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OYSA Leagues — A Quick Overview

Fall is the busiest time for youth soccer in Oregon. The summer tournaments are over, the rec kids are playing and the fall competitive leagues (plural, these days) are off and running.

OYSA is doing things a bit differently this Fall Season. Our statewide Premier League is much like it has always been, with teams earning the ability to call themselves premier gold or silver through a qualifying tournament. We didn't have the number of teams as we have had in past years, but we have some great clubs and teams participating and there is little doubt the quality of the competition will be excellent.

One of the new offerings this year for OYSA teams is the availability of US Youth Soccer Region IV Far West Regional League/Northwest Division for U13 to U14 boys and girls. The strongest and most competitive OYSA teams can play against elite teams from Idaho, Eastern Washington and Northern Utah. Some games will be in Oregon and we are working around the FWRL schedule so our premier teams can participate in both leagues.

The Portland Metro League (PML) is new this year as well — new in the sense that all U11 to U14 classic teams are playing regionally, instead of statewide. The league was formed without the benefit of a qualifying tournament, so there is a savings on the cost of the Classic Qualifying Tournament as well as travel. The other new feature of this league is that it is a collaborative with Washington State Youth Soccer, and about 65 of the 120 teams in this league are from the greater Vancouver area.

Plans for the Winter League are still being finalized, but at this time it seems unlikely that there will be enough high school-aged OYSA teams to form a viable statewide, or even regional Winter League. We plan on providing two to three "mini-leagues" that are venue-based and open to high school-aged OYSA teams that want to qualify for State Cup and the National Championship Series. Each event will be at least three games and teams can play in one, two or all three events, any one of which would qualify a team for State Cup.

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