US Youth to add U-13’s to National Championships
US Youth to add U-13’s to National Championships avatar

US Youth Soccer for the first time will feature the Under-13 age-group for both boys and girls in the US Youth Soccer National Championship series. The Championship will also see more teams qualify for the event through the US Youth Soccer National League in the Under 15 through Under-17 age groups.

This is the first time there’s been an age-group addition to the championship since 2001 when the U-14 and U-15’s were included.  All four Regional Championships include Under-13, while Under-12 is considered developmental and some states require the age-group play small-sided soccer.
The 2013 National Championships will increase qualifying spots from the National League in the Under-15’s through Under-17 to four teams per age-group. This is up from two spots.  All other qualifying positions are filled by play in the four US Regional championship events.
The 2013 US Youth National Championships will be held in Overland Park, Kansas in July.

About Gavin Owen-Thomas

Gavin's a former journalist who worked in both newspapers and television media while also coaching at both youth and professional level. Born in Namibia, he grew up in South Africa before moving to England and then on to the United States, arriving in 1978. Gavin started playing as soon as he was old enough to kick a ball, and like every youngster he dreamed of playing, fame and glory. Oh, well.... But he does have a USSF A Coaching license, and took his UEFA A License in Wales. GotSoccer is a play on his initials. He launched the website in 1996, and for the first few years it was well-known for its soccer forum. In 2003 Gavin commissioned programmer Aaron Wilmoth to build a scheduling program based on a design he drew on the back of a restaurant napkin, and GotSoccer as we know it today was born.
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