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Super Y League

            Founded in 1999, the Super Y-League is dedicated to the progression of future professional players. Averaging 700 teams since 2004, the Super Y-League has steered the course for development of elite clubs, players, and coaches. Affiliated with US 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 (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Premier Development League and W-League clubs. The league also serves clubs looking to develop the game from the ground up. Top youth academies such as Weston FC, Mass Premier Soccer, Chicago Fire Academy, and TSF Academy have been members of the league for several seasons. USL’s Super Y-League has revolutionized youth player development in North America.

What does the Super Y-League mean to player development?

The Super Y-League is designed to help in "professionalizing" player development in the United States and Canada and focuses on the most elite youth players. Our system provides the opportunity for players to compete in top-level soccer throughout the year. The Super Y-League puts the spotlight on players during the playing season, through our North American Finals championship event, and through our Olympic Development Program.



What are the goals of the Super Y-League?

The primary goal has always been to provide a platform for players to develop and be identifi ed. We strive to ensure that players develop at a faster pace through the Super Y-League system by playing against the best competition. Players will learn to excel in a pressurized environment which should help in preparing players to take the U.S. game to the next level. Other goals include helping clubs and referees develop, which further aids in the progression of the game.

How is the Super Y-League competition structured?

The Super Y-League primarily follows FIFA’s laws of the game. We also avoid many common restrictions and off er expanded rosters with no limits on recruiting. The league allows a 26 player roster of which 18 can be named for each match. The Super Y-League starts at age 13, which is the youngest age that fits into our system when coaches can clearly see elite level talent. This season mirrors the current professional calendar in the U.S. culminating in the annual North American Finals. Each division within the league is unique in climate, various soccer activities, and the scholastic sports calendar. Each division collectively designs the competitive structure including the number of teams, games, start dates, and age groups. We leave it to the soccer people within these divisions to give us the best input on what they need to have a successful season. We are fl exible in allowing clubs to work with their respective associations. 

Who can compete in the Super-Y League?

Any player can compete in the Super-Y League in an appropriate age/gender group. We encourage all athletes regardless of race, national origin, or financial background to compete in the Super Y-League.

What does the Super Y-League offer that is different from what other national youth associations, such as U.S. Youth Soccer, are providing on the local or regional level?

The Super Y-League system is much broader in geographical scope and is organized on a divisional level. Our members off er top teams in a geographical area. Because of that, teams can consistently compete at a higher level. Most other leagues in the country are localized in terms of their membership. The Super Y-League is also designed specifically for the elite level player. Another difference is reflected through expanded roster sizes, no recruiting restrictions, and the club pass system. These are not typically available through other youth associations that put heavy emphasis on recreational soccer.

How does the Super Y-League spotlight players otherwise missed by the current system?

The divisional structure of the Super Y-League enables teams to scout their own areas for the best players. These players are then given the opportunity to display their skills on a divisional and national stage. The unique Super Y-League ODP program can also provide an avenue to national identification for players as well.

What is the impact on the Olympic Development Program (ODP)?

    The Super Y-League was granted ODP status in August of 2002 for two programs. These programs are: 1) The Super Y-League North American Finals as a National ODP event where players where will be scouted by U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches and 2) The formation of the National ODP Camps where players will be scouted by U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches. 
    Please note that
there is no connection with this system and the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP system. It is the belief of the Super Y-League and its membership that we can provide a better system and a better alternative for players to be identified. Our belief is that the identification of players in their natural environment is the best way to consistently evaluate players. Players who excel within their clubs should be identified through their performance in league play, just as it is done in most strong soccer nations throughout the world. The state systems tend to lose players through politics or expense.

What is the future beyond the Super Y-League?

Canada and the U.S. are gradually becoming stronger soccer nations. The leaders in the game are no longer recreational organizations, but Technical Directors from clubs and soccer-focused organizations such as USL. The planning and foresight of USL will mold the game into what it should become in North America. More and more professional clubs both domestically and internationally are focusing on the Super Y-League while players continue to be identified for US National Teams. The opportunities that our vertically integrated structure off ers players from youth through the professional levels are something no other single organization can provide.



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