US Youth Soccer National League announces expansion for 2016-17 season

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Beginning in the 2016-17 season, the US Youth Soccer National League will expand from 16 to 32 teams in each of the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 gender age groups.

The National League will continue with the same two-event format, as each gender age group will be split into eight-team divisions, with each side playing seven games. The increase in teams will allow for more qualification opportunities for the top performers from the four US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, as the automatic qualifying spots for each Regional League doubles from two to four teams for the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups.

“We have received feedback from club leaders in support of expanding the National League based on their positive experiences in the league,” National League commissioner Paul Luchowski said. “We value the input of those in the league and look forward to welcoming even more proven, top-level teams to the league.”

The National League is designed to reward teams for developing elite talent and earning success in US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and Regional Championships, as the top finishing teams in these competitions directly qualify for the National League. Once in the National League, the top teams from each age group division also secure a spot to return to National League play the following season.

The league’s qualification format provides teams with an opportunity to test themselves against some of the most talented competition in the country, as each team has to earn its place in the National League based on league or cup success. With meaningful matchups against proven competition from across the country, the National League provides an avenue for continued development and opportunities for exposure at the collegiate, professional and National Team levels.

The 32 teams that qualify for the 2016-17 National League in the expanded age groups are expected to come from the following:

-- 4 top returning 2015-16 National League teams (a total of 4 teams)

-- 4 top teams from each of the four Regional Leagues (a total of 16 teams)

-- 4 Regional Championship Representatives to the 2016 National Championships (a total of 4 teams)

-- 8 additional teams to come from either Regional League, Regional Championship or National League play yet to be determined (a total of 8 teams)

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In addition to recruiting opportunities, the top National League teams earn a ticket to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, making each match valuable and creating an added element of pressure as players compete for a chance to play for the National Championship.

Beginning in the 2016-17 season, the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 gender age groups will be split into four divisions of eight teams, with the top finisher in each division earning an automatic berth to the National Championships. The National League’s automatic qualifiers will retain the current structure for the Under-14 and Under-18 age groups, with the top two teams from each of the two divisions advancing to Nationals.

Since its inception, National League teams have captured a combined 31 of 48 possible National Championships. For a list of past National League champions and history, click here.

Entering its ninth season in 2015-16, the National League’s alumni have gone on to prove themselves at the collegiate and professional levels, with former players competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, Major League Soccer, National Women’s Soccer League, English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

This summer, National League alum Morgan Brian will add the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the list when she competes in Canada with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The National League is an extension of the highly successful US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues (US Youth Soccer Region I Champions League, Midwest Regional League, Southern Regional Premier League and Far West Regional League). For more information on the National League, visit

ECNL in New Jersey

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The Michigan Hawks went 2-0-1 on Saturday at the PDA Showcase on Saturday.

The U16s avenged last year's disappointing last season's final game vs Albertson Fury by scoring 3 second half goals, by Maddie Lucas, Sarah Clark and Izzy Rodriguez.  The 3-0 win was a great start heading into tomorrow's game versus last year's national runner up, DeAnza Force.

The U15 Hawks scored 2 second half goals, by Camryn Evans and beat FC Stars of Mass 2-1.  Julia Lower made two late saves to preserve the victory.

The U17s Hawks played a very entertaining game vs Real So Cal.  Kathleen McEachern and Bethany Kopel shared the shutout as the game ended 0-0.

Ally Haran named on U19 WNT roster for Chula Vista Camp

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The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team will hold its second training camp of the year when it comes together from May 16-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

U.S. Soccer is staging U-19 WNT programing this year for the first time since 2004 when the age group switched to Under-20s as FIFA’s world championship moved from a U-19 competition that was staged in 2002 and 2004 to the U-20 Women’s World Cup which has been held in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The reinstitution of the U-19s is a part of an overall increase in programing for the USA’s youth women’s and girls’ national teams which now has teams at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 levels.

All the players in this age group are eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. FIFA has announced that the tournament would be held in Papua New Guinea.

Of the 24 players called up, 18 were born in 1997 and six were born in 1996, which is the age cutoff year for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Four of the players are college.

At this camp the U-19 Women’s National Team is being guided by Women’s Development Coach Jitka Klimkova. Her staff will include U.S. Soccer Youth Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs as well as Women’s Head Development Coach April Kater and Women’s Development Coaches Mark Carr and Tricia Taliaferro. 

