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Massachusetts to host 2009 national youth championships

Posted by David Beard, Globe Staff  August 4, 2008 03:12 PM

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The US Youth Soccer National Championships will be hosted next year in Lancaster, Mass., US Youth Soccer has announced.

It will be the first time in more than a decade that the national championship -- with 60 of the top under-14 through under-19 teams -- will be in New England.

The event will be held the event at the Citizens Bank Fields at Progin Park on July 21-26 with Mass Youth Soccer as the local host, according a news release yesterday.

The US Youth Soccer National Championships Series provides over 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.

Among those competing: The champions in the Under-14 through Under-19 age brackets from each of four regional events and the US Youth Soccer National League. The National League consists of teams in the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 age groups, boys and girls, during the 2008-2009 seasonal year, and the top two teams from each of the gender age groups will automatically advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

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