The MIDWEST REGIONAL LEAGUE (MRL) mission is to provide the highest standard of competitive play for youth teams in US Youth Soccer Region II (the Midwest Region) and to assure the continued growth and development of elite level players. Very simply we are here for the BEST TEAMS…BEST PLAYERS…BEST COMPETITION. The MRL features competition in five Age Groups (U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18) for both Boys and Girls. Two seasons are offered – Fall and Spring. Based on the number of teams in an Age Group, Premier and First Divisions are offered. Teams earn spots in the Premier Division by qualifying through their play in MRL competition. Within the Premier and First Division, sub-divisions may also be formed. A promotion and relegation system has been adopted ensuring that success on the field results in teams participating at the highest levels of the MRL. Teams in the Premier Divisions compete for the two Wild Card slots that are available in each age group. Each year, more than 100 MRL teams participate in the Region II Championships as either state cup champs or MRL wild card entries.
The winner of the TSSA D1 State Championship may advance to the Region III Southern Regionals as the TN State Champion Representative. (Southern Regionals 2013 will be held at Edmond Soccer Club Soccer Park in Edmond, OK June 20-27, 2013).
U12 and older state, regional, and national rankings (based on level of tournaments and teams played), tournament rankings, and soccer club information (team rankings and websites).
Rankings on U12 and older teams, clubs, high school teams, and college teams.
Information on state and regional premier leagues, state championships, ODP (Olympic Development), tournaments, soccer programs (ex. coaching education, referee information, etc.), and other information.
1. PHILOSOPHY: US Youth Soccer - To identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis; this will lead to increased success for the US National Teams in the international arena. Tennessee Soccer - Player Development has shifted to the clubs, with ODP acting as a supplement, giving elite players opportunities to play against the best and to provide them exposure at the regional, national, and international levels. 2. OBJECTIVE/GOALS: In 1977, the Olympic Development Program was introduced to identify a pool of players, from which a National Team would be selected. This would begin at the state level, advancing regionally, and finally to the national level. Tennessee Soccer seeks a process to identify and train the best players, so they may qualify for Tennessee Soccer, Region III, and US National Team Programs. Tennessee Soccer seeks to enhance the development of each player, guided by high level licensed coaches. It is our goal to give exposure to each player, and to assist him/her in obtaining college scholarship opportunities. 3. THE PROGRAM - In Tennessee, there are three phases of the selection process: STATE TRIAL, STATE POOL, STATE TEAM. The oldest age group (1996), and youngest age group (2000) vary slightly in structure from the other three age groups. Details for each of the age groups are noted below. 1998 & 1999: For these age groups, there will be an open STATE TRIAL for any player. The players selected from the try-out will enter the STATE POOL. Players on the State Team the year prior will be allowed a pass and go directly into the STATE POOL. STATE POOLS will continue to train and play in various events. A STATE TEAM will be ultimately selected from the pools end of January. The STATE TEAM will continue to train/compete and represent Tennessee at Region III Camp in July.
Information on: US Youth Soccer Programs, National Championship Series, National League, ODP (Olympic Development), Presidents Cup, Soccer Across America, and other programs.
What is US Youth Soccer: Welcome to US Youth Soccer The Game for All Kids!® At US Youth Soccer we provide a fun, safe and healthy game for ALL KIDS...big kids, little kids, tall kids, short kids, young kids, older kids...kids who want to play for one season, kids who want to play for twenty seasons, kids who play strictly for fun, and kids who want to compete at the highest level possible. Kids are different, and because they are different their physical, social and psychological needs are different. We at US YOUTH SOCCER recognize this and our programs are aimed at meeting the different needs of ALL KIDS.
US Youth Soccer...The Game For ALL Kids!® US Youth Soccer provides a healthy activity through its recreational and small sided games programs. These programs emphasize FUN, and de-emphasize winning at all costs. Every child is guaranteed playing time and the game is taught in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. For the player with advanced skills and greater ambition, highly competitive leagues are offered. This player might have his or her sights set on a college soccer scholarship or playing for the U. S. Olympic or National teams. US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer is a nationwide body of over 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and over 300,000 dedicated coaches, most of who also are volunteers. US Youth Soccer registers over 3,000,000 youth players between the ages of five and nineteen. US Youth Soccer is made up of 55 member State Associations; one in each state, and two in California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. US Youth Soccer is non-profit and educational organization whose mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition. Our job is also to make it fun, and instill in young players a lifelong passion for the sport.
Information on: Regional Premier League, Presidents Cup, Regional Championships, TOPSoccer, ODP (Olympic Development), and other programs.
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States. Currently a National Association member, US Club Soccer has been a member in good standing of the U.S. Soccer Federation since 2001. A nine-member Board of Directors, all of whom must be experienced coaches in member soccer clubs, make policy decisions for the organization.
Among the guiding principles of US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision:
US Club Soccer’s local and national programs have all been developed with strong input from clubs around the country and with a minimum of rules and restrictions. The latest of these programs are the National Premier Leagues (NPL), which are being created throughout the country to provide the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth landscape based upon US Club Soccer’s fundamental principles. These leagues extend developmental principals espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development. With the recent addition of US Club Soccer’s National Adult Leagues platform aimed at expanding adult soccer at all levels of play, clubs are able to unite youth and adult programs seamlessly under one organizational umbrella. This follows the successful world model of full integration at all ages and allows for the creation of a “members for life” culture within each club.
A sampling of US Club Soccer programs include:
US Club Soccer is founded on the belief that soccer clubs, which are in the business of elite player development, need an organization of their own to foster growth, address concerns, and sanction and provide programs with a minimum of rules and restrictions. While the core membership is competitive clubs, US Club Soccer also sanctions training academies, travel leagues, recreational leagues and club in-house programs. Players and staff pay an annual registration fee. There are no other administrative or sanctioning fees.
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) is a national youth soccer league founded in 2009 for U-15 through U-18 girls’ teams for the purpose of providing the highest level of competition and the best developmental environment for American female youth soccer players, as well as an identification and development program, which will seek to include players in US Soccer’s National Teams.
Information on the US Women's National Team (player pool, roster, schedule & results, lineups, and stats), news, tournaments, youth national teams, Development Academy, and other programs.
Belmont University Lady Bruins' soccer team website (schedule, roster, stats, news, and camps).
Lee University Lady Flames' soccer team website (schedules, roster, stats, news, and camps).
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Lady Blue Raiders' soccer team website (schedules, roster, stats, news, and camps).
Trevecca Nazarene University Lady Trojans' soccer team website (schedules, roster, stats, news, and camps).