U.S. U-19 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ella Dederick (Washington State; Camarillo, Calif.), Devon Kerr (Glen Shields FC; Barrie, Ontario), Lauren Rood (Crossfire Premier; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Schuyler DeBree (PDA; Fair Haven, N.J.), Indigo Gibson (California; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Ally Haran (Michigan Hawks; Linden, Mich,), Shannon Horgan (Clemson; Long Beach, N.Y.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kans.), Amanda Visco (PDA; Manalapan, N.J.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna Prima; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Dorian Bailey (Sporting Blue Valley; Mission, Kans.), Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals SC; Avon Lake, Ohio), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Michaela Kovacs (Grand Rapids Crew; Hudsonville, Mich.), Carrie Lawrence (Florida Krush; Orlando, Fla.), Briana Solis (Florida Krush; Orlando, Fla.)
FORWARDS (7): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Hana Kerner (Match Fit; Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Madeline McCracken (Richmond United; Lynch Station, Va.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Heights, Mich.), Alleandra Watt (Pride SC; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

MSYSA Boys State Cup 2015

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msysaGreat day at Saginaw Township Soccer Complex (3575 McCarty Road, Saginaw MI) on May 16th with our teams playing in the State Cup Round of 16. Sunday are the Quarterfinal matches which will be lots of great soccer matches to watch. 

Come out and cheer on all the Michigan Wolves-Hawks teams!!

Sunday May 17th Matches:

Age Time Home Team Score Away Team Score Field #
U16 9:00AM  Wolves 99  1  Canton Celtic 99 Black  2 #1
U16 9:00AM  Michigan Jaguars 99 Green  2  Wolves 99 Black  3 #6
U15 11:30AM  Wolves 00  3  WAZA FC East 00 Juniors  1 #6
U14 9:00AM  Michigan Jaguars CW3 01 Red  1  Wolves 01  0 #9
U14 9:00AM  Michigan Fire Juniors 01 Red  1  Wolves 01 Black  0 #8
U13 11:30AM  Wolves 02  6  TKO Crew Juniors 02 Gold  1 #7
U13G 2:00PM  Michigan Jaguars 02 Green  2  Hawks 02  3 #9
U12B-DA 2:00PM  Wolves 03  3  Alliance Academy  0 #1
U12G-DA 4:00PM  Hawks 03    Waza FC North 03 Black   #2
U11B-DA 9:00AM  Wolves 04  3  RSC Lightening  0 #17
U11G-DA 11:00AM  Hawks 04  6  Waza FC North 04 Royal  2 #14
U11G 3:00PM  Ann Arbor United  1  Hawks 04 Black  0 #18
U10B 9:00AM  Canton Celtic 05 Black  5  Wolves 05  1 #5B

Saturday May 16th Matches:

Age Time Home Team Score Away Team Score Field #
U18 2:00PM  Wolves 97  1  Wolves East 97  0 #9
U17 2:00PM  GR Crew Juniors  0  Wolves 98  1 #2
U16 9:00AM  Wolves 99  3  United FC  0 #1
U16 9:00AM  Wolves 99 Black  2  RSC Lighting 99 Black  0 #6
U15 11:30AM  Wolves 00  2  Ole SC Academy  1 #4
U14 9:00AM  Carpathia Kickers  0  Wolves 01  1 #20
U14 9:00AM  Wolves 01 Black  4  United FC  1 #21
U13 11:30AM  Wolves 02  7  GR Crew Juniors 02 Black  0 #10
U13 11:30AM  Michigan Fire Juniors  3  Wolves 02 Black  1 #19
U13G 2:00PM  Hawks 02  4  Kingdom 02 Black  0 #20

The U13 Wolves advanced through this weekends State Cup playoffs winning 7-0 vs Grand Rapids Crew Black on Saturday.   It was a great team effort.  On Sunday, the boys faced TKO.  Again, the boys found the back of the opposing net often.  Finishing the game with a 6-1 win.  Good luck wolves in the semi-finals.

The U15 Wolves faced tough competition this weekend in Saginaw.  Saturdays game saw the boys enter into OT vs Ole of Grand Rapids. After 30 minutes of extra play, the Wolves were forced to PK's.  An unbelievable effort in the goal by Patrick Restum led the Wolves to a 4-1 PK advantage.  Sundays game vs Waza East Juniors was another great game. Michael Martinez led the scoring for the Wolves but a last second goal by Waza sent the boys again to OT.  This time, the Wolves were able to finish the job with goals by Keegan Gormley and Nick Isham.  The defense held strong finishing with a 3-1 victory.  Good luck in the semi-finals!

