The excitement surrounding our ambitious next chapter continues to build. Rhode Island Surf is delighted to announce the appointment of Brad Furnival as our new Girls Academy Director! As we take these next steps forward as a club in supplying an additional elite tier to our girls program, we recognize the necessity in supporting this growth with not only the top personel, but the right hires that share the same ideology of continuous improvement. Brad will be joining current staff members Aleksej Skundric, Lindsay Longval, and Max Philpott to form the Rhode Island Surf Girls Elite Director's Committee.

Furnival joins Rhode Island Surf as one of the most recognized names in the New England youth soccer landscape, most notably being named the 2021 Massachusetts Youth Soccer Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. He brings with a him wealth of honors, experience, knowledge, and most importantly, passion for youth soccer. In addition to his 2021 honor, Furnival's accolades include:

  • 4-time Massachusetts State Champion
  • USSF B License in coaching (currently enrolled in the A license program)
  • 10 years of experience as a Club Director

Speaking on Furnival's appointment, Girls Director Aleksej Skundric had this to say, "Brad is a personal friend, an exceptional coach, and most importantly, a great person who shares the same vision, passion, values, and ambitions with everyone at Rhode Island Surf. He joins our executive team as someone who is incredibly excited about the prospect of being able to further develop and positively impact our Girls Program. I can't wait to welcome him to our coaching staff and write the next chapter of our journey!"

"Having coached against Brad previously, I can personally attest to not only his professionalism, but also his understanding of the game and passion for developing players and teams," said Girls Assistant Director Lindsay Longval. "This passion, combined with his experience, make him a perfect fit for our future growth and development. I am excited to work with Brad as we continue to grow and expand our ability to provide the 'Best of the Best' playing experience and opportunity for female players in Rhode Island and surrounding areas."


"I am beyond excited to embark on this new chapter as the Director of the Rhode Island Surf Girls academy. It is truly an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of guiding and shaping the future of the Coaches, Teams & Players. 

I am particularly thrilled to be a part of this club as their mission statement and values truly align with my own. The club's focus on developing players from an early age, instilling a love for the game, and fostering a strong sense of teamwork and sportsmanship resonates with me deeply. I have always been impressed with the club's dedication to develop their own players from the onset, which is testament to the club's success.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to the club for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead such a talented group of coaches, teams, and players as we embark on our journey to compete within the prestigious Girls Academy League. 

Together, we will strive for excellence, push boundaries, and ultimately make a lasting impression. Let's dive in, work hard, and achieve greatness together. I can't wait to see what we will accomplish as we ride the waves of success!"

As of today, Brad begins his journey with Rhode Island Surf! The executive board is fortunate to add a leader of his caliber as we head into our next chapter, and are confident that he will make this club the place to be for female players that yearn to play at the highest level. If you encounter Brad on the field, be sure to give him a warm welcome to our community!



RHODE ISLAND, April 15th, 2024: Rhode Island Surf is ecstatic to announce our new strategic partnership with Skillmasters, a leading player-evaluation software used by top youth soccer programs across the United States! Beginning this year, Rhode Island Surf will provide our players with biannual testing conducted by Skillmasters-certified staff to provide your player with top-notch performance data, designed to guide their development in the right direction. Our first use of this technology will be during the Girls Elite I.D. Clinic taking place on April 27th, which you can register for by clicking here.

Skillmasters is a United States-based platform that aims to provide clubs with the proper tools to maximize their development. "The Universal Soccer Rating (USR) tests were designed by Skillmasters and its soccer partners to assess a player's decision-making abilities, game understanding, and on-field intelligence using a set of 19 physical, technical and cognitive tests. Players receive scores for their test results based on their performance relative to the average test results of all other players from the same age group and gender in Skillmasters' universal database" (Description provided by Skillmasters).

Partnering with local club organizations, Skillmasters uses sessions run by coaches to implement their USR tests and gather data. Here is what you can expect from the newly-formed partnership:

  • Performance analytics: Rhode Island Surf coaches will be provided with an advanced analytics platform that will allow us to make data-proven decisions related to the ways in which we conduct training sessions.
  • Personal Player Development Tools: Video analysis, skill assessments and personalized training plans will be made available to Rhode Island Surf players that participate in testing.

