Nation's top 60 teams in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups to compete at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
2012 Regional Championship hosts: Lancaster, Pa., Saginaw, Mich., Greenville, S.C. and Phoenix, Ariz.
US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be held in Rock Hills, S.C. Manchester Meadows will host boys and girls teams ages Under-14 through U-19 from around the country as they compete to prove they are the best against the best.
"We are excited that the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be held at Manchester Meadows in South Carolina. All of us look forward to working with South Carolina Youth Soccer and the facility staff," said John Sutter, president of US Youth Soccer. "This event is something players anticipate all year—the chance to earn their way to play against the best competition in their sport and win the national championship."
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association will serve as the local organizing committee for the event, assisting the national association with event logistics and planning.
"Hosting the US Youth Soccer National Championships will be a wonderful opportunity for young players in the area to see some of the best teams in the country," said Bob Brantley, president of the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association. "This is such a unique gathering of talent and passion for the game, and we are thrilled to host these players and their families for this event."
The national championships are the final chapter in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, a yearlong series of events in which more than 10,000 teams compete annually. US Youth Soccer Regional Champions and US Youth Soccer National League representative teams will take the field of 60 teams at Manchester Meadows for the chance to claim a national championship.
Each year brings about new challenges and highlights the motivation and commitment of these youth players 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 step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and open to any US Youth Soccer member.
Annually, the Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In 2011, more than 600 college coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships.
The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (Under-19 Boys), the oldest trophy in youth sport, in 1935. Since its inception 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.
2012 US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championships play dates are below. A historical look at the locations for the National Championships are here.
US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships | Lancaster, Pa.
Classics Park Soccer Complex, Hempfield High School, Franklin and Marshall 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 (4:50-6:30pm) | Fluor Field
MeSA Soccer Complex
Round Robin: June 15-17 (7:45-6:45pm)
Quarters: June 18 (8:30-1:30pm) U14, U15, U16
Semis/Quarters: June 19 (8:30-1:30pm) Semifinals U13 & U19/ Quarters U17 & U18
Finals/Semis: June 20 (8:30-1:30pm) Finals U13 & U19 / Semis U14-U18
Finals: June 21 (8:30-10:30am) 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
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. You can follow the National Championship Series on Twitter
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.