FRISCO, Texas (June 7, 2012) – By winning the recent US Youth Soccer Connecticut State Championships, a Ridgefield, Conn., area soccer team has qualified to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships, presented by the National Guard.
The team will be among the more than 260 top US Youth Soccer Boys and Girls teams from the 15 US Youth Soccer State Associations competing for the regional title, June 28-July 3 at the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships at Classics Park Soccer Complex, Hempfield High School and Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, Pa. Daily reports and complete results from the tournament will be available on http://Championships.USYouthSoccer.org/regionI.
The US Youth Soccer Region I Championships, featuring top teams in the Under-12 through Under-19 age groups, begin Thursday, June 28, with opening ceremonies at Clipper Stadium. Round robin games are Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, with semifinal matches Monday, July 2. The US Youth Soccer Region I Champions will be crowned following final games on Tuesday, July 3.
US Youth Soccer State Cup champions and select runners-up from 15 State Associations in Region I, including host Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association will participate. The other State Associations represented are Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York West, Pennsylvania West, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
Regional winners of the U14 through U19 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
US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships | Saginaw, Mi.
Saginaw Township Soccer Complex
Registration: June 22
Round Robin: June 23-25
Semis: June 26
Finals: June 27
Age Group: U13 – U19
US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships | Greenville, S.C.
Opening Ceremony: June 14 | Fluor Field
MeSA Soccer Complex
Round Robin: June 15-17
Quarters: June 18 U14, U15, U16
Semis/Quarters: June 19 Semifinals U13 & U19/ Quarters U17 & U18
Finals/Semis: June 20 Finals U13 & U19 / Semifinals U14-U18
Finals: June 21 Finals U14-U18
Age Group: U13 – U19
US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships | Phoenix, Ariz.
Reach 11 Sports Complex
Round Robin: June 18-20
Quarters: June 22
Semis: June 23
Finals: June 24
Age Group: U12 – U19
US Youth Soccer National Championships | Rock Hill, S.C.
Player Luncheon: July 24
Round Robin: July 25-27
Finals: July 28-29
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 (@usysncs).
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.