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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 -2 0 L E AGUEThe Super-20 League is the pre-eminent destination league for under20 players to progress to the next l...
SUPER -2 0 L E AGUE                         men’s north american footprint        DIV I SI O N AL I GNM EN T              ...
SUPER -2 0 L E AGUE                     WOmen’s north american footprint        DIV I SI O N AL I G N M EN T              ...
&                       C LUB AFFI L I AT I O NMore than 47% of MLS clubs currently utilize the proven USLplayer developme...
U S L PRO, P D L & W -LEA G U E                    CLUBS FIELDING SUPER-20 LEAGUE TEAMS               ™                   ...
A IDING GRO W T HUSL Super-20 League will continue to work with the SuperY-League, PDL, W-League, USL PRO, MISL, and MLS t...
P L A Y ER I DENT I FI CA T IONThe Super-20 ID Player Tracking Program serves as a mechanism to identify and track elite p...
PLA YE R HO N O RS                                                                               QuickTime™ and a         ...
JOURN E Y O F SU CC ES S                    Ingrid Wells                                    Bryan Arguez                  ...
SUPER -20 P RE M I UM T E A M SE R V I C E S &                      PROFESSIONA L L E A G UE A DM I NI STR ATI O NUSL team...
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 CHA M PI O N S H IPSLeague championship events provide Super-20 League with valuableexperience in high-profile co...
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...
Abe Thompson                                    Jason Arnold                             United Soccer Leagues Director, S...
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  1. 1. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 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-20 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/USL Super-20 League),continuing through the amateur level (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-20 3
  4. 4. SUPER -2 0 L E AGUEThe Super-20 League is the pre-eminent destination league for under20 players to progress to the next level in a highly competitveand professional environment.As the premier U20 men’s and women’s North American amateur league, the Super-20 League providesthe platform for top 17- to 20-year-olds in the United States and Canada to compete at an elite level. Whileserving as an integral part of the development system for MLS, W-League and PDL teams, the Super-20League features teams competing in regional divisions, consisting of 8-12 regular season matchesthroughout the summer months. The 2012 Super-20 season featured the MLS’ Chicago Fire, ColumbusCrew, D.C. United and Colorado Rapids.The Super-20 League is built upon a regional-based competition model in order to limit the expenses foreach participant and club.The season culminates with the Super-20 League Championships at IMG Academy. With more than 24teams from across North America, the Super-20 League Championships provide collegiate coaches andprofessional scouts the opportunity to recruit and evaluate players for the next platform of opportunity,while giving players the experience of high-profile competition.Costs:Annual Participation Fee: $1,500Performance Security Bond: $500Player and Coach Registration: $20/$12Referee Fee (paid by home team): $145/game © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 4
  5. 5. SUPER -2 0 L E AGUE men’s 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-20 5
  6. 6. SUPER -2 0 L E AGUE WOmen’s north american footprint DIV I SI O N AL I G N M 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-20 6
  7. 7. & 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-20 1
  8. 8. U S L PRO, P D L & W -LEA G U E CLUBS FIELDING SUPER-20 LEAGUE TEAMS ™ LADY© 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 2
  9. 9. A IDING GRO W T HUSL Super-20 League will continue to work with the SuperY-League, PDL, W-League, USL PRO, MISL, and MLS toexplore ways that the leagues can collaborate in a mannerthat enhances the value of youth soccer in America andaids in their growth of the sport in North America. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 3
  10. 10. P L A Y ER I DENT I FI CA T IONThe Super-20 ID Player Tracking Program serves as a mechanism to identify and track elite players throughouttheir seasons to allow for proper identification for current Super-20 teams as well as U.S. Soccer NationalTeam programs. Teams can utilize this player list to help identify and track players that could make an impactat their club 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. “Having coached at all levels and ages for US Soccer, including MLS, the Super-20 League fills a major gap in the pyramid of player development. The Super-20 League affords college- aged players an opportunity for additional games that will facilitate their continued development and help prepare them for the next level of competition.” - Peter Mellor USL National Technical Director © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 4
