Saginaw, Mich., to host 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships
FRISCO, Texas (August 31, 2011) - US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2012 US Youth Soccer Regional and National Championships, the second and final stages of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The 2012 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships will be held in Saginaw, Mich. Saginaw Township Soccer Complex will host boys and girls teams ages Under-13 through U-19 from around the Midwest.
The more than 210 teams at the Region II Championships will be competing for a berth in the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships, to be held at Manchester Meadows in South Carolina.
The field at the Region II Championships will be comprised of US Youth Soccer State Cup champions, select runners-up from 14 US Youth Soccer State Associations in Region II, including from host Michigan, and representatives from the Midwest Premier League. The other State Associations represented are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio South, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The National Championships will consist of Regional Champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 Boys and Girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-17 Boys and Girls age groups to complete the field of 60 teams.
Each year brings about new challenges and highlights the motivation and commitment of these youth players as they continue pursuing their dreams of being one of the best youth soccer teams in the U.S. The national championships are the final step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series and open to any US Youth Soccer member.
Annually, the Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. In 2011, more than 600 college coaches attended the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships.
The U.S. Soccer Federation initiated the open youth championships with the James P. McGuire Cup (Under-19 Boys), the oldest trophy in youth sport, in 1935. Since its inception in 1974, US Youth Soccer has added 11 divisions to the national championship tournament, most recently with the Under-14 and Under-15 Boys and Girls divisions in 2001 to create the current format.
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