US Youth Soccer National Championship Trophies


Teams from Cal South have won 47 US Youth Soccer National Championship titles since the Mission Viejo Soccerettes and Fram-Culver first won the GU16 and BU19 titles respectively in 1986. Since 2001, when the U14 and U15 brackets were added, Cal South has won 31 National Championship trophies, 13 more than the next nearest state association over that span.

BOYS UNDER 19 - The James P. McGuire Cup

The James P. McGuire Cup was first given out in 1935, and is the oldest youth soccer trophy in America. Originally known as the United States Soccer Federation National Junior Challenge Cup, the competition was renamed the James P. McGuire Junior Champion Cup in 1975, after the late United States Soccer Federation President.

Cal South teams have won four McGuire Cups to date.

1986 Fram-Culver
1989 La Jolla Nomads
1991 North Huntington Beach FC Black
1999 La Jolla Nomads


GIRLS UNDER 19 - The Ross Stewart Cup

The Ross Stewart Cup was originally established in 1980 as the Athena Cup, and renamed in 1994. Ross Stewart was a tireless ambassador for US Youth Soccer and an early driving force for girls soccer in North Texas. He served on many US Youth Soccer committees, including as Chairman of the National Youth Challenge Committee. Stewart served on the board of the North Texas State Soccer Association as Youth Commissioner and President.

Cal South teams have won three Stewart Cups to date.

1996 North Huntington Beach FC
1998 Mission Viejo Shamrocks
2002 San Diego Surf White


BOYS UNDER 18 - The Andy Stone Cup

The Boys Under 18 competition was established in 1994, and was renamed the Andy Stone Cup in 1997. Stone served as a US Youth Soccer volunteer for 19 years, beginning in 1978 as a coach for a recreational team. He also served as a referee, president of Mississippi Youth Soccer Association, Region III Director, and on the U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors.

To date, this is the only one of the twelve US Youth Soccer National Championship trophies that a team from Cal South has not captured.


GIRLS UNDER 18 - The Frank Kelly Cup

The Frank Kelly Cup was established in 1994, which is also the same year Kelly was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Kelly played for Bohemians FC in the League of Ireland from 1945 to 1948. He eventually moved to America and became involved in youth soccer, serving as a VP for the New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association, and on the US Youth Soccer Executive Board and the U.S. Board of Directors.

Cal South teams have won three Kelly Cups to date.

Fountain Valley Spirit
Laguna Hills Eclipse
Laguna Hills Eclipse Select


BOYS UNDER 17 - The Don Greer Cup

The Under 17 Boys National Championship was established in 1991 and named in 1993. Don Greer was the founder of United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) and served as its first Chairman from 1974-1984. He also served as USSF Vice President (1972-84). Greer founded the California Youth Soccer Association and served as President from 1968 to 1975. He was inducted into the California Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1975, the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1985, and received the US Youth Soccer Founder's Award in 1992.

Six Cal South teams have captured the Don Greer Cup to date.

Alta Loma Arsenal
California Flyers
2002 Irvine SC Strikers
2006 Arsenal FC
2009 CZ Elite


GIRLS UNDER 17 - The Laura Moynihan Cup

The US Youth Soccer Under-17 Girls National Championship was established in 1991. It was renamed in 1998 for Laura Moynihan, who was one of the founders and leaders of girls' soccer within the state of Wisconsin, Region II (Midwest), and US Youth Soccer. A tremendously successful youth soccer coach, Laura also served as head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cal South teams have won four Moynihan Cups to date.

San Diego Surf
So Cal United
Eagles SC
2010 So Cal Blues


BOYS UNDER 16 - The Larry Harmon Cup

The Boys Under 16 National Championship was originally named the Dimitrious "Jimmie" Niotis Cup (D.J. Niotis Cup) in 1976 after the former president of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Youth Division (now US Youth Soccer). The trophy was officially renamed the Larry Harmon Cup in 2008 to recognize the former member-at-large of the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors (2000-2007) and state association president (Indiana, 1993-2000).

