National League Showcase Series

Overview

Over the past 13 years, the USYS National League has fielded some of the top talent in the country and has provided opportunities for teams to earn their place in a top national competition -- a program that has helped thousands of soccer players find their pathway to college, pro and international success.

Beginning with the 2020-2021 season, the traditional format of the USYS National League will be adapted into the ALL NEW USYS National Showcase Series that is accessible to teams competing in ANY of the USYS Conferences, among others. This change will offer greater access to national programming within the National League structure while continuing to provide teams with an avenue to compete against the best teams from across the country.

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, the UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The National League, which held its inaugural season in 2007-08, is the national tier and highest level of competition in the U.S. Youth Soccer Leagues Program. Following a restructuring of the Leagues Program in 2018, the program also features 13 Conferences (formerly Regional Leagues) that offer multi-state competition across the various geographical areas of the country.

There are three ways to earn automatic qualification into the National League:

  • 48 Regional Championship winners/representatives
  • 72 returning National League division top finishers
  • 232 Conference qualifiers

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What’s different about the re-imagined USYS National League?
The National League will no longer be comprised of traditional nationwide brackets and event specific competitions. It will now consist of regionally aligned Conferences with both team-based and clubbased league competitions. The champions of each of these National League Conferences will advance to the Regional Championship level of the USYS National Championship Series. In addition to the new National League format, USYS will be rolling out the USYS National Showcases Series.

What is the USYS National Showcase Series?
The National Showcase Series events provide more opportunities for Conference teams to compete within a national platform. At each Showcase Series event, teams are placed in brackets with similarly performing teams across Conferences. Alignments based on Conference performance will create opportunities for more evenly-matched competitive games. Non-Conference teams can also apply to the National Showcase Series with applications subject to evaluation and approval.

How can we play in the National Showcase Series events?
Pathways for teams to automatically secure a guaranteed spot at Showcase Series events will be forthcoming. National Showcase Series event applications will be available for all interested Conference teams to apply. Non-Conference teams can also apply to the National Showcase Series with applications subject to evaluation and approval.

What are the rules for the National Showcase Series?
The National League had previously hosted showcase events in past seasons alongside regularly scheduled National League games. Those rules will act as a foundation for the new National Showcase Series. In addition, we will examine areas for enhancement as we continue development and finalization of the complete rules and guidelines.

When and where will the National Showcase Series take place?
The National Showcase Series will take place throughout the youth soccer seasonal year. Dates and locations of previously scheduled National League events are being considered for the new National Showcase Series events. Additional dates and locations are also being considered while taking into account high school calendars, college recruiting timelines, geographic proximity to clubs and teams, etc. Exact dates and locations will be announced soon.

How many games will be played at each National Showcase Series?
The National Showcase Series will feature three games per team spread over a Friday through Sunday schedule.

What scouting/recruitment opportunities will there be at the National Showcase Series?
Every event will create a great opportunity for scouting. Given the number of competitive teams and geographic diversity, the National Showcase Series presents an invaluable opportunity for scouts to evaluate a large number of players. US Youth Soccer will work with its partners at the college, professional and international levels, alongside US Youth Soccer ODP, to ensure the competitive standards and event environment are optimized to meet the needs of scouts from all levels of play for both genders.

Are Conference teams required to play in the National Showcase Series events?
All Conference teams are eligible to play in the National Showcase Series events. A requirement to attend a minimum number of events has not yet been determined. Look for more details in a future announcement.

Can a team participate in multiple National Showcase Series events?
Yes.

Is this National Showcase Series for Premier I, Premier II or First Division teams?
Any team playing in a National League Conference Premier or First Division is eligible to play in the National Showcase Series. Non-Premier and non-First Division teams can submit applications for evaluation. Slots will be allocated if space is available and teams will be aligned based on category.

Can a team-based Conference get a slot into the National Showcase Series?
Yes. Any team playing in a National League Conference is eligible to play in the National Showcase Series events. Teams will be evaluated and aligned by technical group.

Can a Club-based conference get a slot into the showcase?
Yes. Any team playing in a National League Conference is eligible to play in the National Showcase Series events. Teams will be evaluated and aligned by the technical group.

What age groups are included in the National Showcase Series?
The 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U age groups are included in the National Showcase Series. The 12U age group will be evaluated by USYS technical leads, and more information for this age group will be announced.

Why should teams play in the USYS National Showcase Series vs. other showcases?
The USYS National Showcase series is the best presentation of national soccer talent across all US geographies. As a result, it will also have the best aligned competition in the country. The National Showcase Series is designed to maximize opportunities for players and for the scouting community. It delivers an efficient opportunity for these four major scouting groups:

  1. US National Team
  2. Professional Leagues
  3. Collegiate Coaches
  4. Olympic Development Program

 

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