Field of 96 teams set for US Youth Soccer National Championships
FRISCO, Texas (Via US Youth Soccer) — US Youth Soccer has announced the 16 champions of the 2018 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, finalizing the 96-team field for the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas.
2018 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Champions:
|12U Boys*||FCUSA||Baltimore, Md.|
|12U Girls*||MRM Academy Coyotes Blue 06||Germantown, Md.|
|13U Boys||Ukrainian National 2005 Black||Horsham, Pa.|
|13U Girls||Pipeline SC Pre-Academy||Baltimore, Md.|
|14U Boys||Real Jersey FC||Medford, N.J.|
|14U Girls||Philadelphia SC Coppa Swarm 04||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|15U Boys||Beadling Elite 2003||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|15U Boys||# GPS NY Regional Team||Buffalo, N.Y.|
|15U Girls||Keystone FC Premier 03||Mechanicsburg, Pa.|
|16U Boys||Arlington SA 2002 Red||Arlington, Va.|
|16U Girls||North United Rush||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|17U Boys||OBGC Rangers Blue 2001||Olney, Md.|
|17U Girls||BC United 01||Binghamton, N.Y.|
|17U Girls||# FC Stars 01||Acton, Mass.|
|18U Boys||Baltimore Celtic SC 00||Baltimore, Md.|
|18U Boys||# Baltimore Bays 00||Baltimore, Md.|
|18U Girls||Century V Gold||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|19U Boys||Baltimore Celtic SC Christos||Baltimore, Md.|
|19U Girls||FC Pennsylvania Strikers||St. Davids, Pa.|
# Advances to National Championships as Eastern representative. 15U Boys Beadling, 17U Girls BC United and 18U Boys Baltimore Celtic to represent the National League.
*There is no 12U age group at the National Championships.
Maryland led the way with six Eastern Regional Champions, and Eastern Pennsylvania followed with four. Pennsylvania West added three champions, while New Jersey, New York West and Virginia each had one team apiece win a title.
Of the nine teams who entered the tournament looking to defend their titles, five managed to win back-to-back Eastern Regional Championships. Those sides included 14U Boys Real Jersey FC (NJ), 15U Boys Beadling Elite 2003 (PA-W), 17U Girls BC United 01 (NY-W), 18U Boys Baltimore Celtic SC 00 (MD) and 19U Boys Baltimore Celtic SC Christos (MD).
Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U age groups now advance to the third and final stage of the quest for the National Championship. These Eastern Regional Champions will join the 40 National League qualifying teams as well as the champions from the Midwest Regional Championships, Southern Regional Championships and Far West Regional Championships for the National Championships in Frisco, Texas, July 23-29.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s oldest and most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
The National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions, US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions, US Youth Soccer Regional League Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The champions in the 13U through 19U age groups from each regional event will converge in the finals in Frisco, Texas.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 96 teams.
This year, live broadcasts of games will be available from the championships on the official website including daily reports and complete results.