Following another successful summer, the Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) earned six championship spots for the North American Finals to be held this December in Tampa, Florida. Three boy’s teams and three girl’s teams will represent Northern Virginia at the continental tournament, nabbing bids in their respective age groups from results over the 2011 Super Y-League regular season.
The six Northern Virginia FC teams span the Northern Virginia Royals, the Northern Virginia Majestics, and the Virginia Alliance club teams.
The U16 Northern Virginia Royals finished the regular season unbeaten to sit atop the South Atlantic season. The U16 Royals edged the Maryland Rush for first place with a 2-0 win to nab the automatic bid to the finals. The two teams managed a scoreless draw in their first meeting of the season.
The U15 Royals secured their spot in Tampa with a 9-1-2 record, finishing just behind Fredericksburg in the South Atlantic standings. With two seeds available within the division, the U15 Royals head to the North American Finals for their third time in as many years.
With two spots up for grabs in the U14 South Atlantic Division, the U14 Virginia Alliance boys garnered their first trip to the championships following a second place finish. The upstart Alliance boys qualified courtesy of two late season wins over Alpharetta (Georgia) and local rivals Fredericksburg to advance.
The U15 Alliance girls join the other Northern Virginia FC teams in Tampa this December as they finished the year at 9-3-0. Victories over Maryland Rush and Fredericksburg lifted the U15 Alliance into second place behind the perfect Richmond Kickers at 12-0-0.
Joining their younger sister team in the finals, the U16 Alliance finished 6-1-1 to win the division.
A dramatic 2-0 rematch victory over the New York Magic gave the U17 Northern Virginia Majestics just enough to earn the Mid Atlantic crown and propel the team into the continental championship. The result led to a goal differential tie breaker over second place finisher TSF Academy (New Jersey), sending the U17 Majestics to Florida for the finals.
at the North American Finals. Also vying for a continental championship, the U14 Virginia Alliance boys as well as the U15 and U16 Northern Virginia Royals, are scheduled to play in Tampa. On the girl’s side, the U15 Virginia Alliance and U17 Majestics have also qualified for the championship tournament.
The Northern Virginia FC Super Y-League club set its highest bid tally in 2009, sending nine teams to the United Soccer Leagues youth championship tournament two years ago. The club garnered seven bids in 2010 and managed to win a North American title in each of 2009 and 2010.
The USL North American Finals will be held in Tampa, Florida, and is scheduled to run from December 2nd through December 6th. The revitalized showcase event - one of the top college recruiting events in the country - features 132 boys and girls teams and nearly 2,500 players from throughout the U.S. and Canada competing for the right to be called North American champions. In each of the six age groups, between 8-16 boys teams and between 4-12 girls teams will travel to Tampa to compete for national championships. The 2011 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.
Northern Virginia Football Club is comprised of the Northern Virginia Royals (male), Northern Virginia Majestics (female), and Virginia Alliance (male and female) USL teams. The club was represented by both thirty players in SYL ODP Camp pool and seven teams in the 2010 North American Finals. Northern Virginia FC was named the number one Super Y-League club in North America in 2010, a ranking system that combines team performance, division championships, and club operations.