Top 10 Reasons for ENYYSA

By Anonymous (not verified), January 2, 2023
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
January 2, 2023-Approximately 100,000 children and teenagers, from the East End of Long Island to the Canadian border, play soccer in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). Although some have gone on to play professional soccer plus in the World Cup and Olympics, all have learned the value of teamwork, perseverance, sportsmanship and getting along with others through the life lessons they have learned on our soccer fields. Here are the Top 10 Reasons why we have so many players:
1. State Cup. Eastern New York has two levels of the State Cup––the State Open Cup and the Challenge Cup––so every premier and travel team in Eastern New York has a chance to win a state championship. Both competitions try to schedule games against local opponents as much as possible. The finals of both will be played on June 3 and 4, 2023 at Stringham Park in LaGrange as that first weekend in June will be a celebration of New York soccer. 
2. National ChampionshipFor ambitious teams looking to play against top competition and possibly win a national championship, they can do it through the State Open Cup as its part of the National Championship Series. After winning the State Open Cup, they would move on to Regionals and potentially Nationals. Or they could become a national champ through the US Youth Soccer National League. The top teams earn advancement to the Regionals as well as a chance to earn a coveted spot in the National Tier of the Leagues Program. Additionally, we are kicking off the ENYYSA National Qualifying League this spring by invitation only for top teams in Eastern New York.
Crystal Dunn, back row in gray shirt, with some of her adoring fans in her hometown of Rockville Centre
3. Olympic Development Program. ODP is considered the highest level of competition in each state association. Every year, players must be re-evaluated by the ODP professional staff of coaches for a position on each age-specific team. The identification process ends each summer with the most elite players within the East Region competing for a position on the regional team. Players are then identified by US Soccer staff coaches for possible entry to the national team program. Crystal Dunn and Allie Long are Eastern New York ODP graduates and Women’s World Cup champs yet even those players who do not make the regional or the national teams often use ODP as a springboard to college scholarships and even on to professional soccer.
4. TOPSoccer. This is a wonderful program for Children With Special Needs. Special Children playing soccer in an organized league actually started in Eastern New York back in 1978 when the Huntington Boys Club (HBC) and Massapequa Soccer Club separately started programs in an era when Special Children playing sports is not as accepted as it is today. Craig Ludin, who has Down’s Syndrome and has been playing for HBC since he was a young boy, received so many medals in the Special Olympics that he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame over a decade ago. Craigs teammate John Cronin started a very successful local business, Johns Crazy Socks, with his father Mark.