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2020 Expansion Window Open

08/12/2019, 11:30am EDT
By Staff

Review Process Underway for 2020 Membership Consideration

As 80+ member clubs and 600+ teams are fighting for qualification to the 2019 Super Y League National Finals, the league has begun accepting applicants for new membership in the upcoming 2019 season.

Here's all you need to know about the Super Y League:


Built around five essential pillars, the Super Y League’s standards for membership consist of several core values.

  • First, clubs must satisfy league standards in three critical evaluation metrics, including club-to-club communication, club-to-league communication and competitive performance.
  • Second, current competition in other high-level platforms is a positive factor, including U.S. Development Academy, Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), National Premier Leagues (NPL) and USYS National Leagues.
  • Third, clubs are encouraged to employ a full-time Director of Coaching. The DOC’s role in the league is to lead their club’s participation in the USL Scouting Network by nominating players to potentially be included in the SYL National Player Pool.
  • Fourth, clubs are expected to include a full-time dedicated operations and administrative staff. This is encouraged to uphold and maintain league standards and expectations.
  • Fifth, clubs are encouraged to apply if they have a heartfelt desire to expand their current club programing and national player exposure opportunities through the SYL’s unique platform and connection to the United Soccer Leagues.

Several current SYL member clubs are exemplary representatives of these pillars, including Midwest United FC, Ironbound SC, Northern Virginia SC, Liverpool FC MI, DDYSC and Atlanta Fire United.

For clubs that meet these criteria, the Super Y League is now accepting club applications for the 2020 season. All applications are reviewed by SYL staff on a rolling basis, and all clubs interested in becoming members must submit an application.


All member clubs compete during their SYL regular seasons for a chance to earn an invitation to Super Y League National Finals. Set to be held for the first time at the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex in Tampa, Florida in 2019, the SYL Finals bring together 120 teams to compete across Boys and Girls U13-U19 groups to crown 10 national champions. The SYL Finals are attended by dozens of collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team scouts, as well as numerous SYL & USL Corporate partners dedicated to helping athletes progress their playing careers to the next level.


The USL Experience is a one-of-a-kind, three-day residential experience in which more than 70 of the best SYL athletes are invited to train with and learn from the professionals at a United Soccer League club. Players scouted through the National Player Pool, at showcase weekends and at the SYL Finals can earn a trip to a USL city, where they’ll experience a fully professional environment - including a media day, training with top SYL and USL coaches, matches against top-tier academy opposition and watching a USL match while being celebrated on-field at halftime. While being observed by scouts from professional clubs, colleges and U.S. Soccer, players have an opportunity to stand out as being among the best of the best league-wide, all while enjoying an unforgettable experience.

The inaugural USL Experience in 2016 was hosted by FC Cincinnati, followed by San Antonio FC in 2017, Phoenix Rising FC in 2018, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2019.


One of the primary benefits of the SYL is the direct connection the league provides to the professional and collegiate game in the United States through the USL Championship, USL League One and USL League Two. Several SYL clubs have demonstrated a direct pathway to the professional level, with clubs such as Manhattan SC, Westchester Flames, Houston FC, and Cedar Stars Academy fielding both USL League Two and Super Y League teams.



The Super Y League has a history of producing many notable alumni, including U.S. Men’s National Team stars Jozy Altidore of Toronto FC in Major League Soccer and DeAndre Yedlin of Newcastle United in the English Premier League. Recent alumni also include Atlanta United FC’s Andrew Carleton and Lagos Kunga, as well as Zyen Jones of Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga.

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