By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 31, 2022-Founded in 1999 to serve the growing number of immigrant families who recently arrived in New York City, the Metrokids Youth Soccer League now registers nearly 1,000 players. 65% of those players are Latino plus 10% are girls, who are concentrated in the youngest age groups.
Last Saturday, August 27, the Metrokids hosted their Champions Cup at Frank Principe Park in Maspeth as the spring and summer champion teams played one another. The park name honors community leader Frank Principe (1909-2004), who worked for the creation of the park in the 1930’s and staunchly fought for its well-being throughout the remainder of his life.
Soccer Kids NYC (above) won the Under-10 Champions Cup. Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) President Richard Christiano is holding the trophy. Queens City FC took home the Under-12 Champions Cup.
United Sherba FC, who won the Under-14 Champions Cup, had such a good time that they stayed at the field until all the games were completed hours later.
Barboncitos FC were the Under-16 Champions Cup winners.
RS International took home the Under-17 Champions Cup.
“It was a beautiful day of soccer,” stated Metrokids President Cesar Juca.
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/