NMYSA to host 2010 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships
For the first time since 2001, the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and the State Farm Soccer Complex (SFSC) will combine forces to host the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in 2010. This highly prestigious and competitive tournament, billed by many as the premier youth soccer competition in the nation, will be played on the 22-field SFSC for the fourth time in 16 years. Over 250 teams from the 14 western state associations that comprise US Youth Soccer’s Region IV will visit Albuquerque and Bernalillo for seven days of intense competition June 21-27, 2010.
The US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships are the second stop in US Youth Soccer’s National Championship Series, with state association State Cup competitions being the first. State Cup winners from U12 to U19 advance to the FWR. Winners in each FWR bracket, U14 to U19, advance to the National Championships. Winners of the Far West Regional Championships have been highly successful at Nationals, winning a disproportionately large share of national championships for many years.
The last time New Mexico hosted Regionals was in 2001, and that was the only year that New Mexico won two FWR championships. Rio Vista Elite and Classic FC Bandidos both advanced to Nationals from the Albuquerque Regional that year. In addition, AUFC 89 Girls played in the Regional championship game, but lost. By 2010, no New Mexico player will have played in Regional competition in New Mexico. In fact, the 2001 AUFC 89 Girls competed for the last time in Hawaii in June 2008 as U19s.
The US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships have been held in Hawaii, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boise, and Spokane in the last six years. They were held in Lancaster, California in 2009. New Mexico has hosted FWR more times than any other state association, thanks in large part the far-sightedness of the founders of the SFSC, known in the 90’s as the New Mexico Soccer Tournament Complex. The complex was the largest soccer venue west of the Mississippi River for several years, and was a very convenient and high-quality place to host FWR in the late 90’s. Since that time, several other high-quality complexes have been built in the west, and the competition to host FWR has become very intense. NMYSA beat out Idaho Youth Soccer and the Simplot Complex in Boise for the right to host in 2010.
This will be a unique opportunity to view very high quality soccer over a period of seven days. We will need a large number of volunteers to make this tournament a success. If you can help us, or want to get involved in the preparation, please let us know in the state office. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the FWR 2010, contact the NMYSA State Office at 505-830-2245.