We look forward to the ground-breaking development our players will experience through Skillmasters. Join Rhode Island Surf as we continue to pioneer the youth soccer landscape, one ambitious leap at a time!

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B2011 Elite Blue after their most recent tournament victory at the EDP Spring Classic.
B2011 Elite Blue after their most recent tournament victory at the EDP Spring Classic.


Your time to shine begins the week of April 22nd! Rhode Island Surf is thrilled to announce the upcoming dates for our Boys I.D. Clinics, your opportunity to become a part of one of the most ambitious developmental-oriented club soccer programs in all of New England. Players will be invited to directly join in with teams from their respective age groups' training sessions, a concept designed to show you firsthand the approach that our club takes to developing athletes and ultimately producing the finished product seen in game-day performances.

With consideration towards the busy New England soccer Spring schedule, we have allocated both the weeks of April 22nd and May 6th to these sessions with the intention of giving each player from outside of the club an in-depth evaluation of their performances. These clinics are open to players born in the years 2016-2006.

Once the player has registered, Rhode Island Surf's Boys Director of Coaching Martin Yarumian will contact you with specific information regarding the dates, times and locations you will be attending. In addition to this, the lead coach of these sessions will be included for any further questions/additional concerns you have. Don't wait, become apart of the next chapter in this ever-growing club's history and register below!

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G2007 Elite Blue, DPL Summit Champions.
G2007 Elite Blue, DPL Summit Champions.


Exciting news! Rhode Island Surf will be hosting its Girls Elite I.D. Clinic on Tuesday, May 7th, 2024. This clinic serves as the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your skills and prove that you have what it takes to be a part of one of the most successful and ambitious girls programs in all of New England. Join us Tuesday the 7th and experience the high-level environment that Rhode Island Surf has to offer!

This Elite I.D. Clinic is designed to put talented individuals in front of our skilled coaching staff who can then deliver a thorough evaluation after the session has concluded. Players will be evaluated by-way of technical drills, small-sided, and large-sided games.

WHEN: May 7th, 2024

5:30-6:45pm (Birth Years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010)

6:45-8:00pm (Birth Years: 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2006/2007)

WHERE: Murray Family Athletic Complex, 160 Danforth St, Rehoboth, MA

WHO: Girls players born 2015-2006

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Going forward, Rhode Island Surf will offer one of the most comprehensive player-development pathways in the Northeast and will join a host of Surf Clubs within the Surf Nation community competing on a National Platform.

Both the GA and Development Player Leagues provide unrivaled college-level exposure for girls teams in the U12-U19 age groups. Beginning in the 2024-2025 season, our girls teams will feature in both competitions!

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Rhode Island Surf is excited to announce our addition to the Girls Academy League beginning in the 2024-2025 season. Considered to be the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States, admission to the league marks yet another milestone in the club's upwards trajectory that has been achieved in such a short history.

Founded in 2020, the Girls Academy League (GA League) has taken a unique approach in their development as an elite-level competition. In its current state, there are 10 conferences consisting of 94 clubs, 14,000 players and 1,200 advisory panel members. "The Advisory Panel affords players the opportunity to nominate and maintain a player-led board that represents the thoughts, opinions and vision of the players" (

Assistant Girls Director Lindsay Longval had this to say of Rhode Island Surf's acceptance into the competition, "Since its inception, Rhode Island Surf has set our goals on not only competing in our region, but advancing competitive levels and opportunities beyond for players in Rhode Island. Our acceptance to join the Girls Academy League is a proud moment. This comes from the hard work and commitment of our players and coaches, with tremendous support from the families. The Girls Academy League is a unique elite female platform which shares a similar holistic athlete development philosophy to RI Surf. The player voice is fostered, included, and respected. We are excited to be aligning ourselves with the Girls Academy League and clubs to provide our players/teams with the nation's best competition, development opportunities, and proven collegiate pathways. While this announcement will prove to be impactful for the advancement of both Rhode Island Surf and the Rhode Island soccer community, we are eager to continue our hard work with our sights set higher to truly showcase what our players and coaches are capable of."

