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December 19, 2012
ENYYSA leagues agree to allow teams to cross geographic boundaries in search of more competition

Several leagues in Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association recently agreed to allow teams to cross traditional geographic boundaries in search of more competition that may not be available in their home league without transferring their registration.

The agreement was reached by the presidents of nearly all of the 11-member leagues of the organization at the Long Island Junior Soccer League's offices in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

This deal builds on the strategies employed by LIJSL and the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League in the south plus East Hudson Youth Soccer League and Westchester Youth Soccer League upstate, which already had begun the practice.

The leagues with established Select or Academy programs agreed in principal to open their programs to neighboring leagues that have none without requiring players from those leagues to play with the host league’s clubs. For example, the LIJSL in the south will partner with CJSL, Metrokids, Staten Island Soccer League and Big Apple Youth Soccer League. East Hudson will do the same with the Capital District Youth Soccer League, Mid State Youth Soccer League and Central New York Soccer League. The WYSL will do the same with the Hudson Valley Youth Soccer League

“The cooperation during the meeting was outstanding,” ENYYSA president Richard Christiano. “Everyone there was focused on making the soccer experience of all our children, regardless of where they reside, as rich as possible. We all came away feeling that we’re at the beginning of a new era in youth soccer in our state.”

League presidents endorsed the agreement.

“The parents and players were paying double registration fees so that they can play the teams from the different leagues,” CJSL president Burt Wilkes said. “The CJSL believes there was no reason for this expense when, working together, the leagues can give the players the same opportunities without double the financial burden. This will expose them to different levels of play and create better soccer players.”

EHYSL president agreed and elbaorated.

“With the success of the Metro League last spring, we at East Hudson along with Westchester look forward to our neighboring leagues to the north joining us in 2013,” he said. “There’s already a buzz among our top level teams who look forward to a highly competitive schedule this spring. It is hoped this league will find its niche and offer the top level of play teams are looking for. Our leagues working together shows soccer families our commitment to do all we can for our kids.”

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