By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
March 8, 2022-With spring just around the corner, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) will be kicking off the State Cup this weekend.
There are two State Cup competitions in ENYYSA. The State Open Cup, from Under-12 on up, is for the top teams and it’s the pathway to nationals. The Challenge Cup is for all teams at Under-10 and Under-11 as there is not a State Open Cup in those age groups. For the Under-13 division, it’s for mid- to lower-tier teams.
Round 1 in both competitions will be played over the next two weekends. The girls start first and will be competing this Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. The boys play their round 1 on March 19 and 20.
Round 2 for both girls and boys will be played on the weekend of April 9 and 10.
The quarterfinals will be played on May 7 and 8 while the semifinals will take place on Saturday, May 21. All these games will be played on one team's home field.
The exception are the finals on June 4 and 5 at Stringham Park, a short direct kick from the Taconic State Parkway, in LaGrange. 22 championship games will be played that weekend in what will be a celebration of New York soccer.
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 http://www.enysoccer.com/