Following several years in the USISL D3 Professional League, the Northern Virginia Royals initiated its youth program as a founding member of the fledgling Super Y-League in 2000. Over the past sixteen years, Northern Virginia FC has grown to include several affiliate soccer clubs and produced thousands of youth players in the Virginia and DC metro area.
The only other Super Y-League (SYL) clubs that equal the impressive span are fellow founding members Westchester Flames (Westchester, NY) and Ironbound SC (Newark, NJ).
In 2001, the USISL both shortened its name to United Soccer Leagues (USL) and also began the first girl's division of the Super Y-League at the U18 age level. In this inaugural season of the female SYL, the Northern Virginia Majestics claimed the first ever girl's national championship in dramatic fashion. Led by W-League head coach Hank Leung, the U18 Majestics scored a tying goal in injury time against the Boston Renegades to secure the aggragate point total necessary to claim the North American title at the fianls in Raleigh, NC.
Since 2001, Northern Virginia FC has won four other North American titles, appeared in fifteen champinship final matches, and sent well over 100 teams to the SYL Finals events. Additionally, the club has earned over 700 Olympic Development Program (ODP) annual camp selections through its Super Y-League program.
United Soccer Leagues (USL) announced earlier this month the final Super Y-League (SYL) First and Second-11 Club rankings for the 2011 regular season, recognizing the league’s top clubs on a competitive and administrative basis. Northern Virginia Royals (boys) and Majestics (girls) youth soccer teams, together with partner club VA Alliance, earned thirteenth place overall of the 110 Super Y-league clubs in North America.
With the 2011 ranking, Northern Virginia finished in the top twenty Super Y-League rankings for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the Northern Virginia Royals program landed a number ten spot in separate First-11 Club honors for their success the past season.
Taking top honors across both the boys and girls divisions were MPS Bulldogs/Renegades Soccer Club from Boston, Massachussetts as the club accumulated a total of 93.97 points. The Northern Virginia Majestics/Royals grabbed the prestigious number one ranking a two years ago with a score of 81.80 for the 2009 season.