No Idaho youth soccer team has ever won a Far West Regional League title.
The Boise Nationals Timbers U-13 boys won the Northwest Division of the Far West League on Nov. 12, earning themselves an automatic berth into the U.S Youth Soccer Far West Regional Tournament in June in Hawaii.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for an Idaho team,” Boise Nationals coach Matt Billings said in a release. “Competing, consistently, with this level of competition is an immense task and unfortunately an environment that cannot be replicated in Idaho.
“So to be given the opportunity to match ourselves with the Pacific Northwest’s best players, and win, speaks volumes towards the gifts this team possesses. All the credit goes to them.”
The Boise Nationals qualified for the Far West Regional League after winning an Idaho State Cup title last summer. They went 3-1-0 in their division over four weekends in October and November in Seattle, outscoring their opponents 13-9.
The division title also guarantees the team an automatic berth into the 16-team U.S. Youth Soccer National League next year. Only one other Idaho team, a Boise Nationals girls team, ever has qualified for the national league.
“It’ll create a lot of exposure playing in the national league they wouldn’t get because they’re playing against the top teams in the nation in a league structure, not just a single, one-off tournament,” Idaho Youth Soccer Association President Bill Taylor said.