What are the age groups?
USL Super Y determines the age groups. In 2017 they will be as follows for Girls:
U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U16 , U18 – Birth year registration calendars will now align with the start of the calendar year and run from January to December.
U16 will consist of both U15 and U16 players
U18 will consist of both U17 and U18 players
U10 – Born in 2007
U11 – Born in 2006
U12 – Born in 2005
U13 – Born in 2004
U14 – Born in 2003
U16 – Born in 2001
U18 – Born in 1999
Where do you play?
In 2016 Baltimore teams trained and played in both Howard County and Towson, Maryland DC Metro teams trained and played home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Virginia teams trained and played out of Vienna, VA. The same expectations remain for the 2017 program, but final training locations will be set by February 1, 2017.
Will players have access to the pro team?
Yes. Academy players will have frequent opportunities to meet our professional players, will be invited to observe professional training sessions, and will receive tickets for our home games among other benefits.
Who will coach?
Teams will be coached by assigned Washington Spirit Youth staff, with emphasis on player’s personal technical and tactical skills development the primary factor. Teams of similar ages will train frequently at the same time and same fields in order to maximize opportunities for players to gain a range of experience as well as observed by multiple coaches. All coaches and the program curriculum will be overseen ultimately by our professional team head coach, Jim Gabarra. (Coaches interested in applying for Academy positions should use the Contact Form here)
When is the season and who do we play?
The teams will play in mostly others clubs in Maryland and Virginia, with some games possible in PA and New Jersey.
- Training 2 nights a week can start as early as late May, with games possible from early June into August. Depending on the size of the divisions, the number of games will vary, with a total of 8-10 games the best assumption.
How much does it cost?
The full cost of the program varies by location and age, but ranges between $700 and $850 – including any tryout fees. The fee covers fields, insurance, referees, coaching, uniforms, league fees, and others etc. It does not include travel costs.
Your fully paid Super Y League program fee includes 1 full General Admission level Season Ticket to our 2017 NWSL season, but since kids don’t usually like to sit alone, you can add more seats for the family or friends here now at a 10% discount.
There are no refunds for players accepting invitations unless a season ending injury is sustained.
How many players will be selected for each Super Y League team?
U10-11 rosters are allowed 18 players, while U12-U18 allow 26 players. In order to have adequate numbers for all games, we always expect to carry the full allowed roster sizes. The players will compete for the 18-player roster that will be selected for each game day. The large roster size is necessary to accommodate absences due to summer vacations.
Where can I learn more about the Super-Y League?
For more information about USL Super-Y League, click here.
How is the Super Y program connected to the Spirit’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy?
The Super Y League is the highest level of youth play and coaching offered by the Washington Spirit below our Maryland and Virginia U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. As all players and coaches train and work ultimately under the direction of our professional team coaching staff, the philosophy behind what we believe maximizes a player’s chances at one day being a professional is the same in Super Y as it is for our Development Academy teams and above. If a Super Y player is deemed someone who might be capable of competing at the Development Academy level, they will be invited to train with one of those teams.
Does playing for the Washington Spirit increase a player’s chances of becoming a professional or national team player?
Yes. Besides becoming the best possible player she can be by learning from the only fully professional women’s club in the region; the opportunity to be seen by coaches and scouts who can directly invite a player to the next level of opportunity is something that no other club in the region has to offer more than the Spirit. Be it from a camp to Super Y, Super Y to the Development Academy, the Development Academy to a youth National Team or Spirit Reserves team, and from any of the above to the NWSL professional team; all players in any Washington Spirit program will learn from, and be seen by, coaches who have a direct line of communication to each other at every level of play available.
Can I upgrade the Season Ticket that comes with my Super Y registration?
Yes, call the Spirit ticketing office at 301-591-0927 and a representative can walk you through available options and upgrade costs, as well as add-on ticket packages.
Where can I ask more questions?
Use this form to submit your question.
Program Administrator: Denise Caldwell
Technical Director: Jim Gabarra
Baltimore – Assistant Technical Director: TBA
Maryland – Assistant Technical Director: AJ DeLaurentis
Virginia – Assistant Technical Director: George Hales