Any team that writes the check can qualify. Its a joke. A scam. A money grab. Hopefully some club finds the guts to decline an invite and expose it for what it really is.
You are incorrect about the qualifying teams. Any team can go to the qualifying event, but only the top 4 will be invited to Denver. I went two years ago. It was an amazing experience for my son, but very expensive. I could've taken he and my wife to Italy and Spain instead.