Premiers August 6 at 8 p.m. ET
On Thursday, August 6 at 8 p.m. ET, the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be featured on Fox Soccer Channel during the two-hour US Youth Soccer National Championships Highlight Show presented by adidas.
The highlight show features game footage from all 12 championship matches from Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, at Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park in Lancaster, Mass., outside Boston. In addition to game footage, feature stories will give viewers insight on what it feels like to be one of the top 60 teams in the nation.
If that wasn't enough, the second hour will showcase extended coverage of the Under-18 Girls Francis J. ""Frank"" Kelly Cup and the Under-19 Boys James P. McGuire Cup championship finals.
The tournament 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.
Each year brings about new challenges and highlights the motivation and commitment of these youth as they continue pursuing their dreams of being one of the best youth soccer teams in the U.S. The national championships are the final leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and open to any US Youth Soccer member. The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport, (Under-19 Boys) in 1935. Since its creation in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 11 divisions to the national championship tournament, most recently with the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls divisions in 2001 to create the current format.
In addition to the annual Highlight Show, Fox Soccer Channel also airs The US Youth Soccer Show. The monthly half-hour program brings viewers access to US Youth Soccer with features on players, teams, events and more. Check your local listings for the next show or visit, /the_show/.
Additional air times:
August 8 11 a.m. ET
August 16 2:30 p.m. ET
August 31 1 p.m. ET
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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.
Media Request: When referring to the United States Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the United States, please refer to the association only as US Youth Soccer, and never as USYS or USYSA. We appreciate your cooperation.
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.
Media Request: When referring to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the most prestigious event in youth sports, please refer to the event as US Youth Soccer National Championship Series on first reference and National Championship Series on anything thereafter. Never refer to as NCS or USYS NCS. We appreciate your cooperation.