The 2006 Super Y-League North American Finals begin Friday and run through next Wednesday in the Tampa area with more than 140 teams competing in 10 boys and girls age groups (U-13 to U-17).
2006 Super Y-League North American finalists
MLS's New York Red Bulls and D.C. United will be
represented. The Red Bulls will have teams in the U-17, U-15 and U-14 boys divisions; D.C. United will have teams in the U-15 and U-13 boys divisions.
The Red Bulls' U-17 team, the
defending age group champion, will face longtime Super Y-League power Kendall SC of Florida on Saturday an the game will be aired on Dec. 2 on Fox Soccer Channel at 5 pm ET.
Whitecaps and Richmond Kickers, the USL D1 and D2 champions, will both be represented in Tampa. Many traditional youth powerhouses have entrants, including the Chicago Magic, ranked No. 1 in the 2006 Soccer America Best Clubs Top 20
and the preliminary 2006 Super
Y-League overall rankings
The North American Finals are being held in conjunction with the USL's annual SoccerFest
. Among the
guests will be former England star Alan Shearer,
who will speak at the coaching symposium.