© 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute.   SUPER Y 1
MISSION ST AT E M E N T© 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. ...
ABOUT USLUnited Soccer Leagues has become the largestorganization of elite-level soccer leagues in NorthAmerica by buildin...
SUPER Y -L E AG U EThe Super Y-League, founded in 1999, is dedicated to the progression of future professional players and...
SUPER Y -L E AG U E                               north american footprint        DIV I SI O N AL I GNM EN T              ...
&                       C LUB AFFI L I AT I O NMore than 47% of MLS clubs currently utilize the proven USLplayer developme...
LADDER O F SU C C E SS   Zone 4                                                Chicago Fire MLS                          A...
U S L PRO, P D L & W -LEA G U E                     CLUBS FIELDING SUPER Y-LEAGUE TEAMS                                   ...
LADDER O F SU C C E SS     Northern Virginia Royals/            Majestics                                                 ...
JOURN E Y O F SU C C ES SIngrid WellsOn development in playing in theSuper Y-League and Super-20 League…“Playing with Pars...
JOURN E Y O F SU C C ES SJOZY ALTIDOREOn playing in the Super Y-League…“Playing in the Super Y-League was a huge part ofge...
A IDING GRO W T HUSL Super Y-League will continue to work with theSuper-20 League, PDL, W-League, USL PRO, MISL, andMLS to...
P L A Y ER I DENT I FI CA T IONThe Super Y ID Player Tracking Program serves as a mechanism to identify and track elite pl...
P L A Y ER I DENT I FI CA T IONEstablished in 2002, the Super Y-League Olympic Development Programis officially affiliated...
SUPER Y PRE M I UM T E A M SE RV I CE S &                       PROFESSIONA L L E A G UE A DM I NI STR ATI O NUSL team ser...
USL ME D I A O U T L E T SUSLsoccer.comThe primary tool for dissemination of USLnews, the USLsoccer.com network providesvi...
NEW M E D I ATo compliment its traditional public relations and communication initiatives, the USL Communicationsand Team ...
L E AGUE C H A M PI O N S H IPSLeague championship events provide Super Y-League with valuableexperience in high-profile c...
AFFILIA T I O N SAs the governing body for soccer in the United States, U.S. Soccerhas helped chart the course for the spo...
Jason Arnold                                       United Soccer Leagues      Senior Director, Youth Leagues              ...
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2013 Super Y-League Overview

  1. 1. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 1
  2. 2. MISSION ST AT E M E N T© 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 2
  3. 3. ABOUT USLUnited Soccer Leagues has become the largestorganization of elite-level soccer leagues in NorthAmerica by building on the vision, commitment, andpassion of players, fans and investors. USL continuesto be a driving force in the growth of soccer in theUnited States, Canada and Caribbean. USL providesa clearly defined path for the progression of maleand female soccer players beginning at the youthlevel (USL Super Y-League), continuing through theamateur level (USL Super-20 League, USL PremierDevelopment League/USL W-League) and up tothe professional level, both outdoor and indoor (USLPRO, MISL). A platform for countless players toreach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted todeveloping the sport at the grassroots level in everycommunity across the region. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 3
  4. 4. SUPER Y -L E AG U EThe Super Y-League, founded in 1999, is dedicated to the progression of future professional players andhas steered the course for development of elite clubs, players and coaches. Present in regional divisionsacross North America, the Super Y-League encompasses U12-U17, boys and girls age groups. The regularseason operates regionally from April to October with an 8- to 16-game season. The 2012 season includedMLS clubs Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew. Notable former Super Y-League players include Jozy Altidore,Ingrid Wells, Juan Agudelo, Mollie Pathman and Bryan Arguez. The 2013 season will include more than450 teams.The season culminates with the Super Y-League North American Finals, held annually in December at IMGAcademies in Bradenton, Florida. This provides collegiate coaches and scouts the opportunity to recruitand evaluate players for the next platform of opportunity, while giving players the experience of high-profilecompetition at one of the best facility’s in the world.Clubs that excel on and off the field are given the “First 11” award which recognizes the top youth clubs inthe U.S. and Canada that demonstrate their commitment to club and player development.Costs:Annual Participation Fee: $1,250Performance Security Bond: $500Player and Coach Registration: $20/$12Reference Fee (paid by home team): $145/game max (varies by age group) © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 4
