The Super Y-League announced today that the 2014 North American Finals presented by Nike will be held December 5-9 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It will mark the third consecutive year that IMG Academy’s world-class facilities have been used as the home of the North American Finals.
For the second consecutive year the SYL North American Finals will be a GotSoccer ranked tournament, with participants able to earn crucial national ranking points. Coaches from top men’s and women’s colleges from throughout North America will once again be in attendance to scout talent, along with U.S. National Team staff and professional academy scouting staff.
“Coming off our two most successful events in the Super Y-League’s 15-year history, we are excited about returning to IMG Academy to host some of the top boys and girls teams from throughout North America,” USL Senior Director of Youth Properties Drew Hoffman said. “The level of competition was fantastic in 2013, and we expect the road to national championships to be even tougher this season. The SYL Finals have also grown into an important event on the summer scouting schedule and we expect an even greater turnout of college coaches in 2014.”
Created in 1999 with 12 teams, the Super Y-League now includes nearly 80 clubs from throughout the United States and Canada with an average of 500 teams competing in the league every summer. Many of the clubs participating in the league are now affiliated with the top professional and amateur men’s and women’s sides of USL and Major League Soccer, providing a strong system of player development that closely replicates those in more soccer oriented nations throughout the world.
Between 8-16 boys teams and 4-12 girls teams will qualify for the 2014 Super Y-League North American Finals in U12 through U17 age divisions. Teams will compete in three days of group play December 5-7, with semifinals and finals set for December 8-9. The 2014 Super Y-League regular season kicked off this week.
2013 Champions Boys Girls
U17 Ironbound SC Waza FC East
U16 Real Maryland Futures Seacoast United Mariners
U15 West Pines United FC Mequon FC
U14 BW Gottschee Internationals
U13 BW Gottschee Alliance Academy Black
U12 Waza FC East West Pines United FC
IMG Academy, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex. IMG Academy hosted a myriad of soccer team training camps in 2012, including clubs such as the Seattle Sounders, D.C. United, Columbus Crew, Sweden’s Malmö FF, and the U.S. Women’s National Team preparing for the London Olympic Games.
For more than 30 years, IMG Academy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport, by providing world-class coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities within an energetic environment across a 450-acre campus
Super Y-League: Founded in 1999, the Super Y-League is dedicated to the progression of future professional players and has steered the course for development of elite clubs, players, and coaches. Affiliated with U.S. Soccer, the Super Y-League ODP Program has opened countless doors for players to be identified for U.S. National Team programs. The Super Y-League contains the youth academies of Major League Soccer clubs, USL PRO clubs, PDL and W-League clubs. The league also serves clubs looking to develop the game from the ground up.