The Erie Youth Soccer Association is a volunteer organization with the primary objective to bring summer soccer to as many participants as possible. Our Association promotes the teaching of soccer to our youngsters in an atmosphere that is noncompetitive, fun and helps our participants become the best they can be. We do not honor individuals or teams in our Association. We encourage you to support all players efforts and to promote good sportsmanship and fair team play.
Erie Youth Soccer Association conducts a developmental youth soccer program where players are expected to learn basic skills and the rules of the game. As a part of the program, players are also learning how to conduct themselves as responsible youth. To that end, EYSA expects that only the most civil behavior will be practiced on the soccer field by players, parents, referees, coaches, other spectators and officials.
Erie Youth Soccer Association History
Erie Youth Soccer Association began in 1974. It was founded by a group of seven fathers looking for a soccer experience for their children. Jerry Gould, Jim Faulkner, Walt Horner, John Kane, Herb Lauffer, Ken Ledbury and Rick Santos began the organization with Sunday games on the grounds of Behrend College. The inaugural season had 167 soccer players on 12 teams, ranging in age from 6 to 17. The second season saw a doubling of participants.
The organization continued to grow over the years to a high of 4,000 players in the mid 1980’s. In the early 1980’s, the organization branched into various geographic areas through-out Erie County. In 2001, we added $2,500 scholarships for a boy and a girl over the age of 16. This scholarship is in memory of long time EYSA supporter Rand Garrity.
To help prepare for the season, we offer pre-season player training programs. This includes two sessions designed to provide kills training to the players and some practice drill ideas to the coaches. We hope to continue and expand that program this year and beyond.
The Erie Youth Soccer Association continues to be committed to friendly, fair fun on the soccer field for the children of Erie County. We are holding steady with about 3000 participants. Of course we could not exist without the support of our sponsors and the help of our many volunteers including the Board of Directors, Area Directors and coaches.