By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
September 17, 2013-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is very proud of the success of our Premier League. Having kicked off play at the turn of the millennium, the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) is one of the oldest premier soccer leagues in the United States. Last spring, 40 boys teams and 30 girls squads from eight member leagues throughout the state competed.
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it but improve it and Eastern New York is doing exactly that with these changes when our Premier League kicks off again in the spring of 2014:
• Introduction of the Under-11 age group to the Premier League so the age groups are being expanded from Under-11 to Under-18
"ENYPL is the gateway for Eastern New York member league clubs and teams to play the top competition within the United States Youth Soccer Association’s Region 1," commented ENYPL Director Steve Padaetz. "With regional premier league play now at Under-12, it makes sense to expand and include the Under-11 age group, especially as the top teams in the younger age groups have demonstrated increased interest in travelling a little further to play other top teams."
• Introduction of a Fall Season kicking off in 2014. The Under-11 to Under-14 age groups will play from September to November while the Under-15 to Under-18 age groups play from late October to December, after the high school regular season has ended.
• A six-game schedule for each season. Teams will be placed in four-team brackets within an age group and play each squad home and away.
"Playing home and away provides equity in travel," Padaetz stated. "For example, in the past, a Capital District Youth Soccer League team from Albany could be scheduled to play on Long Island twice but host teams from the Central New York and East Hudson leagues. Now everybody in the group will be travelling the same amount."
"By playing a reduced six-game schedule with playoffs, ENYPL teams now have the option of rejoining Division 1 of their own member league, making those leagues stronger in the process," Padaetz added.
• Nominal team entry fees of $195.
• Starting in 2013, ENYPL teams can now qualify for Got Soccer points and see how they rank against top teams within Eastern New York as well as across the country.
• The Under-14 to Under-18 ENYPL teams also have the option of playing in a new college showcase tournament being planned for 2014.
"The strength of our Premier League was demonstrated in June when two of our teams, the Bayport Tsunami and FC Somers Razors, won the State Open Cup," Padaetz commented. "The changes planned for 2014 will make our Premier League even stronger."
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. ENYYSA 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. ENYYSA 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.