STA Morris United captured the New Jersey Boys U-17 State Cup crown. (Photo courtesy of New Jersey Youth Soccer)

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. ― The New Jersey Youth Soccer Presidents Cup champions and National Championship Series winners were crowned this past Sunday, as the statewide competitions were decided from the Under-15 to U-18 range in both the boys and girls divisions.

Winners from both competitions will now advance to represent New Jersey in regional competition against other state champions.

“On behalf of everyone at New Jersey Youth Soccer, we would like to congratulate all of the teams that competed over the weekend,” NJ Youth Soccer games commissioner Buddy Hart said. “These athletes have clearly put in an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to reach this level, and that was evidenced by the high caliber of play we saw on the field. We know that each of our winners will represent the state of New Jersey exceptionally well as they advance to regional competition.”

The U.S. Youth Soccer’s Presidents Cup is a national tournament that is designed to create a high-level competition for teams that are looking to play against teams of similar abilities, where those teams that advance will play for a regional or possibly a national title.

The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series is the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing winners from each state the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.

NJ Youth Soccer Presidents Cup champions:

U-15 Girls: Mount Laurel United Pride
U-15 Boys: Monroe Township Soccer Club
U-16 Girls: Lumberton Rowdies
U-16 Boys: MU Upper Township Football Club
U-17/U18 Girls: FC Copa Academy Red
U-17/U18 Boys: Ocean Township United Spartans

NJ Youth Soccer National Championship series champions:

U-15 Girls: SJEB Rush Girls Blue
U-15 Boys: Ironbound Soccer Club Red Fever
U-16 Girls: SJEB Rush Girls Academy
U-16 Boys: Matchfit Academy FC Black
U-17 Girls: Princeton IGFA
U-17 Boys: STA Morris United
U-18 Girls: Scotch Plains Fanwood United
U-18 Boys: Cedar Stars Academy – Newark Green

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.