TAMPA, Fla. – The Super Y League announced today Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) Academy has joined for the 2020 season. LIJSL Academy teams will start competing this summer in the North Atlantic Division.
The organization is based in Ronkonkoma, New York, and will add to a strong contingent of Super Y clubs in the greater New York City region.
“The Super Y League provides us the competition that we need on a weekly basis,” said LIJSL Academy Director Ronan Wiseman. “Our teams are ready to take on higher competition and we believe that the Super Y League offers that.”
The addition of Super Y competition to the LIJSL calendar follows LIJSL's announcement of its transition to LIJSL Academy from the former Player Development Program. LIJSL Academy’s revamped philosophy emphasizes expanded commitment to elite-level training and increased participation in the country’s most competitive youth leagues, and sees joining Super Y League as a major step toward both these objectives.
"Participation in Super Y League this summer is an integral part of our newly-announced direction for player development and growth in our LIJSL Academy," said LIJSL Managing Director Steve Padaetz. "The higher level provided by the footprint of this national competition is a perfect complement to our programs' elite-level training."
“We’re excited to provide the platform for LIJSL to embark on this new era of programming,” said Dominic Colarusso, USL Manager of Youth League Growth & Development. “The LIJSL Academy’s vision to elevate player development efforts will be enhanced through competing in Super Y League, while giving their players the chance of qualifying for our National Championship.”
The LIJSL Academy will hold tryouts during the coming months, which will be announced at a later date. For more info on the LIJSL Academy, click here.
About Super Y League
The Super Y League is part of United Soccer Leagues, LLC, which also operates USL Championship and USL League One at the professional level and USL League Two at the pre-professional level. Super Y offers a summer platform for elite youth soccer players, with the national Super Y League Finals taking place each December and the USL Experience giving young players the chance to immerse themselves in a professional soccer environment each spring.