US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the schedule for the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships to be played June 22-26 at James W. Cownie Sports Complex in Des Moines, Iowa.
The US Youth Soccer Region II Championships, which will feature top Boys and Girls teams in the Under-13 through Under-19 age groups, kickoff with round robin games Saturday, June 22, through Monday, June 24. Semifinal matches take place on Tuesday, June 25, and the US Youth Soccer Region II Champions will be crowned following final games on Wednesday, June 26.
US Youth Soccer State Cup champions and select runners-up from 14 State Associations in Region II, including host Iowa Soccer Association, will participate. The other State Associations represented are Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio North, Ohio South, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Teams competing in the Regional Championships advanced through the first step of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, where more than 10,000 teams began their journey at the US Youth Soccer State Championships. State champions advance to the one of four US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, where 926 teams compete.
The 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country's oldest and most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The event provides more than 185,000 players from US Youth Soccer's 55 state associations the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation, while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The Series is known as the ultimate destination for the country's collegiate soccer coaches and the future of soccer.