The Super Y League announced the first group of qualifiers for the 2014 Super Y League North American Finals presented by Nike today, which will see 120 boys and girls teams competing for championships at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida December 5-9.
The 2014 SYL North American Finals will be one of the year’s most important youth events, with teams once again competing for GotSoccer ranking points as individual players showcase their skills for top college coaches from throughout the country. The event also serves as an important identification opportunity for the Super Y League’s U.S. Soccer-sanctioned Olympic Development Program.
Four prominent SYL clubs will account for 17 teams at the 2014 Finals, led by Georgia powerhouse Atlanta Fire United, which will send five teams to Bradenton. The club’s U12 and U13 girls each captured South Atlantic Division titles with a combined record of 18-1-3, while the U15 girls (5-2-3), who also reached the Finals in 2013, qualified with a second-place finish in the division. The Fire’s U13 boys (10-1-1) took second spot in their division while the U15 boys (6-0-3) also took the title.
Ironbound SC will also send five teams to the Finals on the boys’ side, including a pair that competed in the 2013 event. New Jersey-based Ironbound’s U16 boys will be back in Bradenton after taking the third berth from the North Atlantic Division with an 8-2-2 mark, and the U17s will also return for another shot at a title after finishing third at 5-2-1.
The future looks bright for Ironbound as its U12, U13 and U14 boys also punched their tickets to the Finals, with the U12s taking their division title with an 8-3-0 mark.
Moving to the Mid Atlantic Division, Annandale United Majestics FC will be well represented with three girls teams headed to Bradenton. The Northern Virginia club’s U14 girls ran over a deep seven-team division en route to a 12-0-0 mark and will be considered one of the favorites at the Finals. Annandale’s U13s also took the division crown at 11-0-1, while the U12s claimed second in the division at 8-1-1.
The Grand Rapids Crew Juniors showed their quality in their first SYL season, with all four of their girls’ teams advancing to the Finals as Midwest Division champions. The Michigan club’s U12s (7-2-0), U13s (7-0-0), U15s (7-0-1) and U16s (5-2-0) will each have the opportunity to capture the club’s first SYL North American title.
Currently in its 15th season, the Super Y League is the best operated youth league in North America, allowing it to stand above the competition. The league recently announced the addition of U10 and U11 age groups, beginning with the 2015 season.
The Super Y League Olympic Development Program provides the players selected with the chance to train, compete, and interact with staff coaches from all three divisions of the NCAA. The combination of high-level coaches working with the top players in the league makes for a truly unique experience for all involved. Hosted at IMG Academy, the players are exposed to specialized training in mental conditioning, nutrition, and the college recruiting process.
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.