  5. 5. SUPER Y -L E AG U E north american footprint DIV I SI O N AL I GNM EN T MIDWEST NEW ENGLAND SOUTHWEST SOUTHEAST MID ATLANTIC MID SOUTH SOUTH ATLANTIC NORTH ATLANTIC ROCKY MOUNTAIN NORTHWEST NORTHERN PLAINS© 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 5
  6. 6. & C LUB AFFI L I AT I O NMore than 47% of MLS clubs currently utilize the proven USLplayer development model in order to identify, develop andprepare elite players for the rigors of MLS competition, with theultimate goal of graduation to the first team. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) Reading United AC (PDL) Portland Timbers U-23 (PDL) Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (PDL) Vancouver Whitecaps Women (W-League) Chicago Fire Premier (PDL) Chicago Fire (Super-20) Sounders FC U-23 (PDL) Sounders Women (W-League) Crew Juniors (Super-20) Rapids Women (Super-20) FC Dallas West Texas (Super-20) © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 6
  7. 7. LADDER O F SU C C E SS Zone 4 Chicago Fire MLS Ages 17+ Fire Premier PDL Zone 3 Ages 17+ Fire Premier Super-20’s Zone 2 Chicago Fire SYL Ages 14-17 Zone 1 Chicago Fire Juniors Ages 6-19The Chicago Fire currently utilize the Super Y-League and Super-20 League programs in their “ladder of success” © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 7
  8. 8. U S L PRO, P D L & W -LEA G U E CLUBS FIELDING SUPER Y-LEAGUE TEAMS LADY ™ ™© 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 8
  9. 9. LADDER O F SU C C E SS Northern Virginia Royals/ Majestics TSF Academy PDL W-Leag ue “We recognize• Use the Super the importance of W-Leag Y-League and the developing players ue Super-20 League at the younger as a direct feeder ages. We have a into their PDL and Super-2 tremendous full- 0 time staff with W-League League franchises experience at every level of coaching.• Multiple We also use our older players to help Super-2 appearances in 0 out the younger League the North American players, creating Finals and the “First a mentorship role 11” ranking system within the club’s Super Y-Leagu general family e atmosphere.” -TSF Academy’s Super Mark White Y-Leagu e © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 9
  10. 10. JOURN E Y O F SU C C ES SIngrid WellsOn development in playing in theSuper Y-League and Super-20 League…“Playing with Parsippany Gazelles, my club team, in both the Super Y-Leagueand Super-20 League helped me grow significantly as a player. Competingagainst quality teams from all over, including against girls in the Super-20League who were in college one or two years before I was, helped me developand raise my game.”On the Super Y-League and Super-20 Leaguepreparing her for her first collegiate season…“Playing a tough Super-20 League season, followed by an even more difficultNorth American Finals, definitely prepared me for my first college season thatfall at Georgetown. [It] contributed to why I had such a great freshman year.”Named All-American Second Team, Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, AllBig East First Team SoccerBuzz Freshman of the Year Finalist, SoccerBuzz All-American Freshman First Team, SoccerBuzz Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman ofthe Year, and Georgetown University’s Female Athlete of the Year. Parsippany SC Parsippany SC Georgetown US U-20 Women’s USL Super USL Super-20 University National Team Y-League League © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 10
  11. 11. JOURN E Y O F SU C C ES SJOZY ALTIDOREOn playing in the Super Y-League…“Playing in the Super Y-League was a huge part ofgetting me to the Major League Soccer level. Whenyou can play at that kind of level it opens your eyes.You see who is out there. The competition reallysped up my development. The North AmericanFinals brought me exposure also, and anytime youcan play in front of National Team scouts you havea better chance of making a name for yourself.”On the MLS and Super Y-League...“One thing MLS and the Super Y-League have incommon is competitiveness. You can really tell youare going against the best when you are playingin the MLS and in the Super Y-League. The clubsbring the best. Players you know you are going tosee again at the national team level.” Schulz US National MLS La Liga Super Lig Academy Team New York Villarreal Bursapor USL Super Member Red Bulls CF (on loan) Y-League U17, U20, U23 & Senior © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 11
  12. 12. A IDING GRO W T HUSL Super Y-League will continue to work with theSuper-20 League, PDL, W-League, USL PRO, MISL, andMLS to explore ways that the leagues can collaboratein a manner that enhances the value of youth soccer inAmerica and aids in their growth of the sport in NorthAmerica. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 12
