Champions League News and Notes
Region I Champions League Playoffs Set
Region I Champions League Final Standings
Region I Champions League Playoff Schedule, Revised Semi-Finals Schedule as of 5/6/16,
Region I Champions League Playoff Semi-Finals Results
Region I Champions League Playoff Schedule, Finals Schedule
Region I Champions League Playoff Finals Results
Region I Champions League Field Maps
Frisco, Texas (May 4, 2016) - The 2016 Region I Champions League Playoffs take place May 7-8 at the Kirkwood Soccer Complex in Kirkwood, Del., starting at 8 a.m.. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday with the finals and third place games on Sunday. The slate of games for Saturday feature U13-U18 boys and girls in action with a total of 22 games.
This year’s field features 44 teams from 10 of Region I’s 15 State Associations. Eastern PA has the most teams competing with 10 teams from seven different clubs. The other State Associations with teams advancing to this highly competitive two-day tourney are Delaware, Eastern New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York West, PA West Soccer, Vermont, and Virginia.
Five champions from 2015 return to this year’s field with South Shore Select U14 Girls, Century V U15 Girls, Beadling U17 Girls, NJ Stallions U18 Girls, and Baltimore Celtic U18 Boys and looking to repeat.
Beadling Soccer Club (PAW) has the most teams in the competition with three teams (U16-U18 Girls). Multiple clubs have two teams seeking the Champions League crown; the clubs are BRYC (VA), HBC Impact (ENY), HBC Impact (ENY), Lehigh Valley United (EPA), NJ Stallions (NJ), North United (PAW), Penn Fusion (EPA), South Shore Select (MA), Syracuse Development Academy (WNY), and WNY Flash (WNY).
The Region I Champions League provides an opportunity for the most competitive teams in the region to play each other on a scheduled basis while also competing for placement in the prestigious US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, as well as the highly-competitive US Youth Soccer National League. Region I Champions League play offers college coaches a chance to see the top players in the region compete in meaningful games on a consistent basis with berths to the Regional Championships and National League on the line.
The Region I Championships feature top teams in the Under-12 through Under-19 age groups and begin Thursday, June 30, with opening ceremonies at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W. Va. Preliminary games will be held July 1-3 with semifinals and finals July 4-5. Games will be played at Barboursville soccer Complex, Scott Orthopedic Soccer Complex and the Soccer Stadium at Marshall University.
Regional winners of the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups earn a berth to the 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 25-31, at Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. One of the 14 national crowns awarded is the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports, dating back to 1935 with the inaugural youth championships.
The National Championships, along with each of the four Regional championships, offer teams with additional opportunities for development and exposure to college coaches as they compete among the nation’s best. A majority of players who compete in US Youth Soccer National Championships Series events go on to play at the next level, and many selections in the MLS and NWSL Drafts have competed in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series during their youth careers.
Wild Card Determination
Recognizing there are age groups with an odd number of leagues and in those leagues an odd number of teams. The Champions League commission realizes the wild card selection criteria outlined in the rules will not work in some age groups.
In age groups with three Elite Division Leagues and each of those leagues have disparate numbers the commission has determined the following equation will be used to rank the 2nd place teams to determine the wild card.
The total earned competition points (3 for win, 1 for tie) will be added with the goal difference (four goal max per game) and divided by the number of games played.
Three leagues…one with 4 teams…one with 8 teams…and one with 7 teams
2 – 1 – 0 6 points +5 GD equals 11 divided by 3…ranking points 3.67
4 – 2 – 1 13 points +6 GD equals 19 divided by 7…ranking points 2.71
5 – 1 – 0 15 points +10 GD equals 25 divided by 6…ranking points 4.16
Team with 4.16 ranking points is the wildcard.
While the top four teams advance to the playoffs, the top six are eligible to advance to Regionals as the Champions League representative. For example, if the four playoff teams all win their state championship the fifth place team would be given the opportunity to go to Regionals. If that team is also a state champ then the sixth place team receives the invitation.
The Attachment Below Addresses the Changes to Age Groups in the Champions League Under the USSF Age Group Changes
Age Group Changes
The 2016 Playoff Schedule
Website for Hotel Accommodations in Delaware
Link to the Champions League Finals Housing Website through A and B Travel
New this year for the Region I Championships…
“2016 Champions League playoff teams (top 4) who also claim their 2015-2016 state championship will be seeded for group play. For instance, if all four CL playoff teams also claim their state titles they will be seeded into four different groups or if only two CL playoff teams are also state champs then they will be seeded while the other two playoff teams will be subject to the tournament’s blind draw.”
In most of age groups we had at least two playoff teams also earn a state title and in the U17 Girls the top six teams were also state champions. This rule change will help balance the tournament field.
Once your schedule is set you should not need to postpone games, except for weather. However, from time to time a situation will arise that requires postponing a game. Except for weather and emergent situations (issues like last minute facility availability issue or state of emergency declaration), all postponements must include the agreed upon date, time, and location of the rescheduled game.
If a request for a postponement doesn’t include the reschedule information it will not be granted. Per league rules, these requests must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the game.
Champions League will be forwarding patches to all teams for each player to put on his/her primary jersey. We will notify each team’s primary contact when they have been shipped.
Good luck this season!