US Youth Soccer State Champions continue to be crowned across the country as teams look to earn their way to the second leg of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships.
With more than 10,000 teams in contention, they will soon be paired down to just over 900 as teams continue to play for one of the most lucrative spots in youth soccer. The top 48 teams in the country will play for the US Youth Soccer National Championship, the oldest in the country.
The upcoming weeks will be full of excitement as teams playing in the US Youth Soccer State Championships will know their fate in this year’s Series.
Beginning with over 185,000 players or more than 10,000 teams in all 55 of US Youth Soccer’s State Associations, US Youth Soccer State Champions in each of the six age groups are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championship events. From east to west, America’s youth will be competing for a chance to advance from state to region and ultimately the national championships of youth soccer.
Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides teams the opportunity to test their skills against the highest level of competition in the nation while simultaneously stressing teamwork, discipline, fitness and fair play.
Of those crowned, a number will have earned the right to defend their 2005 championships. Regardless of previous glory, it’s a new year and a new opportunity to see who’s who in America’s youth soccer landscape.
2006 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Regional Championships
Simplot Sports Complex – Boise, ID
June 18-25, 2006
2006 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Regional Championships
USA Youth Sports and Neenah Memorial Park/High School Complexes – Fox Cities, WI
June 23-28, 2006
2006 US Youth Soccer Region I (East) Regional Championships
Hampton Roads Soccer Complex – Virginia Beach, VA
June 29-July 4, 2006
2006 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Regional Championships
Burns Park Soccer Complex – North Little Rock, AR
June 29-July 5, 2006
2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships
James W. Cownie Soccer Park – Des Moines, IA
July 25-30, 2006
Known for its history, elite level of competition and great play, US Youth Soccer, the nations largest youth sports organization, annually hosts the national championships of youth soccer for boys and girls in the Under-14 through Under-19 age groups.
2006 marks the 30th anniversary of the Under-16 boys D.J. Niotis Cup and 15th Anniversary of the Under-17 girls Laura Moynihan Cup. The James P. McGuire Cup is the oldest trophy in youth sport dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships. The Under-19 boys age group as the National Champion will hoist the McGuire Cup. This is the 71st anniversary of the oldest trophy in youth sport.
The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (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 series current format.
Learn more about the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and see who’s moving on by visiting http://Championships.USYouthSoccer.org.