"Rhode Island Surf is both proud and honored to accept membership into the Girls Academy League," said Girls Director Aleksej Skundric, "We are excited to partner with a league and clubs that share the same vision of player empowerment and holistic athlete development as RI Surf.  The unique elite female platform with proven collegiate pathways; and the nations best competition, will surely benefit not only our players, but the soccer landscape of Rhode Island.  There is no better platform to align our values and future advancement of player and team opportunities than the Girls Academy League.

Speaking on the addition of Rhode Island Surf, League Commissioner Trish Hughes had this to say, "Rhode Island Surf brings a surge of talent and determination to the Girls' Academy, showcasing strong leadership and unwavering competitiveness. Their addition not only broadens our presence in Rhode Island but also strengthens the competitive landscape within the NE conference. With Rhode Island Surf on board, we embark on a journey towards new heights, propelled by their passion and commitment to excellence."

The staff here at Rhode Island Surf maintains a deep devotion to providing the highest levels of competition in our player pathway, ensuring our athletes are able to develop in an environment best-suited to their abilities. Exciting times lie ahead for the club and its players!


Last weekend, five of our girls teams travelled South once again to take part in the DPL 2024 Summit. Three of those five (G2007 Elite Blue, G2008 Elite Blue and G2009 Elite) competed in a Champions League-style format that guaranteed a quarterfinal match-up and several consolation contests if they were to bow-out early. Both G2010 and G2011 Elite teams played in a showcase-style event that guaranteed three games.

The DPL's latest high-level event promised excellent competition and a warmer climate for our teams to find their form before their respective Spring Seasons kick-off in April. In an unfortunate turn of events, a 70-year daily rainfall record in the Dallas-Fort Worth area led to the second day of games being cancelled. Coach Jim McGirr did his best to look at the bright side of a rather-gloomy situation, "The weather wasn't agreeable but it lead to some quality team bonding in the hotel, at the mall, cattle drive and plenty of team meals!"

After a resumption of play on day three and a seamless second half of the tournament, our G2007 Elite Blue team battled their way to being crowned as Summit Champions.

G2007 Elite Blue, DPL Summit Champions.
G2007 Elite Blue, DPL Summit Champions.


With only nine players available to make the trip, G2007 Elite Blue were already up against it before they even stepped on the field. Using Surf Nation to his advantage, Coach Pat McCue was able to bring guest players from our G2007 Elite White team as well as New England and Dallas Surf to help push for the trophy.

An opening 2-0 win in the quarterfinal launched the team into a matchup against reigning Summit Champions Sunrise Sting SC. In a tightly-contested semifinal, serial goalscorer Emma Kucal was able to latch onto a hopeful through-ball and slot the ball into the far corner past the onrushing goalkeeper, setting the stage for a final against City SC San Diego. A 2-0 win against the very talented City side secured the trophy for the group, an unbelievable accomplishment for Coach McCue and his team.

"The DPL Summit in Dallas, Texas was a thrilling event for our 2007 Girls Elite Blue Team, culminating in a hard fought victory," said McCue. "Despite heading to Texas with just 9 members of the team, our squad rose to the occasion, bolstered by the addition of 6 exceptional guest players from RI Surf G2007 Elite White, New England Surf, and Dallas Surf."

"Our path to victory was marked by outstanding performances and resilient teamwork. We secured impressive results throughout the tournament, including notable wins over Timbers North FC (2-0), 2023 DPL National Champion Sunrise Sting (1-0), and City FC San Diego in a tightly contested final (1-0). A key factor in our success was the tenacious defense displayed by our girls, who worked tirelessly to protect the goal throughout the weekend. Their efforts, coupled with superb goalkeeper play, resulted in an incredible achievement: zero goals conceded over the entirety of the tournament. In the final matches, our team showcased adaptability and tactical prowess, strategically absorbing pressure from City while capitalizing on counterattack opportunities. This approach proved decisive in securing the crucial victory and ultimately clinching the championship title."


After suffering defeat in their opening fixture at the hands of Charlotte Soccer Academy, our G2008 Elite Blue team's shot at becoming champions came to an unfortunate end. Determined to reverse their fortunes in the coming games, they used the wash-out to regroup, and more importantly, rediscover their form. 

