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CFC Academy team earns spot in US Youth Soccer National League

By US Soccer, 08/03/18, 7:45PM EDT

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Chattanooga FC 05 Premier have chance to earn direct path to 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships. The 05 Premier Boys were coached by Jimmy Weekly, who also serves as an assistant coach for the CFC men's team. CFC veteran player Zecca Ferraz will continue their player development as coach in 2018-19.

FRISCO, Texas (Aug. 3, 2018) — US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the teams that have earned their place for the 2018-19 season of the expanded US Youth Soccer National League, the national tier of play for its Leagues Program. The National League, entering its 12th season, is home to the nation’s top 14U through 19U Boys and Girls soccer teams, with each team having an individual proven track record of continued success in US Youth Soccer programs.

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, the Olympics and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

2018-19 US Youth Soccer National League teams [Link]

As is the case with the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series events and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, the National League creates another significant opportunity for the nation's collegiate, professional and national team staffs to see players in an environment of meaningful play. 

Last season, several National League players earned invites to youth National Team camps, and many of the 17U and 18U players committed to play collegiate soccer at programs all across the country.

“The US Youth Soccer National League is excited to provide the top competition in the country for each of these teams, who have each proved themselves to gain entry into the league,” National League commissioner Paul Luchowski said. “National League teams have claimed 39 of 50 possible National Championships in the past five years, which speaks to the quality of the teams in the league and the value of the competition. Hundreds of collegiate, professional and national team scouts attend each National League date for just that reason.”

The seven-game season will begin with the National League Fall Showcase, as all 348 teams compete in North Carolina. All 14U and 15U boys and girls teams will play their opening games Dec. 6-9 in Wilson/Rocky Mount, N.C.

The boys teams will participate in one of two other events, the first being in Orlando, Fla., alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase, Dec. 28, 29 and 31. The rest of the boys teams, including all 14U sides, will compete in Las Vegas, alongside the Players College Showcase, March 8-10.

The complete 2018-19 National League schedule will be announced in the fall.

About US Youth Soccer National League - The US Youth Soccer National Leagues Program is for the nation’s top teams in the 13U through 19U boys and girls age groups, offering additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches. The program includes the national tier called the National League, which will hold its 12th year of competition in the 2018-19 season. The reimagined National Leagues Program also includes a new multi-state tier with a network of 13 high-level competitive conferences throughout the country. The conferences provide opportunities for qualification into the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, as well as the following season's National League.

About the United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) – US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.

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