A Message from the President of SSI
"Many years ago it was recognized that after the competitive travel teams were formed there was a need to allow recreational soccer players a place to play but many clubs only had a few players left and not enough to form pure age divisions for them. In order to avoid putting multiple age groups together (an unsafe environment), the need to help each other was obvious. As the years went on, the clubs were willing to put their heads together to help these players and form a cooperative friendly program for them to play in.
Being a past president, and knowing the urgent need to form this type of program, both my wife and I stepped up to help. The "Inter-town" (called in the 80s) interleague program began in 1987 and has been serving Suffolk since that time. In the fall of 1986, the organization started with 18 teams and 5 clubs, mainly 7th grade and up. In the fall of 1998 came the formation of the non-profit organization SSI.
Over the years, the program has grown and now serves over 350 teams and over 47 Clubs in Suffolk and a few in Nassau County. We offer pure age divisions from U8 to U17 both in the boys and girls divisions and are most proud of the fact that we continue to allow the recreational players to play with our Adult League of U19-U23 players.
This cooperative between clubs started out being called Inter-town, then Interleague and finally SSI. It is important to remember that the success of the program comes from the cooperation amongst the Clubs. The name SSI is just that, a name, so the teams playing have a way of identifying where they play. And they are playing just for the fun of it!
Sincerely Yours in Soccer,
— Louis Sventora,
President of SSI