After walking away from Tampa as bracket winners, the group knew there was a certain quality they had lacked in their opening contest. In their following two fixtures, they rose to the occasion with two victories over talented New England Surf and Spokane Sounders sides.

G2009 Elite in Dallas
G2009 Elite in Dallas


Another side that managed to leave Tampa as bracket winners, G2009 Elite had a different look as they stepped onto the field in Dallas. With a few members of their squad unable to make the trip, it was to be an uphill climb towards the trophy.

Following defeat in their first fixture against Sunrise Sting SC, the group managed to put in a better performance in their second match against Florida Hawks, but still fell short 2-1. On their last day in Dallas, the girls rallied and defeated Arizona SC 2-1 courtesy of a last-minute winner by midfielder Eiley Simmons.

Coach Martin Yarumian had this to say about his team's time in the Lone Star State, "The DPL Summit was a good platform for our teams to kick off our spring season. Our 2009 Elite girls received quality competition in all three games and were able to bond off the field as well. As the tournament went on, the girls played better and better and that was one of our goals. We will now shift our focus to the league and hope to hit the ground running. All in all, it was a great experience in Dallas."

G2010 Elite in Dallas
G2010 Elite in Dallas


Despite facing disappointment at their opening fixture being cancelled, our G2010 Elite team had a strong display in Texas. A convincing 7-1 win in their opening match was followed by a 1-1 draw to fellow Surf Nation club Walnut Creek.

After managing to win the Surf Nation Champions League in February, the group continued to push onwards and continue their upward trajectory in terms of both form and development.

Speaking on their weekend, Coach Luis Rabielli said, "The Dallas Summit was a fantastic experience for our team. We engaged in two competitive games, which I believe will serve as valuable preparation for our upcoming league play. I'm immensely proud of our group and eagerly anticipate what the near future holds for us."


With their first game also being cancelled due to rain, our G2011 Elite team was eager to get on the pitch in Dallas. Despite losing a cagey opening game 1-0, the girls remained optimistic going into their second and final match of the competition.

That optimism was evident in their result, as they walked away 5-0 winners, putting in an impressive display that saw them through to a 1-1 record on the weekend. 

Speaking on his teams' performances (both G2008 Elite Blue and G2011 Elite), Coach Jim McGirr left Texas with a positive outlook on the months ahead, "The DPL did a great job of adjusting to make sure we had the best opportunity to compete in the safest manner possible. This Summit was still another enjoyable opportunity to compete, playing teams all the way from Spokane, WA to Charlotte, NC. We got off to a difficult start but finished strong, coming home with victories and a better feeling towards our preparation for the Spring. We will now look forward to that!"

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B2011 Elite Blue after their most recent tournament victory at the EDP Spring Classic.


Last weekend, five of our teams left the cold New England weather behind for sunny Florida to compete in the EDP Spring Kickoff in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament presents a unique opportunity for Northern teams to get valuable competitive minutes during the winter months at incredible facilities in the sunshine state in order to gear up for the fast-approaching Spring Season.

Rhode Island Surf fielded five teams consisting of B2010 Elite, B2010 Central, G2010 Central, B2011 Elite Blue and B2013 Blue coached by Scott Graham, Lucas Santos, Max Philpott, Martin Yarumian and Dan Yarumian, respectively. In a bid to challenge themselves, the two Central teams stepped outside of New England for the very first time, a test that both Santos and Philpott were relishing. Out of the five that made the trip, both B2011 Elite Blue and B2013 Blue were able to come out on top in their respective brackets.

B2011 Elite Blue
B2011 Elite Blue


At their last EDP event, B2011 Elite Blue managed to stay unbeaten before losing the final in a heartbreaking shootout. This time around, their determination to not repeat this scenario was evident from the first kick of a ball. With a perfect record of 4-0 and zero goals conceded (notably down to a penalty save by goalkeeper Nick Bequary in their final game), business was taken care of emphatically.

