About The US Youth Soccer National League

National League Homepage: www.USYouthSoccer.org/national_league  

The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 boys and girls age groups, consisting of a total of 16 teams per gender age group. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country as each team must earn their place in the league. National League teams continue play in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and State Championships to complete their competitive calendar.

Teams play a seven-game schedule over two weekends, facing each team within its age group division one time. The League consists of three weekends of play per gender, with each team playing two of the three weekends.

The top team from each of the two divisions in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 gender age group advances to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship in the country. The top two teams from each age group division secure a spot to return to National League play the following season.

The National League’s alumni have gone on to prove themselves at the collegiate and professional levels, with former players competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The National League, which held its inaugural season in 2007-08, is the national tier and highest level of competition in the US Youth Soccer National Leagues program. Following a restructuring of the National Leagues program in 2018, the program also features 13 Conferences (formerly Regional Leagues) that offer multi-state competition across the various geographical areas of the country.

For the 2018-19 season, the National League will feature the following age groups:

  • 14U (up to 32 teams per gender)
  • 15U (up to 32 teams per gender)
  • 16U (up to 32 teams per gender)
  • 17U (up to 32 teams per gender)
  • 18U (up to 32 teams per gender)
  • 19U (up to 16 teams per gender)

There are three means to earning automatic qualification into the National League:

  • 72 Regional Championship winners/finalists/representatives
  • 96 returning National League division top finishers
  • 168 Regional League qualifiers

 

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