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Area youth teams head to Florida with chance to qualify for US Youth Soccer National Championships



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Nineteen teams from Eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey are participating in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League P.R.O. event this weekend in Tampa, Florida with a trip to this summer’s National Championships on the line.

Eastern Pennsylvania is second only to Florida (21) with the number of teams participating this weekend. New Jersey has 13 teams, two from the southern part of the state. The event is the first of two P.R.O. events with a second one in Oceanside, Calif. in May. Seven additional teams from Eastern PA will compete in the event in May.

“We are coming off several amazing playoff events, and we cannot wait for the best of Elite 64 and the National League Conferences to come together to play meaningful, high-level games at National League P.R.O.,” said Simon Collins, USYS National League Commissioner. “This is a truly unique competition in the youth soccer landscape, featuring both club-based and team-based competitors, and having spots to the National Championships on the line will only add to the excitement.”

This weekend’s event will feature both boys and girls teams competing in three different pools: Champions, Silver and Wildcard. The games in Tampa will be played at the Tournament SportsPlex of Tampa Bay and SouthShore Sportsplex.

National League P.R.O. features a primarily tournament/bracket style schedule. All age groups will see four teams qualify for the National Championships directly from the Champions Pool of National League P.R.O. The Silver Pool will qualify one team to the National Championships, and the Wildcard Pool will qualify one team to the National Championships. Qualification criteria may vary in certain age groups with fewer total teams.

Champions Pool
Keystone FC Premier 2010 Boys
Sporting PA 2009 Boys
Hex FC 2009 Girls
Penn FC Youth Black 2008 Girls

Silver Pool
Keystone FC Premier 2008 Boys
Sporting PA 2008 Boys
Sporting PA 2008 Girls
Washington United 2006 Boys
Keystone FC Premier 2007 Boys

Wildcard Pool
YMS Premier United 2010 Boys
YMS Premier Force 2010 Girls
YMS Premier Warriors 2009 Boys
Jersey Shore Boca Jr. FC 2009 Girls
YMS Premier Spirit 2008 Girls
Sporting PA 2005 Girls
PA Rush 2007 Boys
YMS Premier Blackout 2007 Boys
Sporting PA 2006 Boys Elite
FC Revolution Knights 2006 Boys

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Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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