Upon their return to the Ocean State, Coach Martin Yarumian had this to say about his team's triumph and the event, "The EDP Spring Kickoff in Florida was a fantastic experience for the coaches and players involved.  From the immaculate grass fields, the beautiful weather, and top competition, it was a great event to have in our winter program.  Our boys 2011 Elite Blue won all four games and whilst keeping four clean sheets against quality competition.  To be able to go out there, after a few months off of live games and play the way we did, shows the talent and character of the boys in the team. I'm hoping we can use this as a springboard to another great spring season."

B2013 Blue
B2013 Blue

B2013 BLUE

After struggling at the EDP Fall Classic, Coach Dan Yarumian and B2013 Blue were ready to right the ship in Palm Beach Gardens. To say they followed through on this promise is an understatement, as the boys performed excellently behind lead roles from Surf Select Player of the Year nominee Oscar Kincaid and forwards Carter Cathers and Louie Lang. With a record of three wins and one draw, they were able to top their bracket and return to the Ocean State as champions.

"The EDP Spring Kickoff in Florida was a great way to break up our long winter season and get some legitimate 9v9 games against quality opponents," said Yarumian, "The fields and atmosphere out there were absolutely amazing for the boys! It was another great experience for them to keep seeing what is outside of New England following our trip to New Jersey in November. I believe playing against tougher and tougher competition brings out more in you as a player and forces you to compete harder and bring your A-game consistently. We went from really struggling in New Jersey in November, to winning our bracket in Florida this past weekend. I am extremely pleased with the growth of the group and their competitive nature this weekend. I definitely would love to continue to travel for these types of tournaments during the winter months to challenge my teams!"

B2010 Elite
B2010 Elite


Following their second-place finish at the EDP Fall Classic, Coach Scott Graham and B2010 Elite once again left New England in search of quality competition as they build towards their Spring season in the USYS National League. Despite a run of unfortunate results in the Sunshine State, a strong defensive display left the group with optimism as they returned home. 

"Our Boys 2010 Elite team faced good quality teams in the three group stage games," said Graham, "It's important to play challenging games, as we learn the most from them. I thought we defended well for large periods of the games and responded well to some setbacks. The players showed a strong mentality, which is hugely important as we go into the spring league, state cup and hopefully Regionals."

G2010 Central
G2010 Central


Seizing the opportunity to expose his Central team to challenges outside of New England, Coach Max Philpott brought his G2010 group to Florida with hopes of stiff tests that would prepare his team for the tough NECSL season ahead. On their second day of play, the team was able to come away with a hard-fought 1-0 win, a promising showing from a group that was getting their first taste of soccer outside of New England.

Philpott had this to say on the group's weekend, "The EDP Spring Kickoff was a fantastic chance for us to get out of our comfort zone and play against some top DPL and USYS Conference opposition. The opportunity to play four games allowed us to work on; deploying varied formations, implementing individual / team feedback and improving overall fitness.
Seeing the girls compete well against top teams shows us where we’re at and I couldn’t be more proud of this group for their work and development as a team so far this season."

B2010 Central
B2010 Central


With similar goals in mind, Coach Lucas Santos and B2010 Central arrived in Florida looking to challenge themselves in unknown territory competition-wise. Despite a tough weekend of results, the team was pleased with the experience and valuable lessons they were able to take back North with them.

Speaking on the event and how his group faired, Coach Lucas had this to say, "This was the first time the B2010 Central group had a chance to compete in a tournament outside of New England. Although the results didn't land in our favor, we faced strong competition against some of the best teams in the country. This turned out to be a great learning experience on how to play and behave on the field during adversities, compact our defensive lines and work on effective communication and team leadership during those moments. There were a lot of positive points to bring back to Rhode Island and implement in our upcoming tournaments and Spring season. Experience of a lifetime for this group!"

G2009 Celebration


At the turn of the year, girls teams from across the county traveled to Tampa Bay, Florida for the chance to compete and impress at the DPL Winter Showcase. With over 150 college coaches in attendance, the event served as the ultimate opportunity for players to put their talents on display. 

Rhode Island was well represented by our G2009 Elite, G2008 Elite Blue, G2008 Elite White, G2007 Elite Blue and G05/06 Elite teams. "The DPL Winter Showcase is an event we see a huge amount of value in," said Girls Director Aleksej Skundric, "As well as the opportunity to get our players in front of College coaches (over 150 in attendance) the event runs at a very useful part of the season. With our senior team players coming back from the High School season mid-November, getting 11v11 games in the Florida weather at this point in the season is immensely beneficial to teams and individual players alike. All of our teams got excellent competition and in addition it is always nice to enjoy a bit of success. Congratulations to our G2009 Elite and G2008 Elite Blue for winning their respective brackets."

