Cal South E-News | May 2013 NEWS UPDATE
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California Regional League Announced
May 10, 2013 (Fullerton, CA) - Cal South, Cal North and US Youth Soccer Region IV announced today the formation of the California Regional League. The California Regional League is a division of the newly revamped Far West Regional League, which will now feature automatic qualification spots for the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships going forward.
The California Regional League will be one of three divisions in the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League. Cal South and Cal North will comprise the two state associations in the division. The other divisions will be Four Corners Division: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Southern Nevada; and the Northern Division: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, Alaska and Northern Nevada. The California Regional League will receive two qualification spots in the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships, while the Four Corners and Northern Divisions will receive one each.
Teams playing in the California Regional League will play the best clubs and teams within each age group in the state of California. With the focus now centered on high-level, localized league play and two in-state showcase events, team travel and costs will be significantly lower. The concentration of competitive teams in league and showcase play will also increase exposure to U.S. Soccer National Team staff, top college coaches, Region IV ODP staff, Cal North ODP staff and Cal South Pro+ scouts.
“We have been working on the concept of the California Regional league for some time now, with the involvement and input of Directors of Coaching from some of the top Cal North and Cal South clubs," said Cal South Board President John Mullen. "We have also had guidance and input from NCAA championship-winning college coaches to help us create this league, which will lower costs and reduce travel, while providing both top-level competition and maximum exposure for the players to college coaches, in addition to ODP and national coaching staffs. This is a great opportunity for the players, their parents, and the coaches who put so much effort into their teams."
Cal North Board Chairman Dr. Pete Zopfi was equally enthusiastic. “The history of youth soccer in Northern and Southern California is highlighted by the development of thousands of successful collegiate, national and professional male and female soccer players. Finally, the stars of the future will compete together in the California Regional League, as the best teams of Cal North and Cal South provide collegiate coaches, national coaches and professional scouts the opportunity to see the best players in the nation. No longer will significant financial challenges and excessive travel prohibit players from being discovered. Yes, dreams can come true!”
Invitations for clubs to participate in the California Regional League will be sent in late May. The first showcase and play-in competition will be hosted by Cal South in August. California Regional League play begins in September.
For more information on the California Regional League, visit www.californiaregionalleague.com.
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