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Howard Rubenstein Receives the Distinguished Service Award From Eastern New York

From left to right: Eastern New York President Richard Christiano, Distinguished Service Award recipient Howard Rubenstein and former Staten Island Youth Soccer League President Bill Smith
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

November 9, 2022-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) was very pleased to honor longtime volunteer and soccer lifer Howard Rubenstein on Saturday, November 5. Howard received our Distinguished Service Award and a standing ovation at Eastern New York’s Hall of Fame Banquet celebrating our 50th anniversary at Marina del Rey in the Bronx. 
Howard’s name keeps coming up in the long history of both the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association. In fact, the Eastern New York name comes from Howard. 
As new leagues were created, both the youth and adult associations started admitting clubs north of Albany so our original name of Southern New York was obviously no longer appropriate. Since our geographic area now encompassed clubs from Long Island to the Canadian border east of Route 81, which connects Binghamton and Syracuse, in 1984, Howard and the incoming President, Peter Masotto, changed the name to the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association. Howard and Costas Mallios made the same name change from Southern New York to Eastern New York with the adults in 1988.
Howard served as ENYYSA President from 1980 to 1984 and as Vice President of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) in the late 1980’s and then became Treasurer of the Eastern New York adults. In the early 1990’s, Howard and Alfonso Mondelo were in charge of the Eastern New York coaching. Howard was also in charge of refs, serving as State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA) for a decade around the turn of the millennium and he had three tours of duty as State Referee Administrator (SRA) after that.
For all this volunteering, Howard is a member of the Halls of Fame of Eastern New York, the US Amateur Soccer Association and the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and we were very pleased to honor him again on November 5. 
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