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New State Open Cup Format Features Two Paths to the Semifinals


By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association

June 26, 2017-Championship Month was a huge success with 51 teams from all over the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), from Long Island to Plattsburgh and Syracuse, becoming state champions. Thousands of soccer fans attended the finals at Stringham Park in LaGrange on the first two weekends of June.

Eastern New York is very pleased to announce an improved format for our State Open Cup, which is part of the National Championship Series. Starting in 2018, entry in the State Open Cup will be limited to the first 16 teams per age group who apply and pay the $225 entry fee and the competition will return to its single elimination roots.

Additionally, the final two teams in the State Open Cup tournament bracket and the top two teams of the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) will advance to the semifinal round of the State Open Cup so there are now two pathways to make the final four. The ENYPL is America’s oldest continuous Premier league, having originally kicked off play in 2001.

The Arch Cup, sponsored by Arch Capital Group, will continue to be divided into Platinum and Gold competitions, group play will remain for the first round and the entry fee is $200 per team.

“We are happy to include the top two teams from the ENYPL in the State Open Cup final four starting in 2018 to make the competition more inclusive,” stated Eastern New York President Richard Christiano. “Additionally, we’re pleased to continue to offer two levels of competition in the Arch Cup so that every travel team in Eastern New York has a legitimate shot to win a cup next spring.”

With over 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 11 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, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.