The US Youth Soccer National League has provided league play for the top USYS boys and girls teams since its inaugural campaign during the 2007-08 youth soccer season. The National League grew from 30 teams in two age groups in its first season to 350 teams in six age groups by the 2019-20 season — providing an annual platform for the teams to earn their place into the league and challenge themselves against top competition on a national stage.
Recent years have seen exciting updates within the National League:
- (2018) Introduction of the National League Conferences – The 13 Conferences brought team-based multi-state leagues under the management of the National League and provided increased connectivity between localized and national competition.
- (2021) National League P.R.O. launches – A modified return to the original National League format that ran from 2007 through 2020 that maintained a strong connection to the conferences while providing teams with a chance to earn their place in the national competition.
- (2022) Launch of Elite 64 – The National League establishes a club-based national platform for the top clubs in the country, with league play for both boys and girls teams in the 13U-19U age groups.
- (2023) Enhanced national events – A two-phased national event format is introduced to ensure every team plays meaningful games when attending national events, which put the club-based and team-based teams on a common pathway toward the USYS National Championships.
In addition to earning their way into the national tier of the National League, teams in the competition have enjoyed the opportunity to compete for league titles and earn the accompanying berths to the USYS National Championships. The challenge of playing in the National League has proven to bring out the best in teams. Between 2007 and 2019, teams that competed in the national tier of the National League captured a combined 77 of 100 possible USYS National Championships. As the National League has evolved, that success at the National Championships has continued.
Click on the appropriate link below to view past National League winners or National League teams that went on to win USYS National Championships.
National League alumni have gone on to excel at the collegiate, professional and international levels, with former players competing in all levels of college soccer, as well as Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, English Premier League, English Women’s Super League, UEFA Champions League, the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup (Men’s and Women’s).
U.S. Men’s National Team appearances…
George Bello, Daryl Dike, Jeremy Ebobisse, Chase Gasper, Daniel Lovitz, Jordan Morris, Andrija Novakovich, Emmanuel Sabbi & Walker Zimmerman
U.S. Women’s National Team appearances…
Morgan (Brian) Gautrat, Danielle Colaprico, Alana Cook, Savannah DeMelo, Imani Dorsey, Emily Fox, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis & Emily Sonnett