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United States Soccer Pyramid Explained

Since the United States does not have one league system, it can sometimes get a little muddled what the United States soccer competition pyramid actually looks like. The professional leagues are split up into three divisions. The most elite development leagues are shown below, to see the full picture click on United States – Country Page.

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USSF Division 1 - Professional Leagues

Leagues that are officially sanctioned by USSF as professional leagues. These leagues represent the highest level of competition in the growing United States soccer system.

Tier 1
Senior
domestic
Club
League

Top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. Three teams qualify to play in the CONCACAF Champions League.

USSF Division 2

Tier 2
Senior
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League

USSF Divison 3

Tier 3
Senior
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League
Tier 3
Senior
domestic
Club
League

Development Leagues

Tier 4
Development
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League
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Development
domestic
Club
Cup
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League
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Cup Competitions

Tier 1
Senior
domestic
Club
Cup

The oldest and most prestigious club cup competition in the United States. The winner of the cup qualifies for CONCACAF Champions League.

Tier 1
Senior
domestic
Club
League
Tier 2
Senior
domestic
Club
League
Tier 3
Senior
domestic
Club
League
Tier 3
Senior
domestic
Club
League

qualifies

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Cup

All professional teams automatically qualify for the cup and make up the bulk of the clubs that compete for this title.

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