TAMPA, FL – Thursday, October 25, 2007 United Soccer Leagues announced today the preliminary Super Y-League First and Second 11 Club rankings for the 2007 season, recognizing the league’s top competitive and administrative clubs. The release of the list precedes the upcoming SYL North American Finals, where 21 of the clubs in the rankings will be competing for the 10 championships up for grabs November 16-20.
The Super Y-League launched a new club ranking system in 2005 with the top clubs ranked from 1-22 and separated into the First and Second 11. With the extensive growth of the second-year USL Super-20 League, the 2007 rankings also include a club’s performance in the new league. This system publicizes the top 22 clubs in both the boys and girls categories as well as overall. The rankings are based primarily upon the on-field results - winning percentage accounting for 70 percent of the score. Minimum standards and operations complete the other 30 percent.
“The criteria used to rank these clubs is basic yet essential to the Super Y-League’s philosophy of providing a professionalized atmosphere for the top youth players in North America,” said USL Super Y-League and Super -20 League Director of Operations Melanie Fitzgerald. “United Soccer Leagues wanted a way to salute those clubs who consistently succeed not only on the field but off the field as well.”
2007 Preliminary SYL First 11 Rankings [+] Final 2006 SYL First 11 Rankings [+]
The most dramatic turn-around in the three-year history of the Super Y-League’s First 11, the Washington Crossfire topped the charts as the best combined boys and girls soccer club in the United States and Canada. Last season the Crossfire ranked were ranked 19th overall, finishing 21st in the girls and unranked for boys. Out of the 66 clubs that met the minimum criteria for the overall table, the Crossfire finished first with an overall score of 81.4. The club advanced a total of four teams to the 2007 North American Finals and out of the 82 matches they played this season the Crossfire had a winning percentage of 72. Their club record was 59-11-12.
A first-year club in the Super Y-League in 2007, Player Development Academy wasted no time in making a name for themselves. This summer they joined Kendall SC as the only two champions of United Soccer Leagues’ Super-20 League by winning a showdown with the Toronto Lynx in the Super-20 Semifinals that will go down as one of most thrilling matches of the year. The following afternoon they downed the Chicago Fire Premier 3-1 for the title.
The club continued their run by qualifying their only two teams competing in the Super Y-League, their U14 and U16 boys to these North American Finals. The teams combined record this season was a ridiculous 30-1-5, a winning percentage of 83.
The Cleveland Internationals finished atop the girls table with its three representatives coming into the North American Finals. The club had the highest score among girls clubs, a 72.8 on the SYL scale. They were unranked last year. Internationals teams attending these finals include the U13, U15, and U16 squads.
The U13 team finished the season with a record of 9-1-0. The U15’s took second place in the Midwest by going 8-2-0 but the U16 squad was the flagship, finishing undefeated at 7-0-1. The girls were a combined 28-7-1 and the boys and girls combined were a respectable 43-32-6. The club’s operational standards combined with their on-field performance handed the Internationals a top finish in the SYL club ranking system.
2007 SYL North American Finals
Twenty-one of the top 22 clubs in the Overall First and Second 11 tables will be sending representatives to Tampa for the SYL North American Finals November 16-20. Regarded as the top youth soccer event in North America, it is a five-day tournament that includes over 130 of the best youth soccer teams in the US and Canada from U13 to U17 for boys and girls. Teams will qualify from their respective regions and will face the best from around North America in a quest to become league champions.
The event will include over 5,000 players, parents and spectators. The 2006 finals featured teams from Vancouver to Miami with teams representing some of the top professional clubs in the nation such as Major League Soccer’s DC United and Red Bull New York. This year’s event will begin on Thursday, November 15th with the first day of matches being played on Friday, November 16th. Championship matches are scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th.