LIJSL Inaugural Member Of Direct Path To Regional Championships


The Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) is one of four youth soccer organizations that will compete for a direct pathway into the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships via the newly formed US Youth Soccer League Championship.

The League Championship will commence with a semifinal and final playoff that will be held over one weekend in June of each year. In 2020, the League Championship Playoff will be hosted by the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA), CCL and NCSL on June 13-14, 2020, at the Publix Virginia Soccer Training Center (PVSTC) in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Annually, the playoff location will look to be rotated annually in one of the four geographic regions selected by US Youth Soccer: Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts or New York.

Qualification to advance to the Eastern Regional Championships from the League Championship will require teams to participate in league play as well as their state association’s National Championship Series State Cup competition.

In addition to Long Island Junior, the three other leagues selected are Club Champions League (CCL), National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) and Northeast Soccer League (NSL). CCL includes teams from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. NCSL includes teams from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. NSL features teams from across New England.

Steve Padaetz, director of Member Services for LIJSL, said, “We are extremely excited to join like-minded partners such as CCL, NCSL and NSL as a founding league of the League Championship program. The increased opportunities that the League Championship will provide to the top teams of our member clubs is very important to supporting our league’s short- and long-term objectives and goals.”

Dr. Greg Smith, East Region General Manager for US Youth Soccer, said the League Championship program creates an additional pathway into the Eastern Regional Championships while strengthening relationships with leagues and maintaining the structural integrity of existing programs, competitions and events offered by US Youth Soccer. 

“The leagues that have been chosen to participate represent some of the very best, and there is a high level of excitement as the first season of this initiative begins and we look to further grow and improve together moving forward,” he added.