Indiana Invaders U13 girls' travel soccer team from South Bend, IN, is headed to nationals.
The team competed all summer in the regional Super Y League and qualified for the 2013 North American Finals, to be held Dec. 5-9 at the world-class IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida--the same facility where the U.S. Women's National Team trained for the London Olympics.
Invaders will compete against some of the best soccer teams in the country in three days of group play Dec. 5-7, with semifinals and finals set for Dec. 8-9.
Created in 1999 with 12 teams, the Super Y League now includes nearly 80 clubs from throughout the United States and Canada, with an average of 500 teams competing in the league every summer.
Many of the clubs participating in the league are now affiliated with the top professional and amateur men's and women's sides of USL and Major League Soccer, providing a pyramid of development that mirrors those in traditional soccer nations around the world.
Between 8-16 boys teams and 6-8 girls teams will qualify for the 2013 Super Y-League North American Finals in U12 through U17 age divisions.
Invaders U13 Girls team won its northern Indiana league last fall and advanced to a central Indiana league last spring. The team also won that league scoring more goals all season than all of its competitors combined. Each game, with the exception of one, was a shut-out. The Invaders team was accepted into the Midwest Regional League (MRL) for this fall. Several girls on the team also play for Indiana's Olympic Development Program (ODP) team.
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