ENY Youth web site article
By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
June 27, 2011-The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association congratulates Gus Xikis on becoming President of the Long Island Soccer Football League.
“It’s a pleasure to learn that Gus Xikis is the new President of the Long Island Soccer Football League,” commented Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association President Richard Christiano. “Knowing Gus for many years and all the volunteering he has done, and still is doing with the youth, I see an easy transition from the Long Island youth to the amateurs. We wish him well and will support him as always.”
“My plan is to get started working on our relationship with everybody, including the Long Island Junior Soccer League,” Mr. Xikis stated. “We at the LISFL started the LIJSL a long time ago and we need the players who want to continue to play soccer to come to us after they have graduated from the LIJSL when they are 19.”
Mr. Xikis is a Hall of Famer of both Eastern New York and the United States Adult Soccer Association as well as being a life member of the LISFL. He played defender and goalkeeper plus his coaching career began in the 1970’s and includes baseball on his résumé.
The North Bellmore resident added, “We also need our Under-23 summer league to grow again. We used to have 50 teams, including women’s teams, and now we are down to 15 teams, all male.”
“Gus is a no-nonsense person who I just spoke to today and I think that he’ll do great as President of the LISFL,” commented George Snizek, the longtime Chairperson of the LISFL Arbitration Committee.
The LISFL was founded in 1948, way before the youth soccer boom, and Xikis is its 14th President, succeeding Bruce Friedman.
With 120,000 youth soccer players and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 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 Special Children. 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 http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.
Director of Public Relations
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
53 North Park Ave., Suite 103
Rockville Centre, NY 11570