Photo of the Owl Hollow Fields, which will be filled with championship soccer action on June 14
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
April 21, 2014-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is thrilled to announce that the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) finals will be played on Staten Island at the brand-new Owl Hollow Fields on Saturday, June 14.
“We greatly appreciate the support of President Bill Smith and the Staten Island Youth Soccer League in providing these fields for the exclusive use of ENYPL on June 14,” commented ENYPL Director Steve Padaetz. “It’s the first time that we will hold the finals in one location. This will enable us to provide an impactful experience for all the participating players, coaches and their families.”
“Staten Island is honored to host this event for Eastern New York,” commented Staten Island Youth Soccer League President Bill Smith. “When Eastern New York needed help in locating fields, I felt the correct thing was to offer the children a safe place to play the finals. The Staten Island Youth Soccer League Executive Board wants all the players and coaches to enjoy this great event.”
Owl Hollow Fields currently have four turf fields, of which two are lighted, and is located off the 440 Expressway at Arthur Kill Road. It is part of the developing Freshkills Park, which will be three times the size of Central Park after it’s completed.
Freshkills Landfill was created in 1948 as a three-year temporary solution for New York City’s garbage and eventually grew into a 2,200-acre mountain of trash, the largest landfill in the world. It closed in 2001 but briefly reopened to accept trash from the destroyed World Trade Center. Over a decade ago, New York City developed an ambitious plan to turn trash into treasure by transforming New York’s largest dump into one of the world’s largest parks.
Now in mid-season, 83 teams––49 boys squads and 34 girls teams from nine leagues––are playing in the ENYPL this spring.
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 11 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.