Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association is hosting small-sided festivals on Sundays this spring at Kissena Park in Queens.
It is similar to what Eastern New York’s largest league, the Long Island Junior Soccer League, is doing with small-sided games on Sundays this spring at the Peter Collins Soccer Park in Plainview, N.Y.
Eastern New York’s festivals kicked off on Sunday, April 9. The four Under-7 teams played 4 v 4 with no goalkeeper and the four U-8 squads had 5 v 5 with a keeper. The teams were all-boys as well as coed teams with the hope that girls sides will play in the future. The fields are 40 x 20 yards with no referees.
Festivals also will be played April 30 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), May 7 (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.) and May 14 (noon to 2:30 p.m.).
Eastern New York trusette Andreas Touros is organizing the festivals.
“All kids, coaches and parents enjoyed the friendly festival get together and they were asking about returning to Kissena Park to play again in a few weeks,” he said.
Any clubs interested in hosting or playing in a small-sided festival should contact Touros at 917-747-5159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.