Welcome to the web site of the Capital District Youth Soccer League. The league sponsors youth soccer play among 54 clubs in the east-central, and notheast parts of New York, Western Massachusetts, and Southwestern Vermont. As part of the US Youth Soccer, CDYSL belongs to the Eastern NY Youth Soccer Association.
CDYSL provides a healthy activity through its small sided games programs for the youngest players. These programs emphasize FUN, and de-emphasize winning at all costs. Every child is guaranteed playing time and the game is taught in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
For the player with advanced skills and greater ambition, highly competitive leagues and tournaments are available. This player might have his or her sights set on a college soccer scholarship or playing for the U. S. Olympic or National teams.
For all players, opportunities exist for league play, participation in local and regional tournaments, and statewide competition leading to a national tournament.
More than 7,000 players from 6 to 19 years of age participate in these competitions.
In addition CDYSL sponsors an outreach program for young athletes with disabilities (TOPSoccer).
The purpose of this league is to promote all aspects of the game of soccer to youths of the Capital District from the age of 6 up to the age 19.
The League provides an administrative link between the local club members and the Eastern New York Youth Soccer League and its parent organization, the United States Soccer Federation, whose members include the U.S. men’s and women’s National Teams and the professional soccer leagues such as Major League Soccer.
The Capital District Youth Soccer League is committed to providing all youth of this region the full opportunity to grow and develop in skill and the love and enjoyment of the game of soccer in hopes of helping them “kick start their lives with youth soccer!”
The Capital District Youth Soccer League, which was formed in 1978 and four teams Albany, Schenectady, Clifton Park and Troy) participated that summer in a hastily organized U-12 and U-14 boys’ brackets. CDYSL official affiliation with Eastern New York Youth Soccer Organization did not start until the following year, and CDYSL incorporated itself in March 1982.
By the spring of 1979, fifteen clubs affiliated themselves with the Capital District Youth Soccer League. The following 15 clubs were involved: Azzurri Soccer Club (Uncle Sam Braves); Albany Eagles; Bethlehem Soccer Club; Circle Soccer Club; Clifton Park Soccer Club; Greenbush Soccer Club; Guilderland Soccer Club; Hoosic Valley Athletic Association; Highland Soccer Club; Lake Hill Soccer Club; Niskayuna Soccer Club; Rotterdam Soccer Club; Troy Boys Club; Village Youth Soccer Club; and Waterford Soccer Club.
The first slate of officers for CDYSL reads like a Who’s Who of local soccer legends. The first President was Peter Clinton; Vice President was James Sinkins; Secretary was Cesare Maniccia; Treasurer was Peter Sand; Registrar was George Tilroe; and Scheduler was Charles Guinn.
In 1979 each club had one or two teams. Currently, we register over 460 teams (boys and girls) participating in the CDYSL Spring/Summer Travel League and play over 2800 games at all age levels. CDYSL is presently the second largest youth soccer league in the state, with 54 clubs and nearly 12,000 players (travel and recreational). Geographically, CDYSL a large area including 17 counties plus three clubs in adjoining states of Vermont and Massachusetts.
In addition to handling the tremendous and continuing growth of the league owing to the popularity of the “world’s favorite sport”, CDYSL is preparing to face new challenges in the coming years, including a massive expansion of services to our youth, not only to gifted players but also to casual and the physically and emotionally challenged players.
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