Kosmos FC, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has been named the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association club of the month for March.

Kosmos FC competes in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League.

The team, “through the guidance and leadership of Andreas and Joanne Touros, have kept the core value of player and family first all these years and that’s a testament to their dedication,” CJSL director Dimitrie Draguca said.

Kosmos FC was created in 1996 with one goal in mind, to build a safe place for children of all ages and to keep them away from negative influences by offering them a solid athletic program. Kosmos is Greek and its meaning is the universe, the order, the world, something beautiful, honor and mankind. The club colors of blue and white come fro the Greek flag.

The non-profit club was founded by Andreas Touros, who played soccer and graduated from LIU Brooklyn while he majored in physical education and he earned a Master’s Degree in administration and supervision. He is a former international player who competed and coached at all levels. Kosmos has focused on the importance of education and encourages young athletes to study and do well at school.

Throughout its history, Kosmos FC has helped hundreds of players obtain a college education through soccer, with many of them receiving college scholarships to Division I and II programs. Many Kosmos players have earned roster spots in the Regional Olympic Development Program and have won many CJSL division crowns as well as State Cup titles. The club also has had seven players on the male and female side selected for the U.S. national youth pool and team.

“One of our biggest recent accomplishments as a club came in the summer of 2019 when two of our teams qualified for the Barcelona Summer Cup International Tournament in Spain,” Andreas Touros said. “We left victorious with our Kosmos FC TST Boys 2005 not only taking first place, but doing so undefeated, and our Kosmos FC Boys 2008/09 taking second place. ‘Best player of the Tournament’ and ‘Golden Glove’ were also awarded to Kosmos FC TST players.”

At the recent East Meadow World Cup Indoor Tournament held over Martin Luther King Day Weekend, Kosmos added to its trophy case as they had three champion teams. Players also earned 10 individual awards.

The club of 400 registered players, originally established in Flushing, N.Y. has developed soccer in the Rockaways. Last year, a third location was established on Long Island – Kosmos FC East. The club has organized a tournament on Father’s Day Weekend in June at Kissena Park in Queens for more than the past two decades, featuring close to 100 intramural and travel teams.

Kosmos FC prides itself in giving back to their communities with scholarship programs, free clinics, food and clothing drives for local churches plus holiday meals are donated to families in need.

Kosmos FC Flushing utilizes Kissena Park as a home field, TST Kosmos in the Rockaways has Fort Tilden as a home field. Kosmos FC East plays out of Glen Cove and Hicksville.

All its teams use Greek gods as team names.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.