The Best XI was first introduced at the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships. Similar to FIFA's all-tournament concept, the Best XI recognizes the top 11 performers in each gender age group, irrespective of their position on the field, throughout the tournament as voted by coaches of the participating teams in that age group.
The Best 11 join the Golden Ball, Golden Glove and Fair Play awards given out annually at the National Championships. The Golden Ball and Glove were first awarded in 1998 to the players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the National Championships, and has featured winners such as Robbie Findley, Jonathan Bornstein, Freddy Adu, Jordan Morris, Lindsey Tarpley, Christen Press and Emily Sonnett.
2013 Best 11 | Overland Park, Kan. (Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex)
2011 Best 11 | Phoenix, Ariz. (Reach 11 Sports Complex)