League consists of Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls Teams
2009-2010 marks third season for League play, Season Information [link]
Applications due July 10
FRISCO, TEXAS (June 8, 2009) - The US Youth Soccer National League is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 season. Applications are due by July 10, 2009 at 5 p.m. ET.
The National League consists of Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 Boys and Girls. Eight teams will qualify in each group with teams earning slots primarily from play in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (i.e. US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League, US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League, US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League and the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League) or through previous National League qualification.
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The top four finishers of the 08-09 National League season have earned the opportunity to retain their slots for the 09-10 season, providing the teams meet all eligibility requirements. It is expected that one team from each of the four Regional Leagues will join the top four to complete the eight teams per age group. If any eligible returning team does not participate in the 09-10 season, the National League Committee will select an additional eligible team to participate.
The Under-15 age group will consist of all new teams to the National League. It is expected that two teams from each Regional League will be selected.
All teams who would like to participate in the National League will need to submit an application and pay the fee, which is returned if the team is not accepted.
Team applications will be reviewed by its US Youth Soccer Regional Director who will make recommendations to the National League concerning those teams. The National League Committee will select the eight teams in each gender age group.
National League teams will play a seven-game schedule facing each team within its age group one time. Teams will participate in two play weekends during the season with all teams competing in National League play during an early December play weekend seeing each team play four games. The second play weekend will take place later in the season and feature three games for each team.
The top two teams from each age group will earn a slot to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championships along with the four US Youth Soccer Regional Champions.
At last year's US Youth Soccer National Championships, seven of the eight championship finals slots in the Under-15 and Under-16 age groups were won by National League representatives. National League teams went on to claim the Under-15 boys (Baltimore Casa Mia Bays) and girls (Dallas Texans 93 Red Dallas) as well as Under-16 boys (Dallas Texans 92 Red) and girls (Dallas Texans Red 92) national titles.
Teams for the 2009-2010 season are expected to be announced the week of August 1, 2009 for the 09-10 National League season.
Please contact the National League Commissioner Paul Luchowski at NationalLeague@usyouthsoccer.org with questions. For more information on the US Youth Soccer National League, including stories, standings and video from the inaugural season, please visit www.USYouthSoccer.org/national_league/.
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