  13. 13. P L A Y ER I DENT I FI CA T IONThe Super Y ID Player Tracking Program serves as a mechanism to identify and track elite players throughouttheir seasons to allow for proper identification for current Super Y teams as well as U.S. Soccer National Teamprograms. Teams can utilize this player list to help identify and track players that could make an impact at theirclub as they continue to grow and look for new talent.Players will be tracked throughout the season by position and will be highlighted on weekly lists. These playerlists will be sent to all teams on a weekly basis and will provide a ranking system to highlight players who havebeen identified throughout the season. The rankings will be calculated based on match report voting submittedby each coach following each game throughout the season.The USL National Technical Director will be available to discuss and evaluate players with any team that hasidentified a player in which they are interested. This level of identification provides a system for teams to focustheir attention on as they plan to build their clubs moving forward. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 13
  14. 14. P L A Y ER I DENT I FI CA T IONEstablished in 2002, the Super Y-League Olympic Development Programis officially affiliated with U.S. Soccer and provides a showcase opportunityfor players to train and compete at a level higher than what their clubscan provide.Hosted by the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., each athlete is subjectedto vital training sessions and curriculum including nutrition, movement,mental conditioning, player analysis, and college recruitment.Unlike other identification opportunities, the Super Y-League ODP playeridentification and selection process occurs during the regular seasonof play and does not cost the player additional fees. In contrast to theopen-tryout system, the Super Y-League identification process allows theplayer to be evaluated within their natural environment with in-game andclub evaluations.Within the past five seasons, more than 60 elite youth players from theSuper Y-League ODP camps have been forwarded to the U.S. SoccerU17 Residency Program and beyond. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 14
  15. 15. SUPER Y PRE M I UM T E A M SE RV I CE S & PROFESSIONA L L E A G UE A DM I NI STR ATI O NUSL team services provide Super Y clubs with comprehensiveoperational support, fostering a professional developmentalatmosphereLocated throughout the United States and Canada, the Super Y-League provides the infrastructure, supportand competitive platform to offer soccer as an exciting, affordable, family-oriented entertainment optionfor your fan-base, while developing professionals. Through USL’s unparalleled premium team services, clubsreceive centralized league support from day-to-day administration to player development platforms.CENTRALIZED LEAGUE OPERATIONS official league websiteSuper Y-League teams benefit from a full-time USLsoccer.com is a state-of-the-art websitecentralized administrative staff located in Tampa, featuring daily content, comprehensive statistics,Florida, specializing in communications, creative administrative tools and video highlights fromservices, new media, finance, marketing, player throughout the leagues and provides world-wideregistration and operations. exposure for USL teams.club friendly player Registration OfficiatingUSL employs a full-time registrar to assist with USL provides match-day referee assignmentexpediting and simplifying player and administrator through the working relationships with the U.S.registration process. Registration is facilitated Soccer Federation and Canadian Soccer Federation.through USLsoccer.com in conjunction with theUSL registrar. annual general meeting The Annual General Meeting (AGM) providesInsurance coverage educational programming centered around teamSuper Y-League registration includes general liability growth, best practices and industry trends aimed atand secondary medical coverage for registered enhancing the club’s performance and experience.clubs, facilities and players. Super Y-League ChampionshipNational Technical Director The Super Y season culminates with the SuperFormer MLS and U.S. National Team coach, Y-League Championship, hosted at IMG AcademyPeter Mellor, serves as USL’s full-time National in Bradenton, Florida. Through league play, teamsTechnical Director, guiding team, player and league qualify for the opportunity to compete for thedevelopment initiatives. chance to be crowned “Champion.”usl Communications team Minimum StandardsThe USL communications office is comprised of a USL minimum standards exist in order to establishmulti-person staff who boast more than 30 years a quality control mechanism which maintainsof experience. USL’s communications assets are uniformity of the Super Y brand and operationalavailable to member clubs who are looking for standards, regardless of market and externaladditional promotion and publicity support. factors. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 15
