By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
60 youth soccer teams from eastern Long Island to Albany will definitely be in a New York state of mind as they compete for the State Cup championship over the next two weekends.
Not surprisingly, the largest league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), the Long Island Junior Soccer League, leads with 37 teams––12 in the State Open Cup finals and 25 in the Arch Capital Group Challenge Cup finals. The Westchester Youth Soccer League is next with 10 teams, all playing in the State Open Cup finals. Interestingly, both these ENYYSA leagues utilize the same slogan of Building Character Through Soccer.
The Capital District Youth Soccer League has four teams, all in the State Open Cup finals, followed by the most historic youth soccer league in the U.S., the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, with three teams––one in the State Open Cup finals and two in the Arch Capital Group Challenge Cup.
The Hudson Valley Youth Soccer League has two teams––one each in the State Open Cup and Arch Capital Group Challenge Cup finals. The Big Apple Youth Soccer League and Staten Island Youth Soccer League each have one team competing in the State Open Cup finals, which will be played this weekend, June 2 and 3, at Stringham Park in LaGrange.
The finals of the Arch Capital Group Challenge Cup are set for Saturday, June 9 at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, Long Island.
The State Open Cup finals in the Under-19 age group will also be played at the Collins Soccer Park on June 9. Those semifinals are being played this weekend.
To view the brackets of each age group, log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, then go to Tournaments and State Cups. Admission to both venues is free. Please join us for three wonderful days of championship soccer.