State Senator Andrew Gounardes and New York City Councilman Justin Brannan will hold a press conference in Brooklyn to urge the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to open soccer fields to youth soccer teams, clubs and leagues this fall.

The City has decided not to issue permits to those organizations.

The press conference will be held at Ballfields, Shore Road and 75th St. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y. at 11 a.m. Monday.

“Inviting all youth sports players, parents and coaches to join us at this press conference.. Come in your uniforms and with masks, please,” a press release Gounardes’ office said.

“Local elected officials in southern Brooklyn will be joined by local children and families to urge the city to immediately issue permits for low-to-moderate risk youth sports, which have been allowed by New York State since Phase 3 on July 6. These officials argue that so long as the transmission rate remains low, the City must offer this vital outlet for children and families already at their breaking point.”

There has been no organized youth soccer or any soccer, for that matter, played in NYC since the March shutdown down to the COVID-19 pandemic.