WHAT IS THE US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL LEAGUE?
The US Youth Soccer National League is debuting a new structure for the 2020-21 season. The primary competition takes place at the multi-state level within the network of 13 regionally-aligned conferences across the country. The national platform that ties together the Conferences is the National League Showcase Series, which will provide opportunities for more teams to participate in showcases that match up similar teams from varying areas of the country. The Midwest Conference is one of 13 conferences that fall under the scope of the National League and operate at a multistate level — providing high-level competition on a consistent basis at a targeted local level (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota). The Midwest Conference’s top divisions (both team-based and club-based) offer its teams an opportunity to qualify for the 2021 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships, which are held annually each summer. All teams within the Midwest Conference also have the opportunity to take part in the National League Showcase Series, which provides teams with a chance to play cross-conference matches in a national setting with increased exposure to college, professional and national team scouts.
NATIONAL LEAGUE PATHWAY
Any team looking to participate in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference must understand the level of commitment it takes to participate in a League that stretches across 11 different state associations. All teams understand that this is a multi-state league and that teams may travel hundreds of miles to participate in conference games. Teams understand that they may not play any true “home” games. A limited number of teams are accepted into the US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference, so it is important that each team makes the commitment to travel BEFORE applying to the conference.
BOYS and GIRLS AGE GROUPS OF COMPETITION
The 2020-21 US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference will include the following Boys and Girls age groups:
The Team Entry Fee to participate in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference is $650 per team, per season (paid to US Youth Soccer through your GotSport account) and is non-refundable if a team is accepted into the conference and later drops out. State Association’s may have a higher fee to cover additional costs associated with the conference. This fee will be included in your total at the time of application. The Team Fee does not include Referee Fees, which will be paid in accordance with the Conference Operating Procedures. Team Fees are paid directly to US Youth Soccer through your GotSport account or mailed in by check. Payment details will be listed at the time of application. Your respective State Association will be reimbursed by US Youth Soccer. Teams do not pay entry fees directly to their State Association. Teams may also be required to pay additional event fees for conference hosted events, which can be seen later in this document.
US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference boundaries are for youth teams that are members of US Youth Soccer State Associations of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana, although teams from outside these areas may also apply to participate. B13U-19U and G13U-14U teams from Michigan may choose to play in either the Midwest Conference or the Great Lakes Conference based on their location, but once a conference is chosen, they must remain in that conference for subsequent years or start in the lowest tier.
2021 SPRING SEASON: Link to Register
Boys and Girls 13U and 14U competitions. The 13U competition during the 2021 Season will feature Premier I, Premier II, and First Division tiers of play with promotion and relegation between the tiers for the following soccer season (2021 Fall Season). As the 13U’s is the entry age group for the Conferences, the State Associations at the time of the team application period will rank teams for admission into the Conferences and team placement into tiers. The 14U competition during the 2021 Spring Season will feature Club vs Club, Premier I, Premier II, and First Division tiers of play (primarily based on the results of the 2020 Fall Season of 14U play) with promotion and relegation between the tiers for the following soccer year.
Boys 15U through 19U competitions. Due to avoiding conflicts with high school soccer, the Midwest Conference will offer its 15U through 19U competition during the 2021 Spring Season. Boy’s competitions in these age groups during the 2021 Spring Season will feature Club vs Club, Premier I, Premier II, and First Division tiers of play with promotion and relegation between the Premier and First Division tiers for the following soccer year.
Girls 15U Developmental Competition. This age group generally features 8th and 9th graders. Teams interested in this competition which will not involve promotion or relegation but rather creating a competition platform for players born in 2006 that are in 8th grade while their 9th grade teammates are participating in high school soccer.