The Spring season for the US Youth Soccer National League Conferences, managed by EDP Soccer, is about to begin its full slate of games in the coming weekends. The top USYS leagues in the East Region, the Conferences feature 16 teams who have already punched their ticket to the 2023 USYS National Championships through National League P.R.O., with many more having a chance to do the same at the upcoming P.R.O. events in North Carolina.
The Spring season will see 13U-19U Boys and Girls teams in the New England, North Atlantic, Mid Atlantic and South Atlantic Conferences all competing.
Teams who have already punched their ticket to Nationals include:
14U Girls: BC United 09G (NY-W), PA Dominion 09 Girls (PA-E), Keystone FC Premier 09G (PA-E)
15U Girls: FC Somers Lady Hammers (NY-E)
15U Boys: Yardley Makefield Soccer 08B Celtic (PA-E)
16U Girls: Ginga FC 07G Elite PRO NL (CT)
16U Boys: PDA SC Vistula Lewandowski (NJ)
17U Girls: Keystone FC Premier 06G (PA-E), Yankee United FC Attack (CT)
17U Boys: Juventus Academy Boston EDS N 06 Bianco (MA)
18U Girls: Penn FC Youth 05G Black (PA-E)
18U Boys: FC Bucks Dominion 05 Boys (PA-E), SAC Boys 2005 Pre-Academy (MD)
19U Girls: Liverpool FCIA Central MD 04 Girls (MD), Iron Valley United Thorns 04 (PA-E)
19U Boys: BRAUSA 04 Blue (MD)
The region's top teams will compete in Club vs. Club, Premier I and Premier II Divisions within their respective Conferences. Each week, teams will battle to earn their place at the top of their league table, which includes pathways to some of the most prestigious competitions in the nation, including the 2023 USYS Eastern Regional Championships, being held in Loudoun County, Va.
A Look at a couple of the Divisions in each of the Conferences:
The 17U Boys will feature a Club vs. Club Division and also a stacked Premier I Division. In Premier I, Juventus Academy Boston EDS N 06 Bianco (MA) enters as one of the nation’s top teams, while Bridgeport Premier FC 2006 (CT) looks to repeat as a first-place finisher in the Conference. Bayside FC EDP U17B Black (RI) enters the Conference, and will look to make a splash after an impressive performance at the USYS National League Regional Showcase Virginia. In Club vs. Club action, Spring 2022 winner Seacoast United Maine SC 2006B Elite (ME) looks to repeat and head back to Regionals, where it was knocked out in the group stages on a tie-breaker.
The 16U Girls Premier I Division will see 10 teams from three states looking to claim the top spot. Ginga FC 07G Elite PRO NL (CT) enters as one of the top teams, coming off an impressive performance in National League P.R.O., where it clinched a spot in USYS Nationals. AC Connecticut G07 EDP National (CT) has also had a strong winter, winning the USYS NL Regional Showcase Virginia. Other teams from Connecticut include CFC North 2007 Regional NL (CT), Southeast SC G07 (CT) and Sporting CT 2007 Girls (CT). Rhode Island Surf G2007 Elite White (RI) represents Rhode Island, and from Massachusetts is Commonwealth Football Club Girls 2007 Green (MA), Juventus Academy Boston West Girls 2007 Bianco (MA), Western United Pioneers FC 2007 Girls Elite (MA), and Scorpions SC Metrowest 2007 Girls EDP (MA).
The 17U Boys Premier I Division is one of the deepest Divisions in the nation. New York Premier FC 06 Boys finished as the Regional finalist last year, while DUSC B2006 Blue was a Regional semifinalist. Dix Hills EST Ultimatum B2006 is currently in second place in its National League P.R.O. Division and Massapequa SC Boltz were State Cup Champions last Spring. NY Hota 2006 Blue and Cedar Stars Academy Hudson Valley 2006 both went 3-0-0 at the USYS NL Regional Showcase Virginia. Barca Academy Pro NY B2006 PRO, LaGrange Premier '06, Southampton Soccer Club Academy 2006 and Two Bridges Football Club 2006 each bring strong resumes of their own and will push for the top spot.
