FRISCO, Texas (July 5, 2011) – US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 2011 US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Champions and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. These teams now advance to the third and final stage of the quest for the national championships. Region I Champions will join the 12 National League qualifying teams and the champions from Regions II, Region III and Region IV in Phoenix for the National Championships.
New Jersey led the way in Region I, sending four teams to the National Championships. Eastern Pennsylvania is ending three, Massachusetts two and Eastern New York, Pennsylvania West and Maryland each send one.
Representing US Youth Soccer Region I at the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships:
Under-14 (NJ) Match Fit Chelsea Colchesters
Under-15 (NJ) PDA Slammers
Under-16 (MA) Scorpions Elite
Under-17 (E-PA) FC Pennsylvania Strikers
Under-18 (MA) FC Stars of Mass
Under-19 (NJ) PDA Tsunami
Under-14 (E-NY) Smithtown Arsenal
Under-15 (NJ) SDFC Gauchos
Under-16 (PA-W) Beadling SC
Under-17 (E-PA) Penn Fusion Celtic
Under-18 (E-PA) YMS Thunder
Under-19 (MD) Baltimore Bays Chelsea
"Each year, the top players in the country look forward to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, working as a team to earn their way from state to regional champions, to playing for the US Youth Soccer National Championship," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer. "The Region I Championship was a tremendous event by host Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association and congratulations to the more than 280 teams who advanced to represent their state and to those who will continue their quest to be named National Champions."
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
The National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups from each regional event will converge in the finals in Phoenix.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
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 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
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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.
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