Special to The Sun
US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the 14 champions of the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships, presented by the National Guard, and commend their success in the state and regional championships of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The South region was contested at the Blake-Service Soccer Complex June 21-27. Hometown team Oklahoma FC 96 will be in Overland Park, Kan. after triumphing the U18 girls division.
2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Champions
Under-13 (N. Texas) Liverpool 00 Elite, Lewisville
Under-14 (Ga.) Tophat 17 Gold, Atlanta
Under-15 Tennessee SC 16, Brentwood
Under-16 97 Louisiana Fire Navy, New Orleans
Under-17 AHFC 96, Houston
Under-18 Oklahoma FC 96, Edmond
Under-19 (Ga.) NASA 12 Elite II, Kennesaw
Under-13 (Ga.) United FA 00 Elite, Cumming
Under-14 Solar Chelsea Red 99, Dallas
Under-15 (Fla.) Sunrise Elite 97/98*, Sunrise
Under-16 (Ga.) GSA Phoenix 97 Red*, Lilburn
Under-17 (N.C.) Triangle United SA Gold, Chapel Hill
Under-18 (Fla.) Team Boca, Boca Raton
Under-19 (Fla.) Plantation Copa, Plantation
*Under-15 Boys: FC Dallas 98 Premier to represent Region III, Sunrise Elite to represent National League
*Under-16 Boys: NASA B15 Elite (GA) to represent Region III, GSA Phoenix to represent National League
These teams, in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups, now advance to the third and final stage of the quest for the National Championship. These Region III Champions will join the National League qualifying teams and the champions from Region I, Region II and Region IV at the National Championships July 22-28 in Overland Park, Kan.
Georgia led the way in Region III, sending four teams from four different clubs to the National Championships. Florida will send three teams to Overland Park, while North Texas will send two. Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Texas will each send one squad.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
The National Championships cap a year-long series of competitions, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, for boys and girls teams in multiple age groups as teams earn their way from the top teams in their state to the regional championship tournaments. US Youth Soccer State Champions, US Youth Soccer Regional League champions and selected wildcard teams are eligible to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships.
The US Youth Soccer National Championships will consist of US Youth Soccer Regional Champions in the Under-13 through Under-19 boys and girls age groups as well as the US Youth Soccer National League qualifiers in the Under-15 through Under-18 boys and girls age groups to complete the field of 88 teams in Overland Park, Kan.
About the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer's 55 State Associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The yearlong competition begins with over 185,000 players in the US Youth Soccer State Championships. These champions and selected wildcard teams, through US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues, advance to compete in one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships. Champions (U-13 through U-19) from each regional event advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Under-15 through Under-18 Boys and Girls age groups have four teams representing the US Youth Soccer National League, in which the top two teams in each gender age group division earn a direct path to the National Championships. Overall, the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country. For more information, visit http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org.