Including the four recent announcements over the previous weeks, the Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) earned a total of nine championship spots for the North American Finals to be held this December in Bradenton, Florida. Following another successful summer, four boy’s teams and five girl’s teams will represent Northern Virginia at the continental tournament, nabbing bids in their respective age groups from results over the 2013 Super Y-League regular season.
The nine Northern Virginia FC teams span the Northern Virginia Royals, the Northern Virginia Majestics, and the Virginia Alliance club teams.
This year’s championship total of nine teams ties the Northern Virginia FC Super Y-League club record tally set in 2009, sending nine teams to the United Soccer Leagues youth championship tournament two years ago. The club garnered five bids in 2012 and managed to win a North American title in each of 2001, 2009, and 2010.
The U13 Northern Virginia Majestics return to the Super Y-League Finals for the second year in a row under Head Coach Jimmy Toms. The U13 Majestics finished atop the Mid Atlantic Division courtesy of a perfect 8-0-0 record in which the team allowed only six goals all year. The young team earned their spot in the finals with a 3-2 victory over their sister team Virginia Alliance early in August before thumping Calvert 8-1 two weeks later to close the regular season.
The U15 Northern Virginia Royals also finished the regular season unbeaten with a 8-0-0 record to sit atop division. Led by Head Coach Juan Batres, the U15 Royals topped the Maryland Rush for first place with a 3-1 win to nab the automatic bid to the finals in the second-to-last game of the season. Similar to the U13 Majestics, the upstart Royals side routed the Thunder Soccer Club 7-1 to cap their perfect regular season in the finale.
The U15 Virginia Alliance girls secured their spot in Tampa with a 5-1-2 record, finishing just behind Maryland Rush in the Mid Atlantic standings. With two seeds available within the division, the U15 Alliance head to the North American Finals after beating the Lions Soccer Club (Maryland) twice in less than 24 hours by the scores of 8-1 and 3-1.
A decisive 9-1 victory over the Thunder Soccer Club gave the U13 Northern Virginia Royals just enough to earn the tightly-contested Mid Atlantic crown and propel the team into the continental championship. The season finale result led to a 9-1-2 record, finishing narrowly ahead of both Real Maryland FC and the Virginia Alliance and sending the U13 Royals to Florida for the finals. Coached by Oscar Feliu and assisted by Ionel Canavra, the talented boy’s side scored 47 goals over the regular season to highlight their offensive prowess.
With a single U17 spots up for grabs in the combined U16/U17 Mid Atlantic Division, the U17 Virginia Alliance girls garnered their trip to the championships following a 6-5-0 record to finish ahead of the Washington Spirit Academy. Led by Head Coach Todd Hamlin, the battling Alliance girls qualified courtesy of two late season wins over local rivals Real Maryland FC and the Washington Spirit to advance.
Also vying for a continental championship as announced over the last month, the U12 Virginia Alliance boys as well as the U14 Northern Virginia Royals are scheduled to play in Bradenton. On the girl’s side, the U12 and U16 Majestics have also qualified for the championship tournament, extending the qualified team total to nine.
The USL North American Finals will be held once again at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida, and is scheduled to run from December 5th through December 9th. The showcase event - one of the top college recruiting events in the country – features over 120 boys and girls teams and 2,200 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 Bradenton to compete for national championships. The 2013 version of the Super Y-League finals is the greatest representative of elite youth talent in North America as 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 24 players in SYL ODP Camp pool and five teams in the 2012 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.