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By Admin, 08/29/07, 2:00PM EDT


RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, August 29, 2007) – The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club is pleased to announce that the Kickers U-13 Super Y-League Girls team has qualified for the Super Y-League North American Finals to be held November 15-20, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.

Finishing at the top of the standings in their region, second overall in the South Atlantic Division, the Kickers U-13 Girls concluded the 2007 Super Y-League season with a record of 9-2-2 and 29 points in 13 games played.  They competed alongside regional opponents Northern Virginia Majestics, Carolina Dynamo, Richmond Strikers and FC Fredericksburg.  Divisional foes included Atlanta Silverbacks Jrs., Charlotte Soccer Club, CASL RailHawks, Triangle FC and Atlanta Fire United.  

"It has been exciting to work with such a dedicated group of young ladies who have shown a commitment to training at a high level throughout the summer,” comments Head Coach Rob Ukrop. “The key to our success is that we are a family, working together to achieve good results both on and off the field. We are thrilled to represent the Richmond community at Nationals."

The greatest representative of elite youth talent in North America, the Super Y-League North American Finals is a five-day tournament that includes over 130 of the best youth soccer teams in the US and Canada from U13 to U17 for boys and girls.  A total of 16 teams will clash at every age level in the boys divisions while 12 teams on the girls’ side will meet from each of the five age divisions. Regarded as the top youth soccer event in North America, teams qualify from their respective regions and will face the best from nine regions across the United States and Canada in a quest to become league champions.  The event will include over 5,000 players, parents and spectators.  This year’s event will begin on November 15th with the first day of matches being played on Friday, November 16th.  Championship matches are slated for Tuesday, November 20th.

The USL Super Y-League is a professionalized system that serves as the first step to developing youth soccer players in North America.  Affiliated with US Soccer, the league is designed for talented youth players destined for professional and international careers.  The league is made up of a series of regional leagues within the framework of a North American league containing the top clubs and players for the United States and Canada.  The creation and success of the league has revolutionized the approach to youth player development in North America.