US Youth Soccer National League boys to resume play in Orlando, Fla.
FRISCO, Texas (Via US Youth Soccer) — The US Youth Soccer National League boys teams will resume league play Dec. 28, 29 and 31 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, as games are held in conjunction with the Disney Soccer Showcase.
The schedule for Orlando features four of the eight teams per division in the 15U through 18U age groups, meaning 56 boys teams will take the fields to play the final three games of their National League season. Each matchup holds great importance in determining which teams will punch their ticket to the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships, held July 24-29 in Frisco, Texas.
After both the boys sides played competitive matches in North Carolina to open their seasons, nearly every division has several teams in position to contend for the title. The first place team’s lead is two points or less in 14 of 16 boys divisions.
Half of the girls teams in the 15U through 18U age groups will compete in their second and final event of the season Jan. 13-15 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The National League teams that do not compete in either of the Florida events will complete their season at the Players College Showcase in Las Vegas — with boys games held March 9-11 and girls games played March 16-18.
The National League features the top 256 teams in the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups. With teams in each age group divided into eight-team divisions, each side has had to earn its place in the league through success in US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and National Championship Series play.
The National League provides a pathway for four teams per gender age group to qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The four National League representatives will join the four regional champions at the 2018 National Championships at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.