Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association has announced that the Westchester Youth Soccer League has rejoined once the state organization.

The WYSL was affiliated under the Eastern New York umbrella from the league’s inception in the mid-1970’s until 2014. The league most recently had been affiliated with US Club Soccer.

“Eastern New York has a lot to offer, including the State Open Cup and the Challenge Cup, which are good fits for our players and teams, as well as more squads to play against,” WYSL president Samuel Arnoff said in a statement. “Our league has many multi-sport athletes that do not just want to play soccer year-round and they play other sports or perhaps they also concentrate on playing a musical instrument too. We have been speaking to Eastern New York president Richard Christiano and U.S. Youth Soccer president Skip Gilbert over the past couple of years about making the switch back to Eastern New York.”

The WYSL registers approximately 15,000 players under the age of 19 in 50-plus clubs, mainly in Westchester. The league also has clubs and teams in New York City and Putnam and Dutchess counties. These teams are registered in the WYSL and play in the Westchester Cup, Westchester Premier, Summer League and camps.

“We are very excited to have the Westchester Youth Soccer League return to Eastern New York,” Christiano said in a statement. “Centrally-located in Eastern New York, the WYSL programming is as diverse as the many players they serve.”

Added Arnoff: “The right thing for the kids was to come back to Eastern New York. We’re excited to be back!”

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