TAMPA, Fla. - With the unveiling of the final team and individual honors for the Super Y-League, the 2008 United Soccer Leagues SoccerFest, came to an exciting close. Held November 20-25, the USL SoccerFest included the Super Y North American Finals, which features elite level competition at the Ed Radice Sports Complex and the Land O Lakes Recreation Complex (Pasco County) as well as the Annual General Meetings at the Hyatt Regency for USL’s senior leagues.
“Once again, the USL SoccerFest proved to be an outstanding showcase event encompassing all the facets of the organization, from our top flight USL First Division men’s professional league all the way down to the U13 youth leagues,” said USL Founder and President Francisco Marcos. “I was very proud to welcome very important special guests as we continue to forge international relations that could lead to future USL franchises or partnerships abroad. I know they were all very impressed and I expect announcements soon about some of our upcoming developments.”
“We could not be more excited to continue this dynamic partnership with United Soccer Leagues,” said Tampa Bay Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins. The 2008 USL Super Y-League Finals accounted for 7700 room nights, generated by 136 teams, 132 of which were from out of town.
“The Super Y-League is one of the most elite soccer leagues that kids can compete in,” Super Y-League interim director Erin McGauley said. “There were 75 college and national scouts that kids played in front of with the potential to move on to the next level.” The tournament, which features teams made up of some of the best young talent, includes 136 teams, all of which had to qualify through their regular Super Y-League season.