FUEL Soccer Talk for 12/24: US Youth Soccer National League, Richarlison meets Number 1 Fan Dominic through Blue Crimbo wish, Father Christmas Cup

Happy Christmas Eve! We hope these articles bring a smile to your face and that you enjoy time with family and friends during this holiday season.

1. US Youth Soccer: What is National League? (Soccer Nation)

All the clubs in the country can be confusing and even overlap. This great article by Soccer Nation explains US Youth Soccer’s National League

“USYS has a broader reach, fielding leagues ranging from recreational to highly competitive.”

Teams can both apply or qualify to be part of National League, which is meant to bring together the top competitive U14-U19 teams.

“Usually teams have to get to the US Youth Soccer National Championships by winning their region’s National Cup then Regionals. The teams that win National League get direct tickets straight to the USYS National Championships.”

Teams playing in the National League are playing for their chance to win the National Championships.

What do you think of US Youth Soccer’s system?

2. Richarlison meets Number 1 Fan Dominic through Blue Crimbo wish

This young fan, Dominic, has gone through some tough times. His brother, Kieran has autism and has to be watched carefully so he must be under the eye of his caring facility, thus they cannot see one another very often. They both also lost their grandfather earlier this year. Dominic’s father nominated him for the Blue Crimbo wish, and Dominic was able to meet his hero, Richarlison, who gave Dominic a haircut to match his own. On top of this, Dominic and his whole family were given a free trip to Disneyland Paris! Enjoy the heartwarming video below.

3. 2018 Father Christmas Cup (FX Cup)

The Father Christmas Cup is an annual fundraising event held every December to benefit families who have suffered the loss of a parent. This year, the event took place December 15th to great results.

“The Atlanta Silverbacks organization has been a long time sponsor of the event, generously donating field space to host both a youth and adult soccer tournament.”

In the past, this event mostly included older male players, but this year there were both a youth tournament and a ladies competition.

“Atlanta United continue their support and are the primary shirt sponsors, with their logo on the front of the shirt.”

They asked for donations from the attendees as well as people who could not attend through online payments or even mail in donations. We applaud this event and all they do for families. This is truly a wonderful day that we hope can continue for a long time.

Let us know about any events like this in your area?