Northern Virginia FC in the Community Royals and Majestics Lead Development in Northern VirginiaThe Northern Virginia Football Club (NOVA FC) was established in 1997 as a member of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL). While the USISL has gone through realignments and subsequent name changes over the years, NOVA FC has also adapted and grown to meet the needs of the Northern Virginia soccer community.
As USISL evolved through the years into what is now known as the United Soccer Leagues (USL), it has developed a full top-to-bottom approach in fostering soccer development in North America. Partnered with U.S. Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Federation, the USL has perfected a club structure tailored to the progressive expansion of soccer on the continent. NOVA FC has embraced this complete club model structure and focuses exclusively on development at all levels to promote the beautiful game.
The USL has always maintained a central vision to provide quality family entertainment while developing the game of soccer in every community across North America. Since its birth two decades ago, USL has expanded to incorporate two men’s professional leagues (the USL First Division and USL Second Division), a men’s developmental league (the USL Premier Development League), and a woman’s league (USL W-League). The USL Super-20 League acts as a stepping-stone to fill the void between amateur and youth levels while the Super Y-League, the top youth league in North America, serves as a supporting infrastructure in the USL model.
NOVA FC is one such full service club dedicated to the USL vision of North American soccer development. Partnered with the Northern Virginia Soccer Club at the youth level, NOVA FC strives to provide development of players at all ages and levels. In addition to introducing children as young as five to soccer in the form of camps, clinics, and related games, NOVA FC also fields numerous senior teams to extend the club beyond the PDL and W-League age levels. The Northern Virginia Majestics recently won the Over 40 Women’s National Championship title in 2006 with several members from the 1999 inaugural Majestics W-League team.
Dedicated to the growth of soccer at the grassroots level in the Northern Virginia community, NOVA FC illustrates its full service club structure as a developmental pyramid.
Northern Virginia Royals Club History Established in 1998, the Northern Virginia Royals began professional club play in what is now called the USL Second Division. The Royals remained exclusively a professional team until 2005 when the team joined the larger PDL. With the PDL team serving as the top amateur level of a very broad youth structure, the Royals renewed their focus of providing the highest developmental opportunities for the players graduating from the Super Y-League teams. With the addition of the Royals Super-20 team, more opportunities are now available for players intent on preparing for professional soccer careers.
Since it inaugural season, the Royals have only been led by a single head coach, Silvino Gonzalo. Working closely with MLS club D.C. United over the years, the Royals have fostered some historic MLS stars and provided an ideal platform for the launch of some talented careers. With the focus securely on development, the Royals still promise to provide Northern Virginia the best in minor league soccer action.
Professional Players from the Royals Program Bryan Namoff (D.C. United) Troy Perkins (D.C. United) Curt Onalfo (Head Coach of Kansas City Wizards, U.S. National Olympic Team, DC United, San Jose Clash, LA Galaxy) Tom Presthus (D.C. United) AJ Wood (D.C. United) Santino Quaranta (D.C. United, LA Galaxy) Judah Cooks (D.C. United) Mark Simpson (Assistant Coach of D.C. United, D.C. United)
Northern Virginia Majestics Club History Established in 1999, the Northern Virginia Majestics have become one of the oldest continuously operating women’s soccer clubs in North America. With the W-League team serving as the top amateur level of a very broad youth structure, the Majestics maintain their focus of providing the highest developmental opportunities for the players graduating from the Super Y-League teams. With the addition of the Majestics Super-20 team, more opportunities are now available for players preparing for future soccer careers.
The Majestics have reached the W-League playoffs three times in the clubs nine-year history: 2002, 2003 and last season 2006. The Majestics program has garnered numerous league awards to include several All W-League First and Second Team selections and Players of the Week. The club won both W-League Rookie of the Year (Elizabeth Baidu) and Coach of the Year (Hank Leung) in 2002. Administratively, the Majestics won Executive of the Year honors in 2000.
Professional Players from the Majestics Program Keri Sarver (New York Power) Wu Yao (Bejing FC) Wang Fei (Beijing FC) Elizabeth Baidu (Ghana Womens National Team) Alberta Sackey (Ghana Women’s National Team) Adjoa Bayor (Ghana Women’s National Team) Basilea Amoah-Tetteh (Ghana Women’s National Team)