History of the Oswego Youth Soccer Association


The Oswego Youth Soccer Program was founded in 1977 by Dick Benjamin, a physical education instructor at the Campus School in Oswego. The program began with seven volunteers, novice coaches, and the loan of the soccer field at the Campus School at SUNY-Oswego. Prior to this date, there was no soccer program in Oswego (including the school system). By 1980 the program grew to over 400 boys and girls in grades 1-6. The soccer program in Oswego joined the Central New York Junior Soccer Association in 1985. As the program continued to expand in size, a Board of Directors was formed in 1985 to assist in running this organization. Dick Benjamin served as President of this organization until his death on May 19, 2000.

The Oswego Youth Soccer Program is affiliated with the Central New York Junior Soccer Association, New York State West Youth Soccer, and the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Today, the Oswego Youth Soccer Association enrolls approximately:

  • 420 players in the fall house league program,
  • 100 players in the winter house league program,
  • 150 players in the winter travel program,
  • 440 players in the spring house league program, and
  • 180 players in the spring/summer travel program.
Last year, nearly 800 players participated in one or more of the above seasons.