By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
January 31, 2023-Founded in 1975, the Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL) is one of the largest organizations in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). Under the leadership of Sam Arnoff, now in his third year as President, 15,000 players from Westchester, Manhattan, Bronx and Putnam play on the 62 clubs making up the WYSL.
League players are currently competing indoors in New York Futsal and recently played in the Jim Slater Memorial Tournament in Goshen.
The 10-game Spring Season kicks off outdoors the first weekend of April and continues to mid-June with the usual breaks in WYSL league play for Easter, Passover and Memorial Day Weekend. WYSL teams will also be competing in the State Cup and have set their sights on winning the championship the first weekend of June at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
President Arnoff says that most WYSL games are still played on grass, estimating a 60/40 split between grass and turf.
Perhaps youth soccer will one day return to Mount Vernon Memorial Field, a short corner kick from the Hutchinson River Parkway, as a new turf surface and stadium were completed last fall for the people of southern Westchester. The stadium has a long history. In the past century, it hosted a boxing match with future heavyweight champion James Braddock, concerts by the Jackson 5 and James Brown plus the iconic Coca-Cola commercial starring “Mean” Joe Greene, before the facility fell into disrepair.
For more information about the WYSL, please contact the league at 914-235-5110.
With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and 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 10 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 Children With Special Needs. 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. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/