FRISCO, Texas — US Youth Soccer announced the schedule for the 2014 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships, on Monday. The regional championship will take place June 21-25 at the John Ankeney Soccer Complex in Beavercreek.
The US Youth Soccer Region II Championships, which will feature top boys and girls teams in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups, will kick off with round robin games from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21-23. Semifinal matches take place at 8 a.m. on June 24, and the US Youth Soccer Region II Champions will be crowned following 8 a.m. final games on June 25.
Fields for elimination rounds will be determined during the event to ensure the best possible surfaces.
US Youth Soccer State Cup Champions, Midwest Regional League Champions and select runners-up from 14 US Youth Soccer State Associations in Region II, including tournament hosts The Ohio South Soccer Association will participate.
Three Xenia-area teams will be among the regional qualifiers. The Ohio Galaxies FC teams for U15 Boys, U16 Boys and U17 Girls will compete.
“The U17 Ohio Galaxies girls team is looking forward to the Region II Championships. It is an honor to represent the Galaxies in the regional tournament after having won the Ohio South State Championship, and being the first Galaxies team to do so,” said Ohio Galaxies FC 96 girls coach Pat Ferguson. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the best female soccer players in the Dayton area on a regional level to parents, friends and college coaches.”
Ferguson is also the head coach of the Wright State University women’s soccer program. According to the US Youth Soccer website (http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/RegionII), more than 100 college coaches from all over the country are expected to be on hand to scout upcoming talent.
The other state associations represented are Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Teams competing in the regional championships advanced through the first step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where more than 10,000 teams began their journey at the US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advance to the one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, where 926 teams compete.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s oldest and most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The event provides more than 185,000 players 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 series is known as the ultimate destination for the country’s collegiate soccer coaches and the future of soccer.
The complete soccer tournament schedule can be found at: http://tournaments.usyouthsoccer.org/events/2014-Region-II-Championships/ .