Majestics W-20 Schedule Released
Northern Virginia Under-20 Women Open Season on May 18th
W-20, the premier North American under-20 women’s league, released its divisional alignment and schedule for 2013 today, with the action slated to kick off for the 96-game regular season on Saturday, May 18. Formerly branded as the Super 20 League, the Northern Virginia Majestics open the summer season on the road to kickoff the North American title competition.
The 2013 W-20 season features 23 teams aligned in four regional divisions - North Atlantic, Midwest, New England and South Atlantic - playing 8-10 regular season matches from May through July, with a national championship set at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The Northern Virginia Majestics will travel to face Reading United AC on Saturday, May 18 in the rebranded league’s inaugural matchup. The Washington Spirit Academy, which reached the 2012 Women’s Super-20 League final as the D.C. United Women, opens its season on June 8 when it hosts Keystone Athletic SC in another important North Atlantic Division matchup.
2013 Commonwealth Cup Continues
Virginia USL Rivals Vie for Amateur State Title
With the 2013 United Soccer Leagues (USL) season approaching, the Fredericksburg Impact, Virginia Beach Piranhas, and Northern Virginia Royals W-League and Premier Development League teams will once again vie for the annual Commonwealth Cup title during the 2013 season. Now in its third year of existence, the Commonwealth Cup pits the three Virginia franchises in regional competition to determine the top men’s and women’s amateur teams in the state.
The Northern Virginia Royals earned the PDL bragging rights for the second year in a row, finishing 3-1 in the competition to bring home the hardware. The Fredericksburg Impact upset the 2011 Cup champion Piranhas by posting an undefeated 3-0-1 record to claim the W-League state title.
With the departure of the Fredericksburg Hotspur (PDL) and the Northern Virginia Majestics (W-League) suspending operations for 2013, the Commonwealth Cup will be determined between two teams in each of the men’s and women’s side of the competition. The Virginia Beach Piranhas currently remain the only organization with both PDL and W-League entries in the USL.
Schweitzer Wins National Coaching Award
Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach® Award Winner Named
Marie Schweitzer, coach of the Northern Virginia Soccer Club Majestics,has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted Double-Goal Coach Award presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance for her positive impact on youth athletes.
The award – named for coaches who strive to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports – carries a $250 prize, a trophy and mention within the websites and newsletters of Positive Coaching Alliance (www.PositiveCoach.org) and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program (ResponsibleSports.com).
“Marie helps youth athletes win on and off the field,” said Jim Thompson, founder and CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and author of eight books on youth sports, including The Power of Double-Goal Coaching. “By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience, and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Marie helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”
Schweitzer, who also administers the youth academy for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit, teaches life lessons about the value of hard work.“I always tell the kids in training session to work hard and have fun,” Schweitzer said. “If you have fun it doesn’t even feel like you’re working hard, because you love what you’re doing. Then, I relate that emphasis on effort to their school work or to their future jobs.”
Northern Virginia Ranked 13th in North America
Royals, Majestics, and VA Alliance Again Garner Super Y-League Honors
United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced earlier this month the final Super Y-League (SYL) First and Second-11 Club rankings for the 2011 regular season, recognizing the league’s top clubs on a competitive and administrative basis. Northern Virginia Royals (boys) and Majestics (girls) youth soccer teams, together with partner club VA Alliance, earned thirteenth place overall of the 110 Super Y-league clubs in North America.
With the 2011 ranking, Northern Virginia finished in the top twenty Super Y-League rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the Northern Virginia Royals program landed a number ten spot in separate First-11 Club honors for their success the past season.
Taking top honors across both the boys and girls divisions were MPS Bulldogs/Renegades Soccer Club from Boston, Massachussetts as the club accumulated a total of 93.97 points. The Northern Virginia Majestics/Royals grabbed the prestigious number one ranking a two years ago with a score of 81.80 for the 2009 season.
Northern Virginia FC in the Community
Royals and Majestics Lead Development in Northern Virginia
The Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) was established in 1997 as a member of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL). While the USISL has gone through realignments and subsequent name changes over the years, NOVA FC has also adapted and grown to meet the needs of the Northern Virginia soccer community.
As USISL evolved through the years into what is now known as the United Soccer Leagues (USL), it has developed a full top-to-bottom approach in fostering soccer development in North America. Partnered with U.S. Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Federation, the USL has perfected a club structure tailored to the progressive expansion of soccer on the continent. NOVA FC has embraced this complete club model structure and focuses exclusively on development at all levels to promote the beautiful game.