SoCal champs are on the move next year

The CIF Southern Section Division 2, 3 and 4 boys' soccer champions won't get a chance to defend their titles next school year, based on the proposed conference alignments released Friday afternoon.

Unlike most states where playoff alignment is determined purely by enrollment, the CIF Southern Section bases its playoff divisions on conference alignment. Valley View (Moreno Valley, Calif.), the 2012 Division 2 champ, is part of the Inland Valley League, which is scheduled to move to Division 1 with the traditionally largest and strongest programs. Current Division 3 champ Paramount (Calif.) will be reassigned to Division 2 as part of the San Gabriel League. Division 4 champion Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.) is part of the Pacific League, which is slated for a move to Division 3.

The Southern Section has 76 leagues that are spread among seven playoff divisions for boys' soccer.

Other interesting moves include the Sea View, with Division 2 runner-up Capistrano Valley, moving back to Division 1, along with the Sierra League, which includes Claremont. The Empire League, which featured a strong Valencia team this past season, is moving from Division 2 to Division 3.