FRISCO, Texas (March 24, 2021) — Following three exciting events that featured US Youth Soccer National League Playoffs, 48 teams across the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U Boys and Girls age groups have qualified to compete in the 2021 US Youth Soccer National Championships.
By way of their success in the 2020-21 National League Playoffs, the group winners in each age group, along with second-place finishers in each bracket in the 14U age group, have earned a direct path to the USYS National Championships. Annually, the final leg of the nation's most elite and prestigious cup competition provides teams with the opportunity for additional exposure to collegiate and national staff scouts as well as a chance to capture the USYS National Championship title in their respective age group.
During the 2020-21 National League Playoffs, the Desert Conference saw the most teams advance to the National Championships, as 10 teams won their groups. The Midwest Conference had the second-most qualifiers (seven) for Nationals, while the Frontier, Great Lakes and Mid Atlantic Conferences each had six. The Mid South, Pacific and Sunshine Conferences had three teams advance, while the Piedmont and South Atlantic Conferences each had two teams earn berths to Nationals. In total, 10 of the 13 National League Conferences are represented among the Playoff winners.
2020-21 USYS National League representatives at the 2021 USYS National Championships
Group A – Wasatch SC 07G ZB (UT)
Group A – 07 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN)
Group B – Albion SC GA 07 (CA-S)
Group B – Wake FC 07 Blue GA (NC)
Group A – Century V Steel 2006 Blue (PA-W)
Group B – Broomfield Blast SC 2006 Prestige (CO)
Group C – CUP 06 Gold (OH-S)
Group D – 06 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN)
Group A – Broomfield Blast SC 2005 Prestige (CO)
Group B – Philadelphia SC Coppa 05 Rage (PA-E)
Group C – Louisiana Fire Jrs. 05 Red (LA)
Group D – TFA G05 Elite (OH-S)
Group A – Galaxy SC 2004 Blue (IL)
Group B – CFC Red Star 04G Elite (GA)
Group C – Utah Celtic FC 04 (UT)
Group D – Sparta FC 04G (TX-N)
Group A – Nationals Union 03 Girls Black (MI)
Group B – Indy Premier SC 03G Elite I (IN)
Group C – Cleveland FC 03 Royal (OH-N)
Group D – Impact MN (UT)
Group A – FC Dallas Youth 02 Red (TX-N)
Group B – Sparta FC 02 Elite (TX-N)
Group C – USA Premier 02 PR (UT)
Group D – Team Boca-SABR 2002 Girls White (FL)
Group A – La Roca Milla (UT)
Group A – Allegiance FC 07 Black – Pedro (TX-N)
Group B – Weston FC 07 Elite (FL)
Group B – OC Surf North B07 Ruiz (CA-S)
Group A – SC Wave 06 (WI)
Group B – La Roca S A Bravo (UT)
Group C – Real Jersey FC 2006 (NJ)
Group D – FC Europa 2006 Elite (PA-E)
Group A – Pennine Utd B05 White (OH-N)
Group B – DKSC 05 Carrillo (TX-N)
Group C – Libertyville FC 1974 Elite 05 (IL)
Group D – Santa Clara Sporting 05 Green (CA-N)
Group A – Sparta 04 JK (UT)
Group B – SLSG 2004 Elite (MO)
Group C – Real Jersey FC 2004 (NJ)
Group D – PA Dominion FC 2004 Boys (PA-E)
Group A – Kingdom SC 03 Red (MI)
Group B – LVSA 03 Silver (NV)
Group C – Bethesda Blue 03 (MD)
Group D – Baltimore Celtic 2003 Premier (MD)
Group A – Solar 02B Castro (TX-N)
Group B – SLSG 2002 Elite (MO)
Group C – LVU-FPA 2002 (PA-E)
Group D – Strikers Miami (FL)
*The top two teams from Group A and Group B in the 14U age group advance to the National Championships.
Utah led all US Youth Soccer State Associations with seven teams that qualified for the 2021 USYS National Championships through the National League Playoffs, while North Texas had six and Eastern Pennsylvania had four of its teams advance. In all, 22 different State Associations had at least one team qualify for the National Championships through the National League Playoffs.
Qualifiers by USYS State Association: Utah (7), North Texas (6), Eastern Pennsylvania (4), Florida (3), Cal South (2), Colorado (2), Illinois (2), Maryland (2), Missouri (2), New Jersey (2), Ohio North (2), Ohio South (2), Tennessee (2), Cal North (1), Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), North Carolina (1), Nevada (1), PA West (1), Wisconsin (1)
About the National League
The National League operates its primary league play across 13 Conferences that operate at a multi-state tier and provide high-level competition at a targeted local level, as well as a pathway for advancement into the regional and national stages of the USYS National Championship Series. The National League Showcase Series and National League Playoffs represent the national tier of the National League, providing a platform for teams to compete in unique matches against uncommon opponents.
In the 2021-22 season, National League P.R.O. will debut as the competitive national tier platform — taking the place of the Playoffs as the National League competition that provides a direct pathway into the National Championships.
For more information on the National League and each of its competitions, including the National League Playoffs, click here.
About the National Championships
The USYS National Championships cap a yearlong series of competitions that comprise the USYS National Championship Series. Boys and girls teams in multiple age groups earn their way by competing against the top teams in their state and region. US Youth Soccer State Champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. The Regional Champions in the 13U through 19U age groups, along with the National League representatives in the 14U-19U age groups, converge at the National Championships to compete for the most prestigious National title in youth soccer.
Click here for the dates and locations of the USYS National Championship Series.