Super-20 Schedule, Alignment Announced
7 May, 2014
44 Teams Set for 2014 Season
The Super-20 League, the longest standing and most sophisticated U20 men’s North American amateur league, announced its divisional alignment and schedule for 2014 today, with the 196-game schedule getting underway on Saturday, May 17.
A pair of PDL-affiliated teams will be in action on the season’s opening day on May 17 as the Westchester Flames welcome F.A. Euro. The season wraps up on Sunday, July 6 with 18 teams in action as the chase for championship berths concludes.
The Super-20 League schedule is available by clicking here.
Alignment Information: The 2014 Super-20 League season will see 44 teams divided among seven geographic divisions – Great Lakes, Mid Atlantic, Mid South, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and South Atlantic. Teams will play 8-10 games during the regular season while competing for a spot at the 2014 Super-20 League Championship presented by Nike, set for July 17-20 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Twelve teams will earn a trip to the event, with playoff allocations based on the number of teams in each division.
Among the changes for 2014 are a “no re-entry” substitution policy that has been instituted to align the Super-20 League more closely with the professional standards employed by the PDL and USL PRO.
“There is a great deal of anticipation heading into the 2014 season as the Super-20 League becomes more closely aligned with the PDL, both operationally and competitively,” PDL & Super-20 League Senior Director Ryan Brooks said. “As the emphasis on player development for 17- to 23-year-olds continues to grow throughout North America, the Super-20 League is uniquely poised to grow in its role as the development leader for the U20 age group.”
A full list of team alignments is available by clicking here.
The longest standing and most sophisticated U20 men’s North American amateur league, the Super-20 League was founded in 2006 and serves elite players from ages 17-20 as they advance beyond the youth level to the senior professional and amateur development leagues.
The league was designed to cater to the top of the youth ranks in the U.S. and Canada for players aspiring to play professionally. It also serves as a reserve division for PDL teams, which are able to add Super-20 teams to expand their development goals as well as their player pool for the senior team.
“We have competed at a high level in the PDL and want to continue to build our development structure in our club,” Ocala Stampede Executive Director Cheyne Roberts said. “The Super-20 League provides our club a chance to continue to develop players and evaluate talent that has the potential to compete on our PDL team in the future."
The Super-20 League features reserve squads for 12 PDL clubs in 2014 as well as teams affiliated with USL PRO’s Harrisburg City Islanders and the Chicago Fire of MLS.
Super-20 League: As the longest standing and most sophisticated U20 men’s North American amateur league, the Super-20 League provides the platform for top 17- to 20-year-olds in the United States and Canada to compete at the elite level. While serving as a reserve team system for many PDL teams, the USL Super-20 League features teams competing in regional divisions, playing in 8-10 regular season matches throughout the summer months. Follow on Twitter: @USLPDL