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Idaho youth soccer teams begin play at Far West Regionals on Monday

FC Nova won the U-15 girls State Cup championship 1-0 on penalty kicks against Indie Chicas FC on May 29.
FC Nova won the U-15 girls State Cup championship 1-0 on penalty kicks against Indie Chicas FC on May 29. kjones@idahostatesman.com

Idaho youth soccer teams begin group play for the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region IV (West) Championships on Monday.

The Far West tournament runs through Sunday at the 60 Acres Soccer Complex in Redmond, Wash., and features teams from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Group play begins Monday and continues through Wednesday. Following a day of rest Thursday, quarterfinal matches will be played Friday. Semifinals are set for Saturday, and champions are crowned Sunday.

Far West winners earn a berth to the 2017 US Youth Soccer National Championships, July 24-30, at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas.

Idaho teams qualified for Far West by winning state titles last month.

Only one Idaho team has won a Far West title. The Nova Nationals U-19 girls, a team comprised of players from FC Nova and the Boise Nationals, finished as the national runner-up in 2015.

The Boise Nationals U-15 girls reached nationals as a wild card in 2013, going 1-2-0 before being eliminated in group play.

Below is a list of openers for Idaho teams at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Far West Championships (all times Mountain):

BOYS

U-13: Idaho Rush Premier vs. Legends FC B04 (S. Calif.), noon June 19

U-14: Idaho Rush Premier vs. Seattle United 03 Copa (Wash.), 4:30 p.m. June 19

U-15: Boise Nationals Timbers 2002 Blue vs. Excel Soccer Academy 02 (Ariz.), 11 a.m. June 19

U-16: Boise Nationals Timbers 2001 Blue vs. SC del Sol 01 Boys, 5 p.m. June 19

U-17: Boise Nationals Timbers 2000 Blue vs. FC Portland 00B Navy (Ore.), 5 p.m. June 19

U-18: Boise Nationals Timbers 1999 Blue vs. Santa Clara Sporting 99B Green (N. Calif.), 11 a.m. June 19

U-19/20: Idaho Rush Premier vs. CCV 98 Boys (Ariz.), 9 a.m. June 19

GIRLS

U-13: Idaho Rush Premier vs. CCV 04 Girls (Ariz.), 10:30 a.m. June 19

U-14: Idaho Rush Premier vs. New Mexico Sting Elite 03, 3 p.m. June 19

U-15: FC Nova Elite 02 vs. Rio Rapids SC 02 (N.M.), 3 p.m. June 19

U-16: FC Nova Elite 01 vs. New Mexico Rush 01, 9 a.m. June 19

U-17: Sting Timbers FC 00G vs. Washington Rush, 11 a.m. June 19

U-18: Boise Nationals Timbers 99 Blue vs. La Roca Premier PO (Utah), 3 p.m. June 19

U-19/20: FC Nova Elite 97/98 vs. LA Galaxy South Bay Elite 98 (S. Calif.), 3 p.m. June 19

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @IDS_VarsityX

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