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Frequently Asked Questions

How does my team get involved in the National League?

The first step is to make sure your team must be registered with your local State Association to participate in the National League. Next, you will want to reach out to your State Association or the conference’s league manager regarding qualifying criteria in your area.

How do I know which National League Conference my team would play in?

Visit the About Conferences webpage and click on your state to see which conference operates in your geographic area.

If I have questions on a specific National League Conference, where do I look?

Each conference has its own webpage with information, schedules and manager contacts. To view your conference’s webpage, select it from the Conferences navigation menu at the top of the screen or visit this page.

Where can I find schedules for a National League Conference?

The schedule for each conference is available in the Schedules & Results section on the conference’s webpage. To view your conference’s webpage, select it from the Conferences navigation menu at the top of the screen or visit this page.

You can also visit the Schedules & Results webpage, where you can access the current schedule for each conference and the national competitions.

What is meant by “Team vs. Team” and “Club vs. Club?”

The two terms refer to the different competition formats in the National League Conferences — particularly the ways in which teams qualify and/or are placed into age groups/divisions.

The Team vs. Team format allows individual teams to qualify or earn acceptance into a single age group/division of competition. Teams can earn their place in the competition, regardless of their club affiliation or the performance of other teams within their club. The Team vs. Team format is offered in every conference.

The Club vs. Club format allows clubs to earn acceptance for their teams across multiple age groups/divisions of a club-centric competition, with each of the applicable age groups/divisions featuring teams from the same group of clubs. The overall performance of each of the clubs’ teams in the applicable age groups is evaluated for entry into the Club vs. Club format. Clubs that participate in the Club vs. Club competition must meet clubs standards for coaching, performance and club management. The Club vs. Club format is offered in select conferences.

What is the difference between a Forfeit and a No Contest?

A Forfeit is recorded as a 1-0 loss for the team that forfeits (and a 1-0 win for the opponent). A No Contest game is does not record a result.

Who qualifies for National League P.R.O.?

All automatic qualifying spots in National League P.R.O. come from the National League Conferences. To view the specific qualifying spots, visit this page.

Can I still compete in National League P.R.O. if I did not qualify via my National League Conference?

Yes. There are varying number of open slots in each gender age group that are filled by a team application process.

What is the timeline for application/registration and acceptances into National League P.R.O.?

The application period for open slots begins around mid-April and ends around mid-June. Teams accepted to fill open slots will be notified around late June or early July. Teams that automatically qualify or are accepted to fill an open slot must register in the National League P.R.O. league software system (GotSport) by early July. The full field of teams for the upcoming National League P.R.O. season will be announced around mid-July.

What are the event locations for National League P.R.O.?

To view the locations for the National League P.R.O. events, visit this webpage.

Must I participate in my National League Conference in order to play in National League P.R.O.?

Yes. All teams competing in National League P.R.O. must play in their respective National League Conference during the same seasonal year.

Is my team required to participate in State Cup if my team competes in a National League Conference and/or National League P.R.O.?

Yes. All National League Conference teams and National League P.R.O. teams are required to participate in their respective State Association's State Cup.

If my team earns qualification to the National Championships as a result of our National League P.R.O. placement, are we required to play at the Regional Championships, should we qualify?

This is not a requirement. Your team has the ability to forego your spot at Regionals, should you qualify. You must notify your Conference League Manager and State Association by the second Friday in April, should you choose not to participate in the Regional Championships.

Can I register for a National League Showcase Series event and not play in a National League Conference?

You can fill out a team application for a National League Showcase Series event even if your team does not currently participate in a conference. Showcase acceptances and team placements first take conference participation and standing into account, but additional showcase spots may be available for other teams.

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Have a question that was not answered? Visit the Staff Directory to find your league manager’s contact information or send your question to nationalleague@usyouthsoccer.org.

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