History

West Side Soccer League was founded by a group of parents in 1987. Upon its founding, it was associated with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) as Region 611. Burton Haimes, the then President of AYSO, played a critical role in the League's beginning. With the goals of balanced teams and everybody plays, the first games were held on October 4th of that year with 10 teams and 118 players.

Five of the first 118 West Side Soccer League players. Circa 1987

The founding Board Members of West Side Soccer League were Neville Coleman (Commissioner), Tim Wood (Chief Referee), Zina Steinberg (Treasurer), Margery Rosenthal (Chief Team Parent), Enrico Amaducci (Chief Coach & Safety Officer), Bill Stewart (Field/Equipment), Marvin Conan (Registrar), Tedda Marcus and Michael Weisser (Sponsorship). Neville Coleman, the first Commissioner of the League, was succeeded by Marc Freedman (1997-2001), Eddy Collyns (2001-05), Dana DiPrima (2005-2015) and now Meredith Berkowitz (2015-present).

Historical Timeline

1987 West Side Soccer League Founded & Associated with AYSO
  Neville Coleman becomes first WSSL Commissioner
  Starts with 10 teams of 118 players and core philosophy of Everybody Plays & Good Sportsmanship
1996 Travel teams separate from WSSL to become Manhattan Soccer Club
1997 Marc Freedman becomes second WSSL Commissioner
  Opened 101st Street Field in Riverside Park
  2500 players registered
1999 Kantor Fields open on Randall's Island
2001 Eddy Collyns becomes third WSSL Commissioner
  Registration exceeds 4,000 players
  Coach Education Nights Launched
  WSSL supports Riverside Park field development with $400K
2005 Dana DiPrima becomes fourth WSSL Commissioner
  WSSL opens new artificial turf fields at 103rd and 107th Street in Riverside Park (Thanks Marc & Eddy!!)
  On-line registration & website management for divisions & teams launched
2006 Small sided games introduced for all divisions
2007 First Annual "WSSL Salutes" Volunteer Appreciation Event
2011 Riverside Park Honors WSSL for its commitment to the Park
  WSSL Partners with NY Futsal for Winter Futsal Program
2012 WSSL Launches Tournament Program (Spring)
  WSSL Launches new Travel Program (Fall)
2015 Meredith Berkowitz becomes fifth WSSL Commissioner
  WSSL Launches new Development Academy Program (Fall)