Cal South teams have won six Niotis/Harmon Cups to date.

North Huntington Beach FC Black
Nomads SC
So Cal United
2005 Arsenal FC
2007 Real So Cal
2010 Slammers FC


GIRLS UNDER 16 - The Mavis Derflinger Cup

The Under 16 Girls National Championship was established in 1985, and was originally named the Patricia Louise Masotto Cup after a player who had died tragically young. In 2009, the award was renamed the US Youth Soccer Cup, and then renamed again in 2010 as the Mavis Derflinger Cup. Derflinger is a member of the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame who served as president of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (1979-1981), as US Youth Soccer Region I Director (1981-1986), and became the first female board member of the USSF. In 1986, she was elected as chairwoman of US Youth Soccer, which put her on the USSF Executive Committee. She served as chairwoman through 1990.

Cal South teams have won six GU16 titles in total, including four since 2000.

Mission Viejo Soccerettes
1991 Mission Viejo Herricanes
2000 So Cal Blues
2002 West Valley Samba
2003 San Diego Surf
2005 Slammers FC


BOYS UNDER 15 - The US Youth Soccer Cup

The Under-15 Boys championship was added in 2001, and the championship trophy was simply known as a "National Cup." The trophy then became known as the adidas Cup until 2010, when it was renamed the US Youth Soccer Cup.

Cal South teams have won a pair of BU15 trophies to date.

2004 Arsenal FC
2006 So Cal United


GIRLS UNDER 15 - The Kristine Lilly Cup

At the 2003 US Youth Soccer National Championships, US Youth Soccer honored U.S. Women's National Team veteran, Kristine Lilly, by placing her name on the Under-15 Girls trophy, which was established in 2011. Lilly became the first player in history (male or female) to appear in 250 career international games, and retired in 2011 with 352 caps, the United States' and world's all-time leader in international appearances. Lilly has won NCAA titles, Olympic medals (Gold in '96), and World Cups (1991, 1999), and is both the youngest and oldest player to score a goal for the U.S and the only woman to play in five FIFA World Cups. As a youth player, Lilly was a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program at the state (Connecticut) and regional level prior to becoming the only player in U.S. National Team history to play in four different decades.

Cal South teams have captured three Lilly Cups to date.

Laguna Hills Eclipse
So Cal Blues
San Diego Surf


BOYS UNDER 14 - The William J. "Billy" Goaziou Cup

Recognizing the benefits younger players receive from experiencing top-level competition and the demand created for more opportunities, the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors voted to add the Under-14 age group to the 2001 US Youth Soccer National Championships. With the addition of the Under-14s, such players as U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team forward, Freddy Adu, who's team won the first US Youth Soccer Under-14 Boys National Cup, are given the opportunity to showcase their talent at the national level. In 2006, the Under-14 Boys Cup was renamed in honor of William J. "Billy" Goaziou, a former treasurer of the United States Soccer Federation.

La Jolla Nomads
Celtic Harps
So Cal United
2006 Valley United Blast
2009 West Coast FC
2011 Fullerton Rangers White


GIRLS UNDER 14 - The Elmer Ehlers Cup

At the 2002 US Youth Soccer National Championships, US Youth Soccer renamed its Under-14 Girls National Championship trophy, first presented at the 2001 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Lawrence, Ind., to honor longtime youth soccer administrator Elmer Ehlers. He served 10 years as a Regional Director on US Youth Soccer's Board of Directors (1984-94), and was a lifetime member of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Ehlers served as a commissioner with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, and he is a member of the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame.

Cal South teams won 5 consecutive Ehlers Cups from 2002-2006, including two years in a row by Slammers FC.

Slammers FC
2003 Slammers FC
2004 Eagles SC
2005 So Cal Blues
2006 Irvine SC Strikers