East Brunswick, NJ (July 11, 2019) — US Youth Soccer has announced the schedule for the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships, which will include 27 teams that represent East Region state associations and played in the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP. The Nationals will be played July 23-28 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, KS.
Those 27 teams are among 104 qualifying teams that will play preliminary matches Tuesday, July 23 through Thursday, July 25 to determine who will advance in the pursuit for the National Championship. The 13U Boys and Girls will play their National Championship finals matches Friday, July 26, while the 14U-19U age groups have a day of rest. Following their day off, the 14U through 19U teams will play semifinals on Saturday morning before crowning the remaining National Champions on Sunday, July 28.
The 27 teams that represent East Region state associations, and played in the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP, are:
13U Boys: 2006 Pipeline SC Pre-Academy (MSYSA); 14U Boys: STA-MUSC 2005 (NJYSA); 15U Boys: PA Dominion 04 (EPYSA), NY Stars Premier Galaxy (ENYYSA), Real Jersey FC (NJYSA); 16U Boys: Baltimore Celtic Premier (MSYSA), Syracuse Development Academy (NYWSYSA); 17U Boys: Arlington SA 2002 Red (VYSA), Baltimore Celtic Nesbitt (MSYSA); 18U Boys: OBGC Rangers Blue 2001 (MSYSA), Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 01 Black (EPYSA), Future Player Academy (EPYSA); 19U Boys: Lehigh Valley United 2000 Black (EPYSA), LMSC Rats (EPYSA), Baltimore Celtic SC 00 (MSYSA).
13U Girls: Real Jersey FC 06 (NJYSA); 14U Girls: NJ Stallions 05 Fire (NJYSA), Pipeline Spirit Pre-Academy 05 (MSYSA); 15U Girls: Philadelphia SC Coppa Swarm 04 (EPYSA), FC Revolution Dynamo (EPYSA); 16U Girls: PSA National 03 (NJYSA); 17U Girls: Pipeline 02 Pre-Academy Spirit (MSYSA), SJEB Rush 02 Academy Blue (NJYSA), HMMS Eagle FC Impact 03 (EPYSA); 18U Girls: Premier Navy 2001 (MSYSA), 1776 United FC 01 Xtreme (EPYSA); 19U Girls: Princeton SA (NJYSA).
The traditional 56 regional champions and representatives have advanced to the National Championships via success through the first two legs of the annual US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where more than 10,000 teams began their journey at the US Youth Soccer State Championships.
State champions advanced to their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Championship, four in all, where more than 900 teams competed from all corners of the country. In addition to these 56 regional champions, 48 teams from the US Youth Soccer National League will complete the field of 104.
The National League consists of 14U through 19U boys and girls teams, all of which qualified for league play through success in their respective US Youth Soccer National League Conferences – like the Mid-Atlantic EDP Conference, the South Atlantic EDP Conference and North Atlantic EDP Conference -- and US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Established in 2007, National League teams have captured a combined 65 of a possible 88 US Youth Soccer National Championships in the league’s first 11 years.
For all teams competing in the National Championships, the annual Player Luncheon will be held July 22 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS. The luncheon serves as the kickoff to the weeklong event highlighting the achievements of these national qualifiers.
Round robin match times are scheduled for 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., on the opening day of play, with preliminary games continuing through Thursday. Teams will earn three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss. The teams with the most points at the conclusion of Thursday’s play in the 13U age group will advance to play for the National Championship on Friday, July 26. In the 14U through 19U age groups, the top two teams in each group move on to semifinals for a chance to earn a place in their respective National Championship final on Sunday, July 28.
Annually, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation’s top collegiate and professional coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.
Live broadcasts of more than 80 games, daily highlight videos, photos, reports and complete results from the US Youth Soccer National Championships will be available on http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program Soccer (EDP) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP’s leagues and tournaments is to enable soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 3,500 teams participate in EDP’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP tournaments annually. For more information on EDP, visit www.edpsoccer.com.