By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
March 23, 2021-Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) President Richard Christiano has appointed Piero Olcese as State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA). The SYRA is the leader of the thousands of youth soccer refs in Eastern New York. Piero succeeds Lee Suckle, who has been promoted to East Region Youth Referee Administrator.
Piero explained, “I would like to work with the State Referee Administrator, the Referee Committee members and ref associations within Eastern New York to create training and educational programs that will offer youth referees opportunities to improve their overall game management skills and allow them to advance to higher levels of refereeing.”
Piero’s father Orlando was in the diplomatic corps so Piero grew up in Lima, Peru but also lived in Rome, Guatemala City plus North Carolina and New York. He played soccer for North Carolina State University and for Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, then later in the adult leagues.
He has lived in Scarsdale for the past 25 years and coached his children––Piero, Carlo and Angelo––in the Scarsdale Soccer Club. Piero and his wife Angela have been married for 39 years.
He took up the whistle in 1980, refereeing intermittently while concentrating on the youth level, then reffing more and more after he started planning for retirement from the Yonkers Police Department Emergency Services Unit in 2014. He became an assessor three years ago.
“Being an assessor has been a great learning experience and it has allowed me to help referees,” Piero stated.
The SYRA is an administrative position and Piero has referee administrative experience as he has been President of the Westchester Soccer Referees Organization (WSRO) for the past six years.
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. For more information, please log on to https://www.enysoccer.com/