
- Two Divisions: Premier and 1st Division Depending on entries. Divisions may have sub divisions depending on number of teams entering.
- Relegation from Premier to 1st Division
- Promotion from 1st Division to Premier
- Schedules: League will make every effort to work around your home State Leagues and State Cups.
- Teams to set schedule in face to face meeting with opponent
- All teams registered in their home State Association are eligible to apply
- Top four (4) teams in each State's past US Youth Soccer State Champions have guaranteed entry into league if team applies.
- All teams wishing entry in league must apply for and receive State approval.
- U14 – U16 Eighteen (18) player roster (up to seven (7) guest players from same club allowed on guest roster) total 25 players. Only 18 of which may appear on game roster and play in any single match.
- U17 – U18 Twenty (22) player roster (up to three (3) guest players from same club allowed on guest roster) total 25 players Only 18 of which may appear on game roster and play in any single match.
More available at www.regioniv.com