The Michigan Wolves have teams that play in the top leagues within US Youth Soccer. These include:
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U and 19U boys and girls age groups. The 14U through 18U divisions consist of up to 32 teams per gender age group, while the 19U age group features up to 16 teams for each gender. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country as each team must earn their place in the league.
National League - Midwest Conference
The US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference is one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program in the Multi-State Tier. The Midwest Conference consists of teams primarily from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. The top teams in the Conference will earn advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, as well as a chance to earn a coveted spot in the National Tier of the Leagues Program, the US Youth Soccer National League.
USYSA’s is the largest youth soccer organization in the US and have multiple divisions within each of their leagues. Having multiple leagues allows promotion and relegation.
Within the National League this enables teams to move up divisions and allows top teams within the division the opportunity to qualify for USYSA Regionals and Nationals.
Additionally promotion and relegation allows for a more even level of competition within each league, which leads to more meaningful games.
Each team trains twice per week during the fall (U13, U14 & U15 Trapped Players), winter and spring seasons. Additional training includes street soccer on Friday evenings and functional training, which is held twice per month in the spring.
Video analysis - Games are recorded on a periodical basis and coaches host video analysis sessions in our team room at the St. Joes Sports Dome. Games and individual performance can thereby be used as a tool for development.
Winter Futsal League - Players from various age groups are intermixed and placed on teams for weekly futsal competition in December and January. The league builds the players’ technical proficiency, enhances the club community, and breeds healthy competition.
The Michigan Wolves has arguably the best staff in the region. All our staff are licensed through US Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches organizations. For more information please check out the TEAMS page and COACHES bios.
For those players interested in continuing their playing career in college, we take an active role in helping young men and their families engage in the college search process. In addition to regular meetings and an annual Wolves College Night, we host a variety of events as well as attend tournaments around the nation. These include:
- Wolves and Legacy Showcase at Legacy (December)
- Novi Jaguars Showcase (January)
- Las Vegas (February)
- Michigan Wolves (March)
- Ohio Elite - Cincinnati (March)or Crossroads- Indianapolis (April)
- State Cup
For more specific information on which events are planned for your team please refer to the team plans.
Due to teams qualifying for the National League and Midwest Conference, the names of the clubs can change on a year to year basis. However, promotion and relegation means that our teams will be competing against the best US Youth Soccer teams within the Midwest Conference and Nationally.
Within MSPSP teams are accepted from around the state. Travel can vary and is dependent on the division each team is placed.
For more information please refer to the teams page of the specific age group and team you are interested in.
Yes, the Michigan Wolves provides training opportunities for players who are not involved in high school soccer.
The Wolves have arguably the best facilities in the state. Our teams primarily utilize the St. Joe’s Sports Dome and the lighted outdoor stadium field at Schoolcraft College.
High performing players within their own teams will be given opportunities to train and play with different teams within their own age group (Academy, ECNL, National League) or the age group above. These decisions will be made in collaboration between the players head coach, the head coach of the proposed team and the age group director. This decision will only be made if it is in the best interests of the players development.
2019 MICHIGAN STATE & REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
TEAMS & COACHES
U16 Team - NL Midwest Conference - Dennis Darnoi
U17 Team - NL Midwest Conference - Ken Shingledecker
U19 Team - NL Midwest Conference - Ken Shingledecker