SYL Regular Season First 11 Announced
32 clubs heading to Tampa for 10th Annual SYL North American Finals
USL News Release
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced today the Super Y-League First and Second 11 Club rankings for the 2008 regular season, recognizing the league’s top clubs on a competitive and administrative basis. The release of the list precedes the 10th Annual Super Y-League North American Finals, where all but five of the 37 clubs in the rankings will be competing for 10 championships that are up-for-grabs beginning Friday, November 21. The clubs will also be recognized during USL’s Annual General Meeting, the second half of USL’s SoccerFest, which is held in conjunction with the North American Finals in downtown Tampa.
The Super Y-League launched the First and Second 11 Ranking System in 2005 with the top clubs ranked from 1-22 in three categories: overall, boys and girls. The extensive growth of the USL Super-20 League in the past three seasons has led to the inclusion of the under-20 league in the ranking process. The rankings are based primarily upon the on-field results. Winning percentage accounts for 70 percent of the score while 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 Senior Director of Youth League Development, Jeff McRaney. “United Soccer Leagues wanted a way to salute those clubs who consistently succeed not only on the field but off the field as well.”
The Chicago Magic, who were the regular season overall leaders in both 2005 and 2006 before falling off the pace last season, have rebounded in 2008. This season the Magic achieved the top score in both the overall and the boys’ regular season rankings with a final score of 82.3 (overall) and 87.2 (boys). The club’s girls finished the season with a ranking of 71.3, up from last season’s 62.4 to move into ninth. In 2007, Chicago’s boys finished with a ranking of 73.4, good enough for 10th. That number reflects the Magic’s performance at the North American Finals, where their boys teams went 7-1-4 and won the U17 North American Championship. The title was the Magic’s ninth Super Y-League title, the most of any club.
On the girls’ side, the Washington Freedom, who are sending their U13, U14 and U16 girls to this season’s North American Finals topped the female rankings. Including the club’s Super-20 League side, the Freedom finished the regular season with a club record of 47-8-5 for a winning percentage of .783. Last season the club scored a 76.0 in the girls’ regular season rankings. That mark improved by more than 10 points this season as the club finished clear of the second place Cleveland Internationals by just 0.8 of a point.
However, the Internationals, who finished eighth in last season’s regular season girls rankings, shot to the top of the First 11 Girls 2007 Final Rankings after winning three North American Championships. Their 14-0-1 record at the league finals boosted the club’s ranking from a 96.8 regular season ranking to a 105.8 final ranking, the only score in any of the three categories to surpass the century mark in the four-year history of the ranking system.