For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 12, 2002
USL, US CLUB SOCCER ANNOUNCE COOPERATIVE EFFORT
Partnership to advance and change structure of competitive youth soccer in the U.S.
TAMPA, FL and CHICAGO, IL – United Soccer Leagues President Francisco Marcos and US Club Soccer Executive Director Bill Sage announced today an official agreement to advance competitive youth soccer in the United States and to provide better opportunities for clubs, players and coaches between their two organizations. It recognizes the USL’s Super Y-League as the nation’s premier youth soccer league and US Club Soccer as the principal development organization for soccer clubs in the US and as the national cup provider for both organizations.
Other elements of agreement include Super Y-League teams registering with US Club Soccer, and thereby participating in US Club Soccer's 2003 National Cup, administrative and club development support provided by US Club Soccer and a joint effort to further the development of top level youth leagues throughout the country.
“This partnership is a very important step in taking youth soccer from its very fragmented status to one of unification, helping to establish a much-needed vertical integration at the youth level similar to that already seen at the amateur and professional levels,” said USL President Francisco Marcos. “As reciprocal partners in this agreement, the Super Y-League and US Club Soccer are creating the blueprint for competitive youth soccer in the U.S.”
Bill Sage, US Club Executive Director stated, "US Club Soccer recognizes the success the Super Y-League has had in developing a national youth league, and recognizes that league as the pinnacle of youth league play in the country. We will continue to sanction local and appropriate regional leagues as a service to our club members, and assist the Super Y-League in their development goals. We also welcome the Super Y-League teams, clearly some of the top competitive teams in the country, to our 2003 National Cup.”
“The agreement allows each of the organizations to focus on its strengths, creating a greater efficiency among resources,” said Super Y-League Director Matt Weibe. “With US Club Soccer acting as our administrative arm handling things such as player registration, we can focus on the Super Y-League and youth competition. US Club Soccer can now focus on its administrative strengths of bringing the nation’s youth soccer clubs together to help implement a soccer infrastructure.”
“We see the establishment of regional and local leagues as second and third division leagues through US Club Soccer in conjunction with the Super Y-League as a critical step in the advancement of youth soccer,” said Weibe. “The idea is to establish a regional relegation and promotion system within youth soccer to ensure that the best teams at each age level are in the appropriate league regardless of which club they are from. The creation of the US Club Soccer National Cup also provides clubs with the opportunity to capture a national youth league title and a national cup championship.”
About the Super Y-League
The Super Y-League is an elite North American youth league designed for the top one percent of elite youth players in the United States and Canada. As a national affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Super Y-League provides the national league structure to develop players and helps identify elite players for National Team programs through ODP status programs such as the SYL Finals and Regional Select Team weekends.
About US Club Soccer
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization committed exclusively to the support and development of competitive soccer clubs. It is founded on the belief that soccer clubs, which are in the business of elite player development, need an organization of their own to foster growth, address concerns, and sanction and provide programs with a minimum of rules and restrictions. US Club Soccer provides a National Cups competition that will expand to U14 to U18 in 2003.
Super Y-League US Club Soccer Agreement Quick Facts
US Club Soccer is recognized by the Super Y-League as the principle developer of clubs in the United States and its national cup provider.
US Club Soccer will provide and administrate the registration of players, coaches and teams for the Super Y-League.
Second and third division leagues will be created by US Club Soccer to serve as lower level leagues beneath the Super Y-League.
All tournament sanctioning for Super Y-League and US Club Soccer members will be done through US Club Soccer.
Both organizations will work together to provide the best opportunities and environment for youth soccer players in the United States.
Matt Weibe, Director SYL
U.S. Club Soccer
Bill Sage, Executive Director