Smithtown Arsenal winning the national championship last summer
nearly two months after winning the State Open Cup in LaGrange
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 27, 2014-”We Are the Champions!” will be sung at fields in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and Staten Island during the next four weekends as 52 champion teams are crowned by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA).
The State Open Cup finals will be played this weekend, May 31 and June 1, at LaGrange’s Stringham Park in the Hudson Valley. The champion teams advance to Regionals and can go all the way to the finals. The Smithtown Arsenal entered the 2013 State Open Cup and wound up as Boys-Under-16 national champions while the Dix Hills Elite made it all the way to the Boys-Under-15 national finals before losing to Santa Barbara White of California, 2-1, on an overtime penalty kick.
The Arch Capital Group Cup finals will be played on Saturday, June 7 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, Long Island. Unlike the State Open Cup, you need not be the best team in the state to win the Arch Capital Group Cup. Many thanks to our sponsor, Arch Capital Group, that writes insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Europe, with a focus on specialty lines.
On Saturday, June 14, the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) finals will be held at the brand-new Owl Hollow Fields on Staten Island. It’s the first time that the ENYPL finals will be played in one location.
The Eastern New York Champions Cup, a new competition, will be played on Saturday, June 21––the boys will be playing at Stringham Park while the girls compete at Owl Hollow Fields. Champion teams from Division 1 from the Capital District Youth Soccer League, Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, East Hudson Youth Soccer League, Long Island Junior Soccer League, Staten Island Youth Soccer League and Westchester Youth Soccer League will be competing against one another in the Under-13, Under-14 and Under-15 age groups.
Admission to all these championship games is free. For more information, please contact Eastern New York at 888-5-ENYYSA.
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. 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.