The two state members of the National Premier Leagues Midwest Developmental League, FC Wisconsin Nationals and the Madison 56ers, are enjoying strong seasons in the U.S. Club Soccer boys competition.
FC Wisconsin's Under-13, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 teams all lead their respective Independent Division standings and have clinched berths in next month's MDL playoffs in Loves Park, Ill. According to a club news release, FC Wisconsin is currently the only MDL club with four teams qualified for postseason play.
Each MDL age group is split into two divisions: The Academy Division includes only clubs who also have teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while the Independent Division is for clubs that are not USSDA members.
The winner of each division advances to the playoffs, along with the next two teams with the highest average points per game, regardless of division. The four playoff teams will meet in a round-robin competition June 11 to 13, and the MDL champion earns a spot in the NPL finals from July 14 to 18 in Aurora, Colo.
The 56ers have several teams in contention for playoff spots, too, as their Under-13 and Under-16 teams are second behind the Nationals and their Under-14 side is third in the standings heading into the final matches of the season.
One interesting note: The NPL already is using birth years for its rosters, ahead of the U.S. Soccer Federation mandate that goes into effect in fall 2017. The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association will implement the birth-year standard starting this fall.
|Under-13||1. FC Wisconsin Nationals (9-2-1)||2. Madison 56ers (8-2-2)|
|Under-14||1. FC Wisconsin Nationals (10-0-2)||3. Madison 56ers (6-5-1)|
|Under-15||4. FC Wisconsin Nationals (2-1-3)||6. Madison 56ers (1-3-0)|
|Under-16||1. FC Wisconsin Nationals (4-0-2)||2. Madison 56ers (2-0-2)|
|Under-18||1. FC Wisconsin Nationals (6-1-0)||5. Madison 56ers (1-3-1)|
Franklin's Todor Atlija and the FK Vozdovac 1997 team celebrate after clinching the league championship.
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