Following the previous announcement of a trio of Virginia Alliance boys team qualifications last week, the Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) proudly announced four additional squads would be joining them this December at the Super Y-League (SYL) North American Finals in Bradenton, Florida. The U13 Virginia Hammers and U17 Virginia Alliance boys teams each snagged their first trip to the SYL Finals, while both the U14 and U16 Northern Virginia Royals earned return appearances at the continental championship tournament.
Members of the Super Y-League since its inception in 1999, Northern Virginia FC bested its own club record of North American Championship boys team qualifications following this year’s regular summer season. With the two previously announced girls SYL Finals qualifiers (U12 and U14 Majestics), the total number of NOVA FC family teams is currently at nine and is expected to reach double digits with more announcements in the coming weeks.
In their first season of existence, the U13 Virginia Hammers join their brother team Virginia Alliance in Bradenton this winter courtesy of a 6-2-1 record. The young Hammers, a direct affiliate with West Ham United’s International Academy, ended the season on a four-game winning streak to earn the final spot in the Mid Atlantic Division.
The U17 Virginia Alliance boasted an unbeaten 8-0-2 record to claim the Mid Atlantic Group A title outright, scoring 47 goals over a ten-game span. While only earning three shutouts on the season, the elder Alliance boys relied on a scoring barrage to consistently stay ahead of their opponents throughout the Super Y-League season.
The U14 Royals also advanced by winning their division outright with a 7-1-1 record. Undefeated seasobn records against local rivals Washington FC and Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association enabled the upstart Royals to earn their second trip in as many years to Florida.
Also slated for a repeat performance in Bradenton, the U16 Royals finished ahead of Washington FC to secure the Mid Atlantic Group B title for 2014 with a hard fought 5-4-1 record. Key victories over the Arundel Blackhawks and ETA United boosted the U16 Royals into the national finals.
The 2014 SYL North American Finals will be one of the year’s most important youth events, with teams once again competing for GotSoccer ranking points as individual players showcase their skills for top college coaches from throughout the country. The event also serves as an important identification opportunity for the Super Y League’s U.S. Soccer-sanctioned Olympic Development Program.
Northern Virginia Football Club is comprised of the Northern Virginia Royals (male), Northern Virginia Majestics (female), Virginia Alliance (male and female), Virginia Hammers (boys), and Annandale United Majestics (girls) USL teams. The club was represented by both 16 players in SYL ODP Camp pool and nine teams in the 2013 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.