By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
March 19, 2013-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is pleased to announce that the State Cup will kick off this spring on the weekend of April 6 and 7. 711 teams from the East End of Long Island to north of Albany have entered the State Cup and are vying to become state champions.
"We are looking forward to wonderful competition, hopefully to be played in abundant sunshine this spring," commented State Cup Chairperson Barbara Rodriguez, an ENYYSA Hall of Famer.
As the name implies, the State Open Cup (US Youth Soccer / ENY State Championship) is open to all teams. 283 squads will be playing in this competition primarily for Premier, Division 1 and Division 2 teams. Only State Open Cup champs go on to play in the Regionals with those winners going to the Nationals in the National Championship Series.
The ENY Upper 90 Cup is a new competition this spring. 167 excellent teams in each ENYYSA league who are not Premier League teams are playing in this competition.
The finals of both the State Open Cup and ENY Upper 90 Cup are scheduled for Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
The third competition is the Arch Capital Group Cup with 261 teams competing. For Under-12 and above, it is for travel teams who are still working to rise to the level of the best teams in each ENYYSA league. It is open to all Under-10 and Under-11 teams regardless of skill level. Our sponsor, Arch Capital Group, writes insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Europe, with a focus on specialty lines.
"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," commented Brian Hughes, Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary of Arch Capital.
The finals of the Arch Capital Group Cup are scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, Long Island.
Both State Cup championship venues, besides having well-manicured grass soccer fields, sport 9/11 memorials. The Memorial Plaza at Stringham Park was installed by the LaGrange Rotary Club while the 9/11 Commemorative Plaza at the Collins Soccer Park was built last year by the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
For more information about the State Cup, please contact ENYYSA at 516-766-0849.
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.