By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 27, 2013-A bit of New York soccer history will be made on Saturday, September 7 for the kick-off of the Arch Capital Group Cup. That’s because for the first time in the four-decade history of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Cup, group play is being introduced, similar to the format used by the ever-popular World Cup and UEFA Champions League.
"Our players practice for months preparing for the State Cup and the coaches asked us for a format that prevents a team from being eliminated after the first game," commented ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. "Switching to group play in the opening round accomplishes this by guaranteeing every team is scheduled at least three State Cup games."
The Arch Capital Group Cup starts play on the weekend of September 7 and 8 for Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12 teams from Long Island to north of Albany. The other two games during the first round will be played on the weekends of September 21 and 22 plus October 5 and 6.
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"This cup competition is a great event in that it gives young people an opportunity to experience high levels of competition. And you don’t have to be the best team in the state to win a championship with the Arch Capital Group Cup," said Brian Hughes, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary of Arch Capital.
The older age groups of the Arch Capital Group Cup, as well as all ages in the State Open Cup for the best teams in ENYYSA, will start play in early 2014. The finals for both competitions will be played in June 2014.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. Eastern New York exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. Eastern New York is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.