SYA Travel Teams Participate in:
The Club Champions League was founded in January 2013 as 15 distinguished soccer clubs in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, agreed to form their own league based on a simple concept that included three main features:
- Superior Competition
- A Model for Player Development and
- A Governing Board made up of Professional Soccer Directors from each club.
The CCL is based on the philosophy that the player is a member of the club as well as a member of the team and that successful clubs develop players and teams from within.
The Clubs in the CCL are SYA, Beach FC, FC Richmond, Roanoke Star, Virginia Legacy, Arlington, Braddock Road, Fredericksburg FC, Loudoun, SOCA, Lee Mount Vernon, Potomac Soccer Club, DC Stoddert, FC Frederick, McLean, Maryland United and Ellicott City (CCL2 only).
An Executive Director manages the CCL and Board of Directors made up of the Directors of Coaching from each of its members clubs.
Unique to the CCL is the coordinated club-to-club traveling schedule. Each club’s entire contingent of teams (U11-U18, boys and girls) travels together to all away games. Start times are staggered allowing coaching directors and multiplayer families to watch several games. The compact yet comprehensive schedule also provides each club with greater flexibility in scheduling tournaments and friendly games during the regular season.
Until Fall 2016, NCSL was a boys only league. They have now incorporated the girls teams which used to play in WAGS. NCSL offers league play to travel teams from U9 through U19. Promotion and relegation begin at U12; until then, there is effort made to balance competition but standings are not kept. NCSL teams come from all over the state of Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia south to the Fredericksburg area.
Old Dominion Soccer League – ODSL
ODSL is another option for SYA teams. This league also includes both boys and girls teams. Game take place largely in Northern Virginia, though the boundary extends farther west, encompassing areas like Winchester, Culpeper, and Warrenton.