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The US Youth Soccer Leagues Program features the National League and a network of 13 Conferences across the country.  The competitions provide teams with the highest possible level of competition at the national (National League) and multi-state (Conference) levels.  Click the below link for a better detailed presentation on the USYS Leagues Program. 


US Youth Soccer Leagues Overview
Explaining the US Youth Soccer National League and Conferences


Leagues Pathway Graphic




The US Youth Soccer National League operates as the highest level of competition in the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program and is for the nation's top teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U boys and girls age groups. The 14U through 18U divisions consist of up to 32 teams per gender age group, while the 19U age group features up to 16 teams for each gender. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country as each team must earn their place in the league.

The top teams from each division advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship in the country. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions in the 14U through 19U age groups to play for the National Championship. The top teams in each 14U through 18U division also secure a spot to return to National League play the following season.

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.

There are three means to earning automatic qualification into the National League:

  • Regional Championship winners (or representatives to Nationals) from the previous season
  • Returning National League division top finishers from the previous season
  • Conference qualifiers from the previous season


Any unfilled slots become open and are filled through an application process.



What is #EarnYourPlace

Earn Your Place is the official hashtag of the Leagues Program and has been used specifically by the National League for a majority of the league's existence.  It refers to the opportunity for the teams to earn their way into US Youth Soccer's top league and the continued challenges that present chances for teams and players to regularly prove themselves.  

For more details on what it means to #EarnYourPlace, visit:




The US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference is one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer National League in the Multi-State Tier. The Midwest Conference consists of teams primarily from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. The top teams in the Conference will earn advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Midwest Conference teams also have a pathway to participate in the new National League Showcase Series.






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