SUPER Y LEAGUE
Super Y League is the only
travel soccer league operating on a national basis in the United States. In
time it will likely be one of the most important leagues for identifying
youth players for the US National Teams. It is a US Club
Soccer affiliated league.
divisions throughout the country for age groups U13-17. The season
from June 1st thru August 31st;
however, the last
regular season game can be played as late as the second week in October.
The national championship
is held each November in Tampa, Florida.
US Club Soccer
does not have any state affiliates, as does USYSA with FYSA (Florida).
In order to participate in SYL would first
need to become an affiliate of the league which includes US Club Soccer
The Super Y-League was
founded in 1999 to provide the highest level of youth soccer
competition. The concept was that SYL teams would field teams of the
best players from multiple USYSA clubs; and have them compete against
similar teams throughout the country.
The SYL season begins
following the USYSA State Cup tournament and runs until August 31, more
or less, which is about the time that the USYSA season gets underway.
The Super Y-League is ideally suited for high school players who
typically need a league to play in before the start of the high school
winter season. Some refer to the SYL as an early season for
high school players. The main thing to keep in mind is that SYL
was designed for the highest level of competition not just another
league for kids to play in.
originally conceived, the SYL league would grant affiliation status to
pre-existing USYSA clubs and teams
could be comprised of no more than 50% of players from their respective USYSA
On paper it is a great idea; however, the reality is that it has not
unfolded this way....as of it. It probably will, just not yet.
The competitor to SYL is the established USYSA system. Over the last
twenty years, USYSA represented perhaps as much as 95% of all youth
travel soccer competition. During this time many clubs have formed and
delivered powerhouse USYSA teams that compete for the coveted USYSA
National Championship. Many of these clubs have resisted any affiliation
with SYL because they have considerable influence within the USYSA
system and do not want to part with this status.
SYL has had a slow start is Florida with under one dozen clubs fielding
teams. This will grow considerably over the next five years and then
consolidation will have to occur. At present the Florida
teams competing in SYL include:
West Pines United
Brandon Flames FC
Miami Strike Force
Florida Soccer Alliance
Clearwater International FC