G2009 Elite went 3 for 3 in Tampa.
G2009 Elite went 3 for 3 in Tampa.

G2009 Elite faced a schedule consisting of Florida Hawks FC, Charlotte Development Academy, and Arkansas Comets FC. Martin Yarumian, who recently took charge of the group, had this to say about their experience, "The DPL Winter Showcase was a great way to restart from our club's winter break. The Showcase provided quality competition and a great facility to start the new year. Our 2009 Elite girls were able to top the bracket and win all three games. The girls grew stronger and improved their style of play as the tournament went on which, for me, was the most rewarding of it all. In the final game, a goal with under a minute left, saw our girls take the lead and win the group. To see them happy and excited made all the preparation work worth it. We'll look to bring the momentum to Dallas, TX, in March, for the DPL Summit."

The team won 5-1 in their first outing and 2-1 in their following two games to finish as bracket winners.

G2008 Elite White finished their showcase with 2 draws.
G2008 Elite White finished their showcase with 2 draws.

G2008 Elite White's schedule featured Florida United SC, AFC Lightning, and Roswell Santos SC. "Playing at the DPL Winter Showcase is always fun because you get to play teams from around the country and those teams will often be at different points in their soccer season. In our opening game we played a team from Georgia who were at the tail end of their club soccer season so they were closer to their peak. In our second game we played a local Florida team who didn't face the burden of travel. Two quality tests for us in which we were able to show enormous character and defensive commitment starting from our striker all the way back to the goalkeeper. Our use of the ball got better with each half we played as we were able to work ourselves out of habits developed over the HS season. Two ties as far as results go but two big wins as far as what those games gave us," said G2008 Elite White Coach Aleksej Skundric.

The group finished with two ties from two games played as a result of weather cancelling their third game.

G2008 Elite Blue won both of their games 4-0 to win their bracket.
G2008 Elite Blue won both of their games 4-0 to win their bracket.

G2008 Elite Blue went up against Southern Soccer Academy, West Florida Flames, and New England Surf. Coach Jim McGirr reflected on their tournament with these words, "The DPL Showcase in Tampa proved to be a success for our 2008 Elite Blue team with dominant performances and results which allowed us to win our bracket. The event comes at a perfect time during the long winter months to keep us sharp and competitive. Playing against other strong DPL teams from across the country, will hopefully give us the springboard we need going into future showcases and our upcoming spring competition."

Despite their third game being cancelled for similar weather reasons, the two wins they earned propelled them to top spot in their bracket.

G2007 Elite Blue earned 2 wins and suffered 1 defeat.
G2007 Elite Blue earned 2 wins and suffered 1 defeat.

G2007 Elite Blue's opponents were Charlotte Development Academy, Arkansas Comets FC and Pinecrest Premier. “The RI Surf 07 Girls always look forward to opening their competitive season at the DPL Winter Showcase," Said Coach Patrick McCue, "This year we headed down to Tampa, FL without some key players due to injuries, illnesses and family commitments; however, the girls that were there and healthy, made the most of it, as we finished 2-1 on the weekend. Given the fact that we have only been training 6 weeks due to High School, I’m very happy where we are and we know exactly what we need to work on. Additionally the girls are excited to have our Gatorade Player of the Year and USC All-American, Emma Kucal (ACL) back and contributing (5 goals, 1 assist). We are definitely in a great spot as we approach the games that matter this spring.”

Following two wins in their opening two games, they suffered defeat in their third and finished second in their bracket.

G05/06 Elite went 1-2 down in Florida.
G05/06 Elite went 1-2 down in Florida.