  16. 16. USL ME D I A O U T L E T SUSLsoccer.comThe primary tool for dissemination of USLnews, the USLsoccer.com network providesviewers with unlimited access to the latestUSL happenings. In addition, the USLsoccer.com network includes league specific sitesand is your source for everything including:• Rosters• Schedules• Scores• Breaking News• Blogs• Feature Stories• Statistics• Video Clips• Player Profiles• League Standings• Club AdministrationUSLsoccer.com Statistics:• 900,000+ unique visitors• 2.3 million visits• 16 million+ page views © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 16
  17. 17. NEW M E D I ATo compliment its traditional public relations and communication initiatives, the USL Communicationsand Team Services staff works closely with each team to develop and maintain successful, cutting-edgesocial media platforms to help drive online presence and revenue streams. This allows each team tomore actively shape the message in the marketplace and increase recognition of USL’s leadership role inboth player development and league growth in North America. Although this will be a constantly evolvingprocess, the primary approach is on dual fronts:TwitterThe USL Super Y-League will have a Twitter page, which provides the opportunity to distribute short-formcontent (short bursts of texts, images, and links) to promote what is happening throughout the league.FacebookThis will be the conversational piece of our social media mix.  The goal will be to stimulate positive discussionsabout events that occur within the Super Y-League.  Since Facebook has such a large user base, it will beutilized for engaging people in an environment where they are comfortable and already spend a lot of theirtime.UnationUnation serves as USL’s broadband broadcast channel. Providing unrestricted access to viewers,Unation allows fans to follow their team, watch matches and share content from anywhere around theworld. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 17
  18. 18. L E AGUE C H A M PI O N S H IPSLeague championship events provide Super Y-League with valuableexperience in high-profile competition.2012 Super Y-League Championship at IMG ACADEMYThe Super Y-League hosts its North American Finals at theprestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. USL enteredinto a three-year partnership with IMG Academy to host thestoried event and provide players with a world-class soccerfacility to showcase their skills in front of men’s and women’scollege coaches from throughout the country. The 2012Super Y-League North American Finals featured 130 teamsfrom throughout North America, culminating with Championsin each age group and gender.Capturing the attention and participation of a wide varietyof soccer groups including elite-level players, coaches,executives, owners and dignitaries, the Super Y-League NorthAmerican Finals serve as the premier event for both playersand scouts. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 18
  19. 19. AFFILIA T I O N SAs the governing body for soccer in the United States, U.S. Soccerhas helped chart the course for the sport for more than 90 years. Inthis time, the Federation’s mission statement has been very simpleand very clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a pre-eminent sportin the United States and to continue the development of soccer atall recreational and competitive levels.United Soccer Leagues has maintained a longstanding relationshipwith US Soccer to aid the development of the sport at every level:men’s, women’s and youth. Each USL competition is directly affiliatedwith US Soccer and league executives are deeply involved in shapingthe direction and governance of the sport in the United Statesthrough its participation on its Board of Directors, Committees, andTask Forces.USL PRO is also affiliated with the Canadian Soccer Association,the Bermuda Football Association and the Antigua Barbuda FootballAssociation. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 19
  20. 20. Jason Arnold United Soccer Leagues Senior Director, Youth Leagues 1715 N. Westshore Blvd. Suite 825 jason.arnold@uslsoccer.com Tampa, FL 33607 Direct: 813.269.1353 P: (813) 963-3909 Fax: 813.963.3807 F: (812) 963-3807 www.uslsoccer.com© 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER Y 20

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