Yesterday I introduced you to the teams that will compete in the US Youth Soccer National League Conference, otherwise known as the Midwest Conference for the teams in Region II. Today we have the teams that have earned their place for the 2019-20 season of the US Youth Soccer National League, the national top tier of play for its Leagues Program. The National League, entering its 13th season, is home to US Youth Soccer’s top 14U through 19U Boys and Girls teams, with each side having an individual proven track record of continued success in US Youth Soccer programs.
Both Lou Fusz Geerling and Lou Fusz Blue McKee went undefeated in National League last season with Geerling finishing as a National Finalist and Blue McKee earning the first girls National Title since 2005 when the U15 St. Louis SC girls won. The SLSG Missouri 2003 boys also won their National League division, propelling them to the National Championship series in Overland Park last month. US Youth Soccer National League has not announced how the teams qualified for the league although most likely performance in the Midwest Conference last year played the largest part. We’ll be able to look closer at that once the final schedules come out in late October or early November. Teams that want to update me are welcome to contact me with the details which I’ll add to this report.
|Sporting STL Academy||2006||Girls|
|LFA Geerling||2005||Girls||NL Champions '19|
|Sporting St Louis Academy||2005||Girls|
|Sporting St. Louis Red Devils||2004||Girls|
|Lou Fusz Blue McKee||2003||Girls||'NL Champions and National Champion|
|J.B. Marine SC Elite||2001||Girls|
|Sporting St. Louis Academy||2006||Boys|
|JB Marine Gober||2004||Boys|
|SLSG Elite||2003||Boys||NL Champions '19|
Each team will compete in a seven-game season while playing at two events.
Nov. 24-27, 2019 – Boca Raton, Fla. (All 14U)
Dec. 5-8, 2019 – Wilson, N.C. and Goldsboro, N.C. (All 15U-19U)
Jan. 10-12, 2020 – Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (Half 15U-19U)
March 20-22, 2020 – Las Vegas, Nev. (All 14U, Half 15U-19U)
Dec. 11-14, 2019 – Panama City Beach, Fla. (All 17U-19U)
Dec. 12-15, 2019 – Panama City Beach, Fla. (All 15U-16U)
Dec. 27-30, 2019 – Tampa, Fla. (All 14U)
Dec. 28-30, 2019 – Tampa, Fla. (Half 15U-19U)
March 13-15, 2020 – Las Vegas, Nev. (All 14U, Half 15U-19U)
National League competition will be held for the 14U (2006), 15U (2005), 16U (2004), 17U (2003), 18U (2002) and 19U (2001) Boys and Girls age groups. The 2019-20 season features up to 32 teams per gender in the 14U through 18U age groups and up to 16 teams per gender in the 19U age group. The expansion during the 2018-19 season led to the addition of a 19-and-Under age group, as well as more teams in the 14U and 15U age groups — pushing the league from 256 to 352 total teams.
The winner of each of the four divisions in the 14U through 18U age groups, as well as the top two finishers in each of the two divisions in the 19U age group, will earn an automatic berth to the 2020 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship competition — to be held July 20-26, 2020 in Overland Park, Kan. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions for a total of eight qualifiers per age group at the National Championships in the 14U through 19U divisions. Most recently in 2019 in Overland Park, Kan., National League teams won all 12 possible National Championships in those age groups.
The 2019-20 National League field features 78 of 88 teams that qualified for the 2019 National Championships in the 13U through 18U age groups, including 21 of the 24 finalists and 11 of 12 champions.