As soccer’s popularity continues to grow and more girls play the game locally and across the country, NY Surf this spring will debut a team as part of United Women’s Soccer league.
Considered the second tier league of women’s soccer in the U.S., the Surf UWS team will begin play in May and recently held its first tryout in Mt. Vernon. Surf officials expect more tryouts prior to the start of the season.
Matt Popoli, president of NY Surf, said the roster for the UWS side debuting this spring will likely be comprised of top level high school and college players from the New York Metropolitan area, including Long Island. In addition, there is also an opportunity for those veteran players who are looking for a high level of competition but do not play soccer on a full time basis.
In an interview with SleterFC.com, Popoli said having a team in UWS is important in the further development of players involved with his club.
“It is something we really felt we had to do, rather than have our players go play for another team,” he said. The club is also taking a similar route on the men’s side, having held tryouts for an EDP team in early January with a second tryout set for February 1 at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington.
In 2016, UWS East included two local teams, Long Island Rough Riders and New York Magic. While the league had teams playing on the east and west coasts, it continues to grow and in recent weeks has added teams in Ohio and Michigan to a new Midwest Division.
While a final roster for the UWS team along with its coaching staff has yet to be finalized, the team does have a home field. The Surf women’s team will play at SUNY Maritime in Throggs Neck, NY.
NY Surf currently has nearly 20 youth teams for boys and girls. The club is the East Coast operating affiliate of the San Diego Surf Soccer Club and serves the entire New York metro soccer market. According to its website, NY Surf shares the Surf “Best of the Best mission to provide boys and girls players as young as U8/U9 with the best coaching and player development program.