December 3, 2012 - United Soccer League (USL)
TAMPA, Fla. - United Soccer Leagues has designated the Army National Guard as the "Official Military Branch of USL" and the primary sponsor of the 2012 Super Y-League North American Finals, set for December 7-11 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and the 2012 Major Beach Soccer National Championship, to be held December 15-16 in Clearwater, Florida.
Through the relationship, the Army National Guard (ARNG) will work with USL to develop and promote grassroots soccer initiatives throughout the U.S.
"USL provides the National Guard with great inroads to reach high caliber youth soccer players," SFC David Therrell said. "This partnership gives ARNG the ability to inform these players about benefits and opportunities that can help prepare them for their futures."
The Army National Guard will enjoy a high profile presence at the 2012 Super Y-League North American Finals through the presentation of limited-edition medals to all participants, venue signage and on-site elements. Other aspects of the partnership will see the Army National Guard partner with PDL, W-League, Super-20 League and Super Y-League clubs on youth camps and clinics throughout 2013, while also having a presence at the 2013 USL Youth AGM January 16-19 in Indianapolis.
The mission of the Army National Guard is to maintain properly trained and equipped units, available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as otherwise needed. The Army National Guard is a partner with the Active Army and the Army Reserves in fulfilling the country's military needs.
"The Army National Guard has made it clear it intends to support and grow youth soccer at all levels in the U.S. through grassroots programs, which makes them an ideal partner," USL CEO Alec Papadakis said. "USL's youth initiatives align perfectly with the goals of the Army National Guard, and we look forward to working to continue to grow youth soccer in the U.S."