National League P.R.O. Qualifiers
5.16.21 - Congrats to TFE '05 Girls for earning thier spot in the 2021-2022 National League P.R.O. Qualifiers through winning a share of the U16 National League Premier 1 Great Lakes Conference League Championship! Learn more about the qualifiers below.
FRISCO, Texas (April 5, 2021) — The list of automatic qualifying slots for the inaugural season of US Youth Soccer National League P.R.O. is now available, and several teams have already earned their place in the competition thanks to their on-field performance during the current seasonal year.
National League P.R.O. is a league competition for 14U-19U Boys and Girls teams that is national in scope and features 48 teams per age group. Within each age group, teams are placed into six groups of eight, with each side competing in seven games over the course of the season.
All automatic qualifying slots for National League P.R.O. come from the top-tier divisions of the 13 National League Conferences. The slots are evenly distributed across the country to allow for 12 Conference teams from each region of the country to generate the 48 teams in each gender age group.
For any open spots that are not automatically filled, an application process will be available for interested teams. Team selections for open slots will be made with the goal of maintaining a geographic balance that will allow for the local matches to take place within each National League P.R.O. bracket.
For any Conference that is unable to hold competition during the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Conference’s automatic qualifying slots are marked as open — to be filled by teams from within that Conference through the application process rather than Conference standings.
The application period for the 2021-22 season of National League P.R.O. will open around mid-April and close around mid-June. The National League management group will accept automatic Conference qualifiers and evaluate applicants for open slots. Teams that fill open slots will be accepted and announced around mid-July.
Through their performance in their respective National League Conferences, 80 teams have already earned their place for the 2021-22 season of National League P.R.O. as automatic qualifiers.
National League P.R.O. will comprise the national tier of the National League, along with the National League Showcase Series. National League P.R.O. provides teams in the 14U-19U Boys and Girls age groups with the chance to play some of the top competition in the country while competing for berths to the USYS National Championships. For each gender, 12 teams per age group will advance to the National Championships from National League P.R.O.
The National League Conferences continue to offer the primary league competition for the majority of teams, while having increased connectivity to National League P.R.O. through the qualification pathways and local games.
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