FRISCO, Texas (May 22, 2012)
–By winning the recent US Youth Soccer Alabama State Championships, an Auburn, Ala., area soccer team has qualified to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships
, presented by the National Guard.
Auburn Thunder 97
The team will be among the more than 200 top US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams from the 12 US Youth Soccer State Associations
competing for the regional title, June 18-24 at the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships at MeSA Soccer Complex in Greenville, S.C. Daily reports and complete results from the tournament will be available on http://Championships.USYouthSoccer.org/regionIII
The Region III Championships feature top teams in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups beginning Thursday, June 14, with opening ceremonies, at Fluor Field. Round robin games are Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17. Quarterfinal matches are Monday, June 18 for the U15 - U16 age groups and June 19 for the U17 and U18 age groups. Semifinals are Tuesday, June 19 for U13 and U19 and Wednesday, June 20 for U14 – U18. The Region III Champions will be crowned following final games on Wednesday, June 20 for U13 and U19 and Thursday, June 21 for U14 – U18, at MeSA Soccer Complex.
US Youth Soccer State Cup Champions and select runners-up from 12 US Youth Soccer State Associations in Region III, including host South Carolina Soccer Association will participate. The other State Associations represented are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and Tennessee.
Regional winners of the U-14 through U-19 age groups 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.
One of the 12 national crowns awarded is the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships.
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
Opening Ceremony: June 28 | Clipper Stadium, Lancaster, Pa.
Round Robin: June 29-July 1
Semis: July 2
Finals: July 3
Age Group: U12 – U19
Age Group: U13 – 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
Finals: June 21 Finals U14-U18
Age Group: U13 – U19
Age Group: U12 – U19
Total Number of Teams: 60
Age Group: U14 – 19
For more information on the US Youth Soccer National Championships, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org,
the online home for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, providing the latest in news, information and more. Get all US Youth Soccer National Championship Series updates are on Twitter
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.