For the 2012-2013 seasonal year, the teams eligible to apply for the NL come from the following pools of teams:
--teams that played in the US Youth Soccer recognized Regional Leagues (i.e. Region I Premier/Regional
Leagues, Midwest Regional League, Region III Premier League, Far West Regional League) or the National
League during the 2011-2012 seasonal year, and
--teams that reached the semifinals of their respective 2012 Regional Cup competition.