G05/06 Elite matched up against Southern Soccer Academy, Florida Rush and Colorado United in their bracket play. Coach Jim McGirr had this to say about his other team playing in the competition, "Our oldest age group was extremely unlucky not to represent themselves better, losing their first 2 matches while performing at a high level. After starting the weekend strong & healthy, we were struck with injuries and illness, leaving us with only 11 players for our final match and 1 of our goalkeepers playing in the field. This was the moment that our true character was tested and the girls passed with flying colors, winning the match 1-0 and a bond that will hopefully galvanize them for the upcoming spring season!"

Following two defeats to open the competition, they managed to dig deep and win their final game 1-0 despite only having eleven fit players and a goalkeeper playing in the field.

G2012 Elite and G2013 Blue travelled down South for a series of scrimmages hosted by DME Academy.
G2012 Elite and G2013 Blue travelled down South for a series of scrimmages hosted by DME Academy.


Our G2012 Elite and G2013 Blue teams made the trip down South as well to compete in DME Academy's "Scrimmage Showdown Series". The 2012s played West Florida Flames, DME Academy and Mutiny, with the first two games being played in an 11v11 format. The 2013s faced a schedule that included Mutiny's 2012 team, Chargers, West Florida Flames and DME Academy's B2013 group.

Girls Director Aleksej Skundric had this to say about the experience, "Clubs out of the Northeast face certain climate challenges other parts of the country don't. Over the past couple of years we have continued to add and revolutionize our winter programming in order to provide our players the best developmental opportunities yearwide. As such getting full size games against good opposition at this point in the season is a huge plus. This year we were able to provide our GU11 Blue and GU12 Elite teams an opportunity to travel down to Florida and play some quality teams in the 9v9 and 11v11 format. Our G2013 Blue got four quality games against a G2012 team, B2013 team, and two quality G2013 teams. Our G2012 Elite team got two 11v11 games against two of Florida's top U12 teams and a 9v9 game as well. Unfortunately their fourth game was canceled due to the weather. Getting this weekend of games in will provide a huge boost to both teams, in a period of the season difficult to utilize. In addition to the soccer side of things these travel events always provide so much to the girls in terms of team bonding. Both groups are that much closer having spent the weekend together. I look forward to seeing all the results of our winter season grind in the Spring!"

The USYS National League Playoffs took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.
The USYS National League Playoffs took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA: From across the country, 142 boys teams (U14-U19) descended upon the famous ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with hopes of booking their tickets to National League P.R.O., the next stage of national events set to take place in February or May, 2024.

Four exciting days of action kicked off on December 1st, with Rhode Island Surf being represented by its B2009 and B2008 Elite teams coached by Johan Forslof and Scott Graham, respectively.

"Playing at the USYS National Playoffs was another excellent opportunity for our players, coaches, and teams as a whole to test themselves against many of the top teams from across the country," said Graham. "We always seek to challenge our players and give them the experience of playing the game at a high level. It's a privilege to play at these top facilities and compete for a chance to progress to National League P.R.O. next year and ultimately aim to reach Nationals next summer."

B2009 Elite
B2009 Elite
B2008 Elite
B2008 Elite

In what was their first major outing at this level, B2009 Elite were faced with tough opposition from Tennessee, Oregon and Michigan. The weekend proved to be an excellent learning experience that would become apparent through the improvement they showed over the three-game stretch. After dropping the first two fixtures, there was still a chance for them to progress on the final day of the competition. Despite holding an early 2-0 advantage, they ultimately drew against a talented Michigan Futbol Academy side. With many positives to take away from the trip down South, they will return to USYS National League New England Conference play in the Spring.

B2008 Elite Orlando EDP photo 2
B2008 Elite Orlando EDP Photo 3

After narrowly missing out on qualification to Nationals last season by-way of goal differential, B2008 Elite was seeking redemption on their travels to the Sunshine State. With two wins from their opening two games over Texas State Champions Aspire FC and President's Cup National Champions Apple Valley SC, the group was certainly delivering on that promise. On their final day of action, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Kansas Rush, who currently sit at #20 in the national rankings. Despite the difficult result in their penultimate fixture, they will move on to play at the National League P.R.O. event that takes place in Oceanside, California in early May.

Those who qualified from this event will compete against the Elite 64 qualifiers in a singular competition to determine the National League's representatives at the National Championships that again take place in Orlando, Florida beginning on July 23rd, 2024.

Conference Playoffs Poster