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US Club Soccer creates National Adult Leagues U20 division

18 Feb, 2011

Consistent with US Club Soccer’s goal of providing a vehicle through which clubs can offer life-long soccer to their members, the organization has announced the formation of the National Adult Leagues U-20 Division. 

The inaugural season of US Club Soccer’s National Adult Leagues U-20 Division will kick off in May 2011, but eventual plans also include a U-23 Division and an Open Division.

Aimed at providing top-level competition for current and potential collegiate players, the inaugural season of the National Adult Leagues U-20 Division will run through July and include 8 to 10 regular-season games.

US Club Soccer’s National Adult Leagues is a program comprised of high-quality, competitive and low-cost local leagues for men and women which provides a structure for adult soccer in the United States.

At the core of the program are the principles that team standing should be determined on the field, and that promotion and relegation should decide the standing of a club. Within a clearly-defined framework and structure, clubs may now progress from local to regional, and regional to national competition based on their on-field performance. Clubs also have the opportunity to play exclusively local.

The summer time frame for the National Adult Leagues U-20 Division coincides with the collegiate offseason and allows players to prepare for preseason with continued development opportunities throughout the summer. Plans for the U-23 and Open divisions include year-round play.

Following the successful world model of full integration at all ages, US Club Soccer’s National Adult Leagues intend to expand adult soccer at all levels of play, thereby allowing clubs to connect youth and adult soccer seamlessly and develop “members for life.”

[+Click here for more details at US Club Soccer's website]

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