US Youth Soccer has announced dates and locations for its new USYS National League Showcase Series.
Previously, it operated its National League as three or four national showcase events
for the boys and girls teams in six age groups apiece. Now, teams from National League conferences will be invited to participate in the new showcase series, eight events in all. There are currently
13 regional conferences. A limited number of other USYS and non-USYS teams will be accepted.
Winners of National League age groups earned passage to the USYS's top event, the National
Championships. Now, National League conference winners will play to earn spots in the 2021 National Championships.
U.S. Soccer’s recommendations for return to play in Phase 3
include no multiday youth tournaments that require overnight stays in different regions.
In an interview with the Aspen Institute's Project Play
Soccer's chief medical officer, Dr. George Chiampas
, said, "If for the next eight to 12 months this is what we have to do –- travel for a day and come back, with no multiday tournaments
so kids and parents don’t die -- I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to follow this.”
US Youth Soccer CEO Skip Gilbert
told Project Play the U.S. Soccer
recommendations are a “thoughtful, logical projection of return to play," but his organization is not taking the same position on traveling to overnight tournaments, citing different rates of
COVID-19 cases in different communities.
2020-21 USYS National League Showcase Series:
Oct. 23-25, 2020. Greensboro, NC,
14U Boys 14U Girls (Showcase).
Dec. 4-7, 2020. Wilson, NC, 15U, 16U, 18U 19U Girls (Showcase) 15U-16U Girls (Playoffs).
Dec. 11-13, 2020. Las Vegas, NV, 15U-19U Boys
Dec. 27-30, 2020. Tampa, FL, 14U Girls & 14U-16U Boys (Showcase) 14U Girls 14U-16U Boys (Playoffs).
Jan. 15-17, 2021. Lakewood Ranch, FL, 17U-19U Boys
(Showcase) 17U-19U Boys (Playoffs).
Feb. 19-21, 2021. Dallas, TX 15U-17U Girls (Showcase).
March 12-14, 2021. Greensboro, NC, 15U-19U Boys (Showcase).
2021. Irvine, CA, 17U-19U Girls (Showcase) 17U-19U Girls (Playoffs).