  11. 11. PLA YE R HO N O RS QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.Former MLS Super-20 Players• 24 Former Super-20 players have progessed through the ranks to ultimately play in MLS including: • Teal Bunbury • C.J. Sapong • Luis Gil • Tristan Bowen • Connor Lade• Players from the Super-20 League have played for the Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Chivas USA, Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls. USL in the MLS superdraft Year Number Drafted Percentage 2012 MLS SuperDraft 26 68% 2011 MLS SuperDraft 37 69% 2010 MLS SuperDraft 48 75% 2009 MLS SuperDraft 39 65% 2008 MLS SuperDraft 39 70% © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 5
  12. 12. JOURN E Y O F SU CC ES S Ingrid Wells Bryan Arguez Mollie Pathman Georgetown Montreal Impact Duke University Unitersity (MLS) (NCAA Div I) Super-20 League Hertha Berlin Women’s National (German Team (U18) Bundesliga) Super Y-League Cary Lady Clarets DC United (W-League) (MLS)• Named All-American • 11th overall • U17, U20, and Second Team pick in 2007 U23 USWNT Triangle FC• Big East Conference Rookie MLS SuperDraft US National Team Member Super-20 League MVP at age 16 of the Year • U17, U20 and (U17, U20, U23) • 2010 Gatorade• All Big East First Team U23 USMNT National H.S.• SoccerBuzz Freshman of the Member Player of the Year Finalist Kendall SC Year (Super-20 League)• SoccerBuzz All-American • 4-time NSCAA Freshman First Team All American• SoccerBuzz Mid-Atlantic • 2010 Soccer Region Freshman of the Year America First• Georgetown University’s Team Freshman Female Athlete of the Year All-America at Duke University • Multiple Super-20 Final Championships and MVP Awards © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 6
  13. 13. SUPER -20 P RE M I UM T E A M SE R V I C E S & PROFESSIONA L L E A G UE A DM I NI STR ATI O NUSL team services provide Super-20 clubs with comprehensiveoperational support, fostering a professional developmentalatmosphereLocated throughout the United States and Canada, the Super-20 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-20 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-20 League registration includes general growth, best practices and industry trends aimed atliability and secondary medical coverage for enhancing the club’s performance and experience.registered clubs, facilities and players. Super-20 championshipNational Technical Director The Super-20 season culminates with theFormer MLS and U.S. National Team coach, Super-20 League Championship, hosted at IMGPeter Mellor, serves as USL’s full-time National Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Through leagueTechnical Director, guiding team, player and league play, teams qualify for the opportunity to competedevelopment initiatives. for the 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-20 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-20 7
  14. 14. 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-20 8
  15. 15. 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 Supe-20 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-20 League.  Since Facebook has such a large user base, it willbe utilized for engaging people in an environment where they are comfortable and already spend a lot oftheir time.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-20 9
  16. 16. L E AGUE CHA M PI O N S H IPSLeague championship events provide Super-20 League with valuableexperience in high-profile competition.2012 Super-20 CHampionship at IMG ACADEMYMen: Chicago Fire 3 - Columbus Crew 0Women: Colorado Rapids 1 - D.C. United 0The 2012 Super-20 League Championship featured 24clubs from throughout North America, culminating with twochampionship matches featuring four MLS clubs and wasstreamed “live” through USL’s online broadcast platform,USLnation.com.Capturing the attention and participation of a wide varietyof soccer groups including elite-level players, coaches,executives, owners and dignitaries, the Super-20 LeagueChampionships serve as the premier event for both playersand scouts. © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 10
  17. 17. 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-20 11
  18. 18. Abe Thompson Jason Arnold United Soccer Leagues Director, Super-20 League Senior Director, Super-20 League 1715 N. Westshore Blvd. Suiteabe.thompson@uslsoccer.com jason.arnold@uslsoccer.com 825 Direct: 813.444.7647 Direct: 813.269.1353 Tampa, FL 33607 Fax: 813.963.3807 Fax: 813.963.3807 P: (813) 963-3909 F: (812) 963-3807 www.uslsoccer.com © 2013 United Soccer Leagues, LLC, All rights reserved. Confidential: do not copy or redistribute. SUPER-20 12

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