The United States soccer league system is a series of professional and amateur soccer leagues based, in whole or in part, in the United States. Sometimes called the American soccer pyramid, teams and leagues are not linked by the system of promotion and relegation typical in soccer elsewhere.
American Soccer has seen a huge increase in participation at the youth levels and with this there seems to be a new club popping up in every town in America. I often get asked by parents what is the difference in clubs and how do they know where their child fits in.
Officially, there are three levels on the pyramid for professional soccer, and unofficially, there are several other leagues further down ranging from strictly amateur to semi-pro. These are known as “divisions” or “tiers.” At the top of the three professional leagues, we find Major League Soccer, or MLS.
The United States Soccer Federation governs most levels of soccer in the country, including the national teams, professional leagues, and amateur leagues. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governs colleges and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) governs schools.
Soccer – football outside of the United States – is one of the most popular sports in the world. The sport’s origins trace back to the second half of the 19th century in Britain.
Interest levels in soccer in the U.S. 2020. The graph shows the results of a survey on the level of interest in soccer in the United States as of January 2020. During the survey, only eight ...
Although the best youth teams and academies were in this league there was a lot of variety in terms of level, and so the US soccer committee decided to discontinue the Development Academy league and create a whole new league with better competition and better level overall.
The US Youth Soccer membership is divided into four regions: East, Midwest, South and West. Fifty-five member State Associations make up US Youth Soccer with one in each state, and two in California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Boys and girls then register to play with one of the 6,000+ clubs or leagues formed by their State Association.
National Championship Series: Each summer US Youth Soccer crowns a boys and girls national champion in each of its seven age divisions (13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U).
The youth soccer calendar now runs from January to December, rather than August to July as it had previously. Learn about youth soccer age groups using the chart below. ... Follow Us. 2021 ...