The 14U Girls Premier I Division sees BC United 09G looking to continue their phenomenal run this season as they come off defeating PA Dominion last weekend to win their National League P.R.O. Division. South Shore Futbol Club Legacy G2009 fell just short of Regionals last year, when they ended as State Cup runners-up, and will look to make it this year through both another cup run and the league pathway. Auburndale SC Strikers 09 finished at the top of the table in the Fall and will look to do the same this Spring to follow in the footsteps of the 2008 Girls as one of the top teams in the state and region. The Division also includes SUSA FC G09 Carolina Nirvana Quest 09, Ballston Elite, and Massapequa SC Lady Spurs.
The Boys and Girls Club vs. Club Divisions include the top clubs from New York, Connecticut and North Jersey competing. The Boys will have Quickstrike FC, Brooklyn Italians, White Plains YS, AC Connecticut, Chelsea Piers Shoreline, Brentwood SC, Inter Connecticut FC and East Coast FC. The Girls will have Alleycats SC, Chelsea Piers Shoreline, East Coast NY Surf, Force FC, NJ Crush, Long Island Slammers, STA, Long Island SC, and Manhattan SC.
All teams in the 16U Premier I Division will have their match with PDA/Vistula B2007 - Lewandowski circled, as one of the nation’s top teams once again looks to keep its spot at the top of the table. After going 1-1-1 in Nationals last summer, PDA/Vistula is still looking for the one trophy it has not won — a National Championship. PDA/Vistula will face tough competition, with Marlboro SA 2007 Gunners Blue and Keystone FC Premier 07B, who finished in second and third, respectively, last season, looking for redemption. Other challengers in the bracket will be Future SA, PA Rush, Quaker Elite and Real Jersey FC.
The 15U Premier I Blue Division features several long-time rivals once again battling it out for their place at the top of the table. Last Spring, Wall Elite Chelsea finished at the top of the table with PSA North right behind them. NJ Premier FC joins the division after playing Club vs. Club last season, and it will aim to return to the USYS National Championships for a second straight year. NLSA finished as Regional finalist just two years ago, and looks to return to Regionals and take care of unfinished business. Last weekend was the division's first game, with Europa Lions FC 2008 G Blue and NJ Crush FC 2008 Academy battling in a hard fought 1-1 draw.
The Boys Club vs. Club features tons of top teams from the region's top clubs including YMS, FC Bucks Dominion, Lower Merion-Europa, PSA Monmouth, FC Copa, SJEB FC, Parsippany SC and PDA Hibernian.
The 16U Premier I Red Division is expected to be one of the tightest Divisions in the nation from top to bottom. With four National League P.R.O. teams competing, each side is looking for bragging rights in the state. Of those four, Maryland State Cup champion Potomac SA Premier 07 drew its opening match with DC Soccer Club, 2-2, and defeated Penn FC, 1-0. State Cup finalist Touch Kings FC 2007 Elite and Bethesda Blue 2007 drew, 0-0. And SAC 2007 Pre-Academy opens up this weekend against Old Line FC, with SAC being the lone team in the division that reached the National Championships last season.
Several teams are off to a fast start in the 15U Girls Premier I Red Division. Maryland State Cup champion Maryland Rush SOMD Rush 08G Kraken is 4-0-0 with wins of 3-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 2-1 to start the season. The USYS Eastern Regional Champion, Penn FC Youth 2005 Black, is 2-0-0, keeping two clean sheets, including a 1-0 win over Ellicott City SC City 2008 Girls Black. Keystone FC Premier 08G is 3-0-0, scoring nine goals through their first three games, and USYS Eastern Regional finalists FC Frederick FCF '08 Girls won their first conference match, 4-0.
See all 15U-19U Divisions and schedules here.
See all 13U-14U Spring Divisions and schedules here.