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 With their annual awards dinner, our friends at NJ Youth Soccer brought together over 900 young soccer players, coaches, trainers, and award winners to pay tribute to the beautiful game of soccer.  Many nations, languages and cultures were represented proving that soccer is universal.  Nj Youth Soccer represents more than 100,000 soccer players, 20,000 coaches and thousands of volunteers.  Read more here:

NJYS players pose with keynote speaker Yael Averbuch (Jeffrey Auger)
East Windsor, N.J. (Feb. 6, 2019) ― NJ Youth Soccer hosted its 31st Annual NJYS Awards Dinner presented by RWJBarnabas Health over the weekend, where many players, coaches and members of the soccer community participated in the celebration. With more than 900 guests in attendance at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J., the 2019 event was the largest in its 31-year history.

Among the many highlights of the evening was the induction of long-time The College of New Jersey women’s soccer and ODP head coach Joe Russo into the NJYS Hall of Fame. Also, New Jersey native and professional player Yael Averbuch delivered a powerful keynote address to a room full of engaged spectators.

NJYS honored many volunteers, coaches, players and scholarship winners throughout the night with awards provided by Wilson Trophy, the official supplier of NJYS and US Youth Soccer. Representatives from the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer were among the guests at the event, and college soccer coaches from local universities such as Rutgers University, Rider University, Monmouth University, Rowan University and TCNJ were also in attendance. Additionally, more than 20 state, regional and national championship teams were recognized with special presentations, as were ODP coaches and regional players.

Official NJYS partners including RWJBarnabas Health, adidas, Sky Blue FC, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy and Stack Sports activated on-site to the delight of the players. Microsoft, Soccer Post, Topps Trading Cards, US Soccer, Major League Soccer, iPlay America, Sips & Kicks and GraceChurch also contributed door prizes to the festivities.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as NJ Youth Soccer celebrates the various winners and honorees from the 31st Annual NJYS Awards Dinner presented by RWJBarnabas Health with additional announcements.To find out more about New Jersey Youth Soccer or to contact us directly, please email Also make sure to follow us on social media: @NJYouthSoccer
About NJ Youth Soccer Association
New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 100,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old; 20,000+ coaches; and thousands of volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship. The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach and referee training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs.

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February 19, 2019

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