USA Field Hockey

Senior Nexus Championship

A key part of the Olympic Development Pathway, the Senior Nexus Championship (NXC), formerly called the Young Women’s National Championship, is an annual event for collegiate and post-collegiate female athletes. Held annually, the Senior NXC features 144 elite female athletes in the Unites States and serves as a selection opportunity for the Senior U.S. Women's National Team and Junior USWNT Selection Camps.

Dates, Locations & Age Divisions

Typical Dates:

  • End of June


  • 2023: Virginia Beach, Va.
  • 2022: Virginia Beach, Va.
  • 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:

  • High School
  • Collegiate
  • Post-Collegiate

History & Sponsors


  • 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 Championship 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.
  • In 2022, the Young Women's National Championship named changed to the Senior Nexus Championship, to better align with the Olympic Development Pathway program Nexus.
  • In 2023, the Senior Nexus Championship was held at the same time and location as the Junior Nexus Championship.


  • Osaka Hockey, 2022 - 2024
  • GetGood, presenting sponsor, 2015
  • CranBarry, presenting sponsor, 2007

Past Winners

2021 - Freedom
2019 - USA U-19

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