By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 16, 2021-The saying “East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet” comes from a Rudyard Kupling poem yet it does not apply to the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Throughout last weekend, July 10 and 11, LIJSL Academy East teams played LIJSL Academy West squads in their corresponding age groups. Adding to the fun at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview were top league teams playing the LIJSL Academy.
The squads were seeking competition before they play in the Hudson Invitational Tournament hosted by the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) this weekend, July 17 and 18, at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
LIJSL Academy East Director Bob Montgomery on left shaking hands with LIJSL Academy West Director Carlo Acquista. Both photos courtesy of the LIJSL.
“It was great for the East and West teams to have some competitive games in preparation for the Hudson Invitational Tournament,” stated LIJSL Academy Director Ronan Wiseman. “Training is great, but having games will only help the players and coaches tailor their preparations for the event.”
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 nine 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 Association. For more information, please log onto https://www.enysoccer.com/