Super Y-League News Release
Monday, October 1, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - The Super Y-League announced today four more teams from two Florida clubs that have qualified and accepted bids for the 2012 North American Finals from December 7-11 at the world-class facilities of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Already having qualified teams in other divisions, VSI West Florida Flames and FC America have added to their representation at the Super Y-League Finals and enjoy the top-quality competition in store for teams from throughout the United States and Canada.
Based on the Gulf Coast and in the greater Tampa Bay area VSI West Florida Flames' U12 girls, U13 boys, and U14 boys will not have far to travel come December with Bradenton neighboring to the south. The U12 girls finished the season second in the Southeast division with a 4-1-2 record while the U13 boys also finished in second place going 6-4-0. VSI's U15 boys did one better in winning their group within the division going 7-1-1 while outscoring the opposition 37-8 along the way.
Orlando-based FC America's U14 girls won't have to travel far either as they face some of the nation's best at the SYL Finals. Finishing the regular season with a 4-2-2 record FC America will now turn their focus on winning a national championship.
In its 14th consecutive year, the SYL North American Finals has helped launched the careers of many notable U.S. soccer stars such as Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo and 2010 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year Mollie Pathman.
With 130 teams competing, the total daily attendance for December’s Super Y-League North American Finals is expected to exceed 15,000, and fill more than 7,000 hotel rooms in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Earlier this year, IMG hosted the Super-20 Finals, the Super Y-League Olympic Development Program (ODP) National Camps for boys and girls, and the USL PRO Combine.
The world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex, IMG Academy has already hosted a myriad of soccer team training camps in 2012, including clubs such as the Seattle Sounders, D.C. United, Columbus Crew, Sweden’s Malmö FF, as well as the U.S. Women’s National Team preparing for the London Olympic Games and the Antigua & Barbuda Men’s National Team preparing for World Cup qualifying. The Super-20 League North American Finals were also held in Bradenton from July 19-22.