ANOTHER league? Yes, and this one is worth learning about.
Off the top of my head, I’m going to rattle off a list of youth soccer leagues around SoCal. Here goes:
- San Diego Youth Soccer League (SDYSL)
- Presidio’s SDDA
- Coast Soccer League (CSL)
- National Premier League (NPL)
- Developmental Players League (DPL)
- Development Academy
- National League
- (and I’m sure I’m missing some!)
There’s one more league I didn’t include in that list up there:
USL’s Super Y League — a top summer league for youth
“Super Y League” is a summer league for competitive youth soccer players, and it is part of the USL. That’s the same USL of USL San Diego.
USL San Diego (team name coming soon!) will be playing in the USL Championship, the US Soccer professional tier directly below MLS, in 2020.
Two San Diego competitive youth clubs are a part of Super Y League Southwest Division: Rebels SC and Oceanside Breakers. The rest of the Super Y League divisions span across the country.
“The league serves as a supplemental platform to the traditional spring & fall leagues.”
Cameron Koubek, USL communications director, told me, “The league serves as a supplemental platform to the traditional spring & fall leagues.” Beginning in May and wrapping up in August, top boys and girls teams nation-wide compete in a round-robin league within their regional division. Teams compete for the top spots in their divisions, earning a place in the Super Y League National Championships.”
Is Super Y League a part of US Youth Soccer or US Club Soccer?
Wondering how players and teams are registered, I asked Koubek if SYL falls under US Youth Soccer or US Club soccer. He told me, “Super Y League sanctioning, carding & registration all go directly through the U.S. Soccer Federation. … Our member clubs utilize our independent carding system, so they can compete in other competitions such as CalSouth or CRL without any conflicts.”
SYL National Championships: Dec 13-19
The 2019 Super Y League National Championships will be held December 13th through the 19th in Tampa Bay, Florida:
USL Experience for individual players
Players participating in Super Y League are also working to be chosen for the “USL Experience.” Koubek described, “USL Experience is a yearly ID event where the top 1% Boys & Girls U13-U16 Super Y League players are hosted by a USL Championship club. USL Experience is an elite multi-day residential experience, providing an unprecedented look into the pro ranks while connecting the Super Y League’s top young players to the professional level. Several Southwest players were selected for this past year’s USL Experience & thrived throughout the event.”
After the Super Y League has wrapped up for the year, individual players are notified that they have been chosen for the USL Experience. Players chosen for USLX are only responsible for travel to and from the event. Everything else —lodging, transportation, meals, apparel/gear, USL match day tickets—is fully covered by USL & Super Y League. In April 2019, the “USLX” is was hosted by the USL Championship club Tampa Bay Rowdies.