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NEW SOCCER COMPLEX SLATED FOR STATEN ISLAND
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The Staten Island Youth Soccer League (SIYSL) will soon have a home of its own. SIYSL Vice President and Field Committee Chairperson Rob Libertelli made the big announcement during the SIYSL’s 12th Annual Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Ceremony on January 11 at the Staaten. SIYSL will build its fields on almost 10 acres in the area of Oakwood Beach.

Libertelli told a gathering of 300 that the league, with the help of local politicians plus lawyer and former Family Court Judge Ralph Porzio, was given land in the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged section of Oakwood Beach, where homes once stood.

“It is Staten Island Youth Soccer League’s land for the rest of our lives,” said Libertelli. “Did you ever think this was going to happen? Thanks to this Board, thanks to our friends, the Staten Island Youth Soccer League will have a home of its own!”

Depending on the size of the fields, SIYSL President Bill Smith is hoping to have room for three full-size fields and possibly two small-sided fields. They will be natural-grass fields as “it would be too risky to put in turf and have another Sandy event wipe away millions of dollars,” said Smith.

“I’m so happy that this all happened under my guidance with the current Executive Board,” Smith explained. “They made it all happen. They stepped up. Everybody wanted to see this. I can’t wait until the ribbon is cut for the fields.”

More than 5,200 players currently play in the SIYSL, the southernmost league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA).

“It’s a three-phase process,” explained Libertelli. “First, some of the area still has to be decommissioned by the state. Then everything has to be transferred into the name of the Staten Island Youth Soccer League. Then we can go from there and try to get grants and other money to start to build the fields.”

State Senator Andrew Lanza’s office was instrumental in making this all happen.

“We’ve been working on this with Senator Lanza for more than a year as well as the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery,” said Libertelli. “The state wanted to give the land to the city, but someone told the state about the Staten Island Youth Soccer League and that we have no official home and when they found out we were a non-for-profit organization, they thought it would be a good idea to see if we can work something out.”

Smith said the other playing sites the league uses will still be needed, but to a lesser extent.

Smith concluded, “Having our own fields will help us with scheduling and not waiting for other fields to open up for the season. We have the luxury of doing some things we wouldn’t have been able to do before.”

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Re: NEW SOCCER COMPLEX SLATED FOR STATEN ISLAND
Larry Miller #700179 01/23/18 11:32 AM
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A public private partnership is desperately needed in Nassau where private land is not available. Where are the soccer leaders and politicians to make it happen?

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
A public private partnership is desperately needed in Nassau where private land is not available. Where are the soccer leaders and politicians to make it happen?


Sadly, if there is no money to be made it won't happen. Look how much land LIJSL lost to commercial and residential development in Plainview.

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A public private partnership is desperately needed in Nassau where private land is not available. Where are the soccer leaders and politicians to make it happen?


Who in Nassau doesn't have enough fields between schools and parks? Granted its not all fields under one roof but there is plenty of space for everyone except the "for profit" outfits> Nassau is far from urban

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A public private partnership is desperately needed in Nassau where private land is not available. Where are the soccer leaders and politicians to make it happen?


Who in Nassau doesn't have enough fields between schools and parks? Granted its not all fields under one roof but there is plenty of space for everyone except the "for profit" outfits> Nassau is far from urban


We could use Brentwood type of field structure in a couple of parks in Nassau, scattered fields are not viable to build out a regional club.
In Suffolk SUSA looks like the real deal with facilities and footprint but Nassau is begging for a large scale field development.

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Larry Miller #700198 01/23/18 05:55 PM
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Brentwood is a NY State park not county or town
SUSA is town land but private investors $ to build
Barca is private $ and land I believe was also private

It appears from the story the land were sandy damaged properties purchased by state and now the state has found a use forland that the state does not need to take care of now

Nassa parks which are mostly county and town are mixed use with Eisenhower park 900 plus a res of mixe use with a HUGE aquatic center and an ice skating rink.

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A public private partnership is desperately needed in Nassau where private land is not available. Where are the soccer leaders and politicians to make it happen?


Who in Nassau doesn't have enough fields between schools and parks? Granted its not all fields under one roof but there is plenty of space for everyone except the "for profit" outfits> Nassau is far from urban


We could use Brentwood type of field structure in a couple of parks in Nassau, scattered fields are not viable to build out a regional club.
In Suffolk SUSA looks like the real deal with facilities and footprint but Nassau is begging for a large scale field development.
LI and Nassau County's soccer weakness has nothing to do with fields

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It is truth not every large scale soccer facility is affiliated with a great club but having travelled the country for soccer I can tell you every great club has a good facilities it calls home fields and do not depend on the good graces of the local board of education for a field here or there at their availability.... No doubt problems are deeper but facilities are a start.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
It is truth not every large scale soccer facility is affiliated with a great club but having travelled the country for soccer I can tell you every great club has a good facilities it calls home fields and do not depend on the good graces of the local board of education for a field here or there at their availability.... No doubt problems are deeper but facilities are a start.


Every club is playing all their games every weekend. It seems to be working out. Practicing or playing next to 10 other pitches does what? I get SUSA or Barca because its for profit so they need everything under one roof but clubs? Lets start with good training. Pele played kicking around a melon on dirt

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