Jaguar Invitational 2015

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Champions:Hawks06Red Jags

The Michigan Hawks 07 team were Champion of the U8 Elite Division,

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the Michigan Hawks 07 Black were Champions and the Michigan Hawks 07 Black were Champions of the Girls U8 Gold Division. In the Girls U9 Division the Michigan Hawks 06 were Champions in the U9 Elite division and the Michigan Hawks 06 Red were Champions in the U9 Bronze Division.


The Michigan Wolves 08 Black team were finalists in the U7 Boys Gold Division.

Four Hawks head to WNT Camp in California

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CHICAGO (May 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from May 9-16, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Snow has called up 28 players for the event, with six born in 2000 and the rest in 1999, as the squad continues its long-term preparation for qualifying for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup

U14 Hawks ECNL Recap

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The U14 MI Hawks secured the Midwest Conference this week with wins over Vardar, SLSG-MO and SLSG-IL.

On Tuesday, the Hawks played their in state rival Vardar.  Kaya Frazier starting off the scoring early in the first half.  Additional goals were added by Sam Sklarski, Bria Telemaque and two goals from Emma Hiscock who was playing up for the game.

Saturday was a gorgeous spring day in Southeast Michigan.  The Hawks squared off with second place SLSG-MO.  Hailey Hartwig started off the scoring with a nice breakaway on a long feed from Madeline Carlson.  Kaya Frazier scored the second goal on a great left footed kick that went just under the crossbar.  SLSG did have a PK attempt after a hand ball in the box but the shot by Lilly Schnieders missed the net.  The Hawks defense, anchored by GK Maciah Lipsey, delivered another shutout.  Their ninth shutout of the year.

On Sunday, Bria Telemaque started off the scoring early with a goal in the first 5 minutes.  She added the second goal of the game when she stole the ball from the goalie and then put it in the back of the net.  Samantha Sklarski's first goal came off a corner kick, Lily Lucas sent in a beautiful ball which was headed by Erin MacDonald, hit the crossbar and then put in the back of the net by Sam.  She then contributed two more goals for the hat trick.  The rest of the goals were scored by Lilian Lucas, Samantha Lopez, Kaya Frazier(2) and Ashley Armstrong.

ECNL Impact | Changing Club Structure and Methods

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Richmond, Va.(March 30, 2015) - The Elite Clubs National League (“ECNL”) was founded in 2009 with a very basic mission – to improve the training and competition environment for elite youth female soccer players in the United States. This mission is frequently shortened to 3 words – RAISE THE GAME. These words encompass a platform that seeks to improve coach, player, and club development through competition, education, development, and more.

Prior to the formation of the league, top youth female soccer players in the United States played too many overall games and not enough meaningful and highly competitive games.  In this reality, training frequency and quality suffered, and individual player development was not consistently maximized. The ECNL mission was to change this reality – by creating a platform where top players could consistently train with and compete against each other.

The 2011-2012 season was the first “full” season that ECNL teams and players competed solely in the ECNL all year.  Since that season, through consistent and meaningful high-level competition and other associated demands, there has been steady improvement in style of play, coaching, and player performance.  These improvements have come through positive change in the daily environment at ECNL clubs throughout the country.

To understand the impact of the ECNL within the clubs, we spoke to the Directors of Coaching at four top ECNL clubs.  Below is insight on how the ECNL has impacted their club and players in the past few years, and their expectations for the future:

  • Doug Landefeld - Director of Coaching, Michigan Hawks
  • Colin Chesters - Director of Coaching, San Diego Surf
  • Lorne Donaldson - Executive Director of Coaching, Real Colorado
  • Mike O’Neill - Girls Director of Coaching, Players Development Academy Promo

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August Summer Camp

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The Michigan Wolves and Hawks will offer a summer camp at Jaycee Park, 32500 Pembroke, Livonia, MI 48152. Cost for the 4 day camp is $115 if registration is received by July 20th. After July 20th, the camp is $135. Drop in is $35 per day. In addition to quality instruction by our club coaches with the club’s proven curriculum, each player will receive a camp t-shirt. Players will be placed into groups based on both age and ability after the first day.

The camp is open to players from any club.

Camp Staff: will include Doug Landefeld, Adil Salmoni, Sam Cheaib and Lars Richters
Dates: August 3rd - 6th
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost: $115 if received by July 20th, after July 20th $135. Drop in is $35 per day.
To register for camp, please go to:
Or complete form, including the waiver and send a check for $115 (or $135 after July 20th).The checks should be made out to Michigan Wolves and Hawks Soccer Camp.