Taken from USLSoccer.com
United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced today the Super Y-League (SYL) First and Second-11 Club rankings for the 2009 regular season, recognizing the league’s top clubs on a competitive and administrative basis. Northern Virginia FC, comprised of the Royals (boys) and Majestics (girls) youth soccer teams, garnered the prestigious number one spot, finishing as the top Super Y-league club in North America.
The top overall club in the SYL this season, the Northern Virginia Majestics/Royals scored an 81.80 to edge out the second-best club in the league, the MPS Bulldogs/Renegades (Massachusetts), by less than a tenth of a percent.
The Northern Virginia Royals were an impressive 41-3-14 during the SYL Regular season. They finished fourth in the boys rankings with a score of 78.11. Their U14, U15 and U17 boys went undefeated, while their U13, U16 and Super-20 League teams each had just a single loss. All five of the club’s SYL teams will be present at the SYL North American Finals.
Northern Virginia’s girls, the Majestics were 36-10-4 this season, finishing fourth in the girls rankings with a score of 79.27. The Majestic’s U13, U14 and U16 girls will all compete for a North American Championship in Tampa.
Mountain WFC won the boys rankings with a score of 86.78 and the Washington Freedom won the girls rankings with a score of 86.53. The scores will be readjusted based on the clubs performances at the annual SYL North American Finals, where all but one of the 38 clubs in the First or Second-11 Rankings will be competing for 10 championships up-for-grabs beginning Friday, November 20. The clubs will also be recognized during USL’s Annual General Meeting, the second half of USL’s SoccerFest, which is held in conjunction with the North American Finals in downtown Tampa.
The SYL launched the First and Second 11 Ranking System in 2005 with the top clubs ranked from 1-22 in three categories: overall, boys and girls. The extensive growth of the USL Super-20 League in the past three seasons has led to the inclusion of the Under-20 league in the ranking process. The rankings are based primarily upon the on-field results. Point percentage accounts for 70 percent of the score while minimum standards and operations complete the other 30 percent.
“The criteria used to rank these clubs is basic yet essential to the Super Y-League’s philosophy of providing a professionalized atmosphere for the top youth players in North America,” said USL Senior Director of Youth League Development, Jeff McRaney. “United Soccer Leagues wanted a way to recognize those clubs who consistently succeed not only on the field but off the field as well.”
Northern Virginia Football Club, comprised of the Northern Virginia Royals (male), Northern Virginia Majestics (female), and NOVA FC (male and female) USL teams, is represented by the a club record of nine teams in the 2009 North American Finals as well as thirty-two players in the previous SYL ODP Camp pool. Nineteen players from the Royals and thirteen players from the Majestics Super Y-League programs comprised Northern Virginia’s representation last year.
The USL North American Finals will be held in Tampa, Florida, and is scheduled to run from November 20th through November 24th. A total of sixteen teams will clash at every age level in the boys Super Y-League’s U13-U17 divisions. On the girl’s side, twelve teams will meet from each of the five age divisions. The 2009 version of the Super Y-League finals is the greatest representative of elite youth talent in North America now that the league encompasses nine regions across the United States and Canada.
2009 Super Y-League Regular Season First 11 Club Rankings [+]