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Far West Regional soccer tournament returns to Boise

The Nova-Nationals U-19 girls squad was the first Idaho team to win a Far West Regional soccer title last season. The club made it to the national championship game before losing on penalty kicks.
The Nova-Nationals U-19 girls squad was the first Idaho team to win a Far West Regional soccer title last season. The club made it to the national championship game before losing on penalty kicks. kjones@idahostatesman.com

Idaho made history last year as the Treasure Valley’s two dominant youth soccer clubs — the Boise Nationals and FC Nova — combined forces to win the U-19 girls title at the Far West Regional tournament, the first regional championship in state history.

The two clubs won’t combine this season. But 16 teams from around the Valley start their own potential championship runs Monday as Boise’s Simplot Sports Complex hosts the tournament for the second straight year. Ten of Idaho’s 16 teams hail from the Boise Nationals.

Group play for boys and girls teams in the U-13 through U-19 age groups, which includes 215 clubs from 14 western states, runs through Wednesday before an off day Thursday. The knockout stages start Friday, and every tournament but one crowns its champion Sunday. The U-19 girls championship is Friday.

Winners advance to the national championship July 21-26 in Tulsa, Okla.

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