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Eastern New York Considers All That We Can Be Thankful For

By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association 

November 24, 2020-It has been said that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. When the pandemic spread in March and society locked down, we had to live without dining out, attending movies or religious services plus learning and working remotely. And Covid canceled the youth soccer Spring Season, although our players were still able to practice by themselves or with family members in their backyards or in the local park.

Team practice in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) returned on July 6 with games rebooting a few weeks later. Although a small number of games have been canceled this fall because of players testing positive, we don’t know of any local cases that have spread through youth soccer as the world’s most popular sport remains a wonderfully healthy, cardiovascular activity.

Just as soccer is different as we are following the numerous Covid guidelines so all participants remain safe, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will have a very different look as all activity will be focused on Herald Square and the only way to watch will be on television.

Particularly during this very challenging year, we at Eastern New York are thankful for the love of family and friends, health, shelter, freedom plus that, against the odds, we had a Fall Season. Happy Thanksgiving!

With approximately 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with nine leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.