Smithtown Arsenal winning the Boys-Under-16 national championship.
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
October 1, 2013-The Arch Capital Group Cup kicked off play on the weekend of September 7 and 8 for Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12 teams, both boys and girls squads, from Long Island to north of Albany. First round group play games conclude this month.
"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 Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (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."
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The Arch Capital Group Cup in the older age groups is for teams who are not the top-ranked squads in the state as those teams can play in the State Open Cup, officially known as the US Youth Soccer Eastern NY State Championship. The older ages of the Arch Capital Group Cup, as well as all ages in the State Open Cup, start play in early 2014 and coaches can now register their teams. The finals for both competitions will be played next June.
The entry fee is $165 for the Under-13 to Under-16 teams in the Arch Capital Group Cup.
The State Open Cup is for the Under-12 to Under-19 age groups and the entry fee is $275, which includes all fees should teams advance to the Regionals and Nationals. This past summer, Smithtown Arsenal won the Boys-Under-16 national championship while the Dix Hills Elite made it to the Boys-Under-15 final.
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.