Virginia Alliance win South Atlantic, clinch berth into Super-Y League North American finals
The Under-13 Virginia Alliance Girls Super Y-League team locked up the South Atlantic Division championship last week, granting them an automatic berth into the Super Y-League North American Finals. The U-13 Alliance completed a dominant 2012 season performance and will compete for the continental title in December.
Led by head coach Todd Hamlin, the U-13 Alliance posted an undefeated 9-0-1 record during the summer, the only dropped points resulting from a 3-3 draw with current South Atlantic Division runners-up Atlanta Fire United. The team scored 28 goals in 10 games and the stout defense only allowed seven goals during the season.
The U-13 Alliance girls are the first team from the girl’s side of the Northern Virginia Football Club to qualify for the Super Y-League championships. Additionally, the U12 Northern Virginia Majestics can secure a spot in the Finals by winning two of their three remaining games and the U-17 Majestics remain in the hunt for a trip to Florida this winter.
A total of 16 boys teams and 12 girls teams from the Mid Atlantic, Midwest, New England, and Southeast divisions will join the South Atlantic Division to compete for the U-13 championship. With two allocations assigned to the South Atlantic, the final spot is still in contention between FASA and Atlanta Fire United, each with one game remaining.
The USL Super Y-League North American Finals presented by Umbro will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and are scheduled for December 7-11.
The showcase event – one of the top college recruiting events in the country – features more than 130 boys and girls teams and 2,500 players from throughout the U.S. and Canada competing for the right to be called North American champions.
In each of the six age groups, 8-16 boys teams and 4-12 girls teams will travel to Bradenton to compete for the national championship. The 2012 version of the Super Y-League Finals is the greatest representative of elite youth talent in North America and encompasses nine regions across the United States and Canada.
Northern Virginia Football Club is comprised of the Northern Virginia Royals (male), Northern Virginia Majestics (female), and Virginia Alliance (male and female) USL teams. The club was represented by 26 players in the SYL OPD National Camp pool and six teams at the 2011 SYL Finals. Northern Virginia FC took the top spot in the Super Y-League First 11 rankings, a system that combines team performance, division championships, and club operations.