New York Club Soccer League to Join Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 24, 2020 (Long Island, NY) - Richie Christiano, President of Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), and Gary Grossman, President of New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL), announced today that NYCSL will be joining ENYYSA starting immediately for the 2020/2021 soccer year.
“The vision of US Youth Soccer is to provide a platform for every player. As the US Youth Soccer State Association for Eastern New York, we are excited to have NYCSL and its players, parents, coaches, teams and clubs join us,” explained Richie Christiano, President of ENYYSA. He continued: “When Gary approached us with the idea, of course, we were receptive. It makes sense to provide a unified platform of soccer programming for all the youth players in our area. Again, that defines our vision.”
Gary Grossman shared his perspective: “The past four months have been a very difficult time for all of us. As I began to think about our young soccer players and their families in the Eastern New York region, I strongly felt that as we began to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, we needed to take a step back and look at a different approach. In doing so, that required a new solution. In addition to appropriate levels of competition and pathways to regional and national play, it is really important that we provide league play that is localized and minimizes travel. Cooperation and coordination between NYCSL and ENYYSA will make this happen.”
In addition, NYCSL will be supporting EDP’s management of the North Atlantic EDP Conference of the US Youth Soccer National League. The Conference will provide regional league competition and national showcase opportunities for NYCSL teams and clubs. We look forward to working with EDP on other soccer initiatives as well. Our goal is to continue to place the needs of the player first.
Christiano and Grossman enlisted the support of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) and EDP Soccer to enable NYCSL’s easy transition into ENYYSA.
CJSL is an established ENYYSA league, so NYCSL’s players and teams will register as a new division of CJSL. This will facilitate NYCSL continuing to manage its close relationships with its teams and clubs while opening up all of the youth soccer programming opportunities ENYYSA makes available to members. These include among others: TOPSoccer for all youth players with intellectual, emotional, and or physical disabilities; Olympic Development Program for the identification and training of youth players of the highest caliber; and the ENYYSA State Cup for teams seeking top competition with a pathway to regional and national championships.
“For almost 90 years, Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League has been supporting youth soccer player development. When there is an opportunity to simplify the developmental pathway for players and their parents, create greater cooperation among soccer organizations, and, consequently, better support our youth players, we welcome it,” noted Ron Restrepo, President of Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League. He continued, “We look forward to working with NYCSL so that their soccer families, CJSL soccer families, and all ENYYSA soccer families benefit from our collective expanded ability to serve and encourage our youth players".
EDP Soccer manages the US Youth Soccer National League Conferences in the East Region for US Youth Soccer. The National League offers high level regional competition in both team versus team and club versus club formats as well as a National Showcase Series, which provides both national level competition as well as greater exposure for college recruiting to National League participants. The North Atlantic EDP Conference, managed by EDP Soccer, will be available to NYCSL teams and clubs seeking regional and national play.
Jen Marcella, Executive Director of Leagues for EDP Soccer, noted: “The US Youth Soccer National League is an inclusive program, open to all top teams and clubs that are members of USYS through their respective State Association. EDP Soccer is honored to manage the National League Conferences in the East Region, which includes the North Atlantic EDP Conference, that serves New York. We know that NYCSL has top teams and clubs, and we look forward to them now competing in the National League with the opportunity to participate in the National Showcase Series as well as earn places in the USYS East Regional Championships and the USYS National Championships.”
About Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA)
With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit 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 Association. For more information, please visit http://www.enysoccer.com/.
About New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL)
Founded in 2009, NYCSL provides opportunities for soccer players ages 7 to 19 to develop their individual skills and to compete with and against others with similar skills and desires. The primary focus of the NYCSL is developing the child as a person first, and a player second. NYCSL serves more than 1,600 teams in multiple divisions based on competitive levels. NYCSL also offers cup-based competitions and has developed community-based programming in conjunction with NYCFC of the MLS. For additional information, please visit nyclubsoccerleague.com.
About Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL)
Established in 1933, CJSL is committed to supporting youth soccer player development primarily in the New York City area by offering local all-year round outdoor and indoor competitions, and robust coach and referee educational programs to support the cultural diversity of soccer clubs and players. The CJSL is part of the USYSA and the ENYYSA. Member soccer clubs play locally within competitive CJSL leagues and divisions from U8 to U19, including a U7 Co-Ed Developmental League. All divisions feature skill appropriate placement. For additional information, please visit cjslsoccer.com.
About US Youth Soccer
From its humble beginnings in 1974 with just more than 100,000 registered players to its current registration of more than 3,000,000 players between the ages of 5 and 19, US Youth Soccer has always been recognized as a leader in youth sports organizations. US Youth Soccer is the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for soccer in the United States, and is made up of over 600,000 volunteers and administrators and over 300,000 dedicated coaches; most of whom also are volunteers. For more information on US Youth Soccer and its programs, please visit USYouthSoccer.org. Connect with US Youth Soccer on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About EDP Soccer
Founded in 1999, Elite Development Program (EDP Soccer) is one of the largest organizers of youth soccer leagues and tournaments in the U.S. EDP Soccer operates youth leagues for boys and girls ages 9-19, conducts a Futures program for players ages 7-11, and operates U20/23 men’s and women’s leagues. EDP Soccer also runs over 20 tournaments each year. One of the major priorities of EDP Soccer’s leagues and tournaments through its Pathway to College TM programming is to enable youth soccer players to reach their full potential, with an emphasis on attending college. More than 4,500 teams participate in EDP Soccer’s leagues and more than 170,000 players compete in EDP Soccer tournaments annually. For more information about EDP please visit: www.edpsoccer.com.
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