184 Teams vie for the 2011 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championship
Games kickoff at 8 a.m. ET Friday, June 17. Complete Schedule
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (June 16, 2011)– Teams, parents, referees, tournament officials and volunteers gathered at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum today to kickoff the 2011 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships.
Pomp and ceremony were on display as two horses circled the coliseum floor several times, and greeted the players representing the twelve state associations participating in the Region III Championships. Players were then addressed by Marcelo Balboa, former member of the US Men's National Team. Balboa shared stories about his childhood passion for the game, then had the crowd on their feet, literally, as he led the players, each wearing matching shirts to represent their state association, in the wave.
The top 184 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams from 12 State Associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region III will compete for the 2011 regional title. Six teams return this year to defend their 2010 regional championship, including: Sting 96, Sting 95, Solar 94 Red , Concorde Fire Elite, Alpharetta Ambush Elite Red and 91 TUSA Gold.
2010 US Youth Soccer Region III Champions
Under-14 (N-TX) Sting 96
Under-15 (N-TX) Sting 95
Under-16 (N-TX) Solar 94 Red
Under-17 (N-TX) D'Feeters 93
Under-18 (GA) AFC Lightning 92 White
Under-19 (S-TX) Lonestars 91 Red
Under-14 (S-TX) Lonestars 96 Red
Under-15 (GA) Concorde Fire Elite
Under-16 (FL) RSL Florida 93
Under-17 (GA) Alpharetta Ambush Elite Red
Under-18 (NC) 91 TUSA Gold
Under-19 (N-TX) Andromeda 91 Navy
Preliminary games will be held June 18-20 with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals June 21-23. All games will be played at the Richard Siegel Soccer Park in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Regional Champions will then advance to the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz., July 26-31, at Reach 11 Sports Complex.
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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