USA Field Hockey

Young Women's National Championship

A key part of the Olympic Development Pathway, the Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC) is an annual event for collegiate and post-collegiate female athletes. Held in June, the YWNC features 144 elite female athletes in the Unites States and serves as a selection opportunity for the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team. All current Rise, U-21 and National Development Team members are invited to participate in the tournament.

Dates, Locations & Age Divisions

Typical Dates:

  • End of June

Location:

  • 2021: Virginia Beach, Va.
  • 2020: Storrs, Conn. (postponed to 2021)
  • 2019: Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2018: Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2017: Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2016: Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2015: Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2014: Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2013: Norfolk, Va.
  • 2012: College Park, Md.
  • 2011: Norfolk, Va.
  • 2010: Virginia Beach, Va.

Participating Age Division:

  • Collegiate
  • Post-Collegiate

History & Sponsors

History:

  • Originally started in 2006 as the Women's National Championship, this event was held annually and featured the most elite athletes in the country in a high-level, international structured competition.
  • In 2010, the Junior Women's National Championship was added for athletes under 20 years of age, which served as the Olympic Development Pathway program to the Junior USWNT.
  • In 2013, the Junior Women's National Championship changed names to the U-21 Women's National Championship. The U-21 Women's National Championships was also held in conjunction with the Futures Elite Championship event.
  • In 2015, the Women's National Championship and Junior U-21 Women's National Championship events combined and the name was changed to the Young Women's National Championship.
  • In 2020, this event did not take place due to COVID-19.

Sponsors:

  • GetGood, presenting sponsor, 2015
  • CranBarry, presenting sponsor, 2007

Past Winners

2021 - Freedom
2019 - USA U-19

2018
2017
2016 - U-21 Team
2015 - Patriots
2014 - Women's: USA Freedom, U-21 Women's: Blue
2013 - Women's: Pennsylvania, U-21 Women's: U-21 North
2012 - New Jersey
2011 - New Jersey