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Who and What is ECYFL?

The Essex County Youth Futsal League, Inc. (ECYFL) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The purpose of the Corporation is to promote the game of futsal by offering training and playing opportunities for the youth of Essex County and its environs. Participants will be drawn from those member organizations that are currently members of the Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA) and Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association.  The intent is to offer offseason programs to bridge the period between the fall and spring outdoor seasons with these programs. ECYFL, unlike many other types of “indoor soccer” or other futsal leagues is operated in a manner consistent with Mass Youth, USYS and USSF policies, guidelines and protocols.

ECYFL is not part of ECYSA but is partnering and coordinating with ECYSA based on common goals, affiliations and participants.

ECYFL sought, and received, affiliation the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association as a member league to provide clear direction and guidelines under which residency-based and recreational players and other participants may have the aforementioned offseason opportunities without being limited to unaffiliated commercial entities, or in leagues generally focused on open league participants, or leagues outside of the general Essex County geographical area.

Key points:

  • Participants are required to be Mass Youth/USYS affiliated members. Affiliation may be through the participants’ home town/club or directly with Mass Youth.


  • USSF Certified Futsal officials will be used for all matches that such officials are available. Use of officials lacking said certification will be limited to USSF Certified officials and limited to assignments as 2nd referees.


  • Matches will be governed by FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game using modified local rules of competition to such degree necessary and allowed under said Laws.


  • Offseason training programs will be offered, incorporating both futsal and general soccer training, in accordance with approved developmental curriculum, with futsal matches a component of the training program.


  • The Officers and Directors of the Corporation collectively represent decades of experience as coaches, match officials, and administrators of residency based leagues and Mass Youth member organizations.


Essex County Youth Futsal League Officers and Directors

President                                                            Janet Gargan                                                   Danvers, MA

ECYSA-Current Registrar, BOD member since 1996; Danvers Youth Soccer Treasurer (DYS), BOD member since 1992. ECYSA-Past Secretary and Age Group Director; DYS- Past President, Vice President and multiple other positions. USSF Assignor, Grade 8 Referee for 20+ years, Futsal Referee. ECYSA Referee Advisor, MSRC Assignor of the Year 2012. E License coach, youth soccer coach 20+ years.

Vice President                                                  Michael Blanch                                                  Danvers, MA

Current Director of Player and Coach Development, and Tournament Director, Danvers Youth Soccer. DYS BOD member since 2008. Founder and Director of First Touch Soccer.  Former Aztec coach. D license coach, youth soccer coach 15+ years.

Secretary/Clerk                                                 Jeffrey Chambers                                             Danvers, MA

Mass Youth BOD member (2015); ECYSA-Education Director and BOD member since 1999. Danvers Youth Soccer (DYS)- Director, Finance Chair,  BOD member since 1997. ECYSA-Past President, Vice President, Secretary and Age Group Director.  DYS- Past President, Tournament Director and multiple other positions. USSF Assignor, Grade 8 Referee 13 years, Fustal Referee. ECYSA Referee Advisor and program director. F license coach, youth soccer coach 20+ years.

Treasurer                                                            Jodi Blanch                                                       Danvers, MA

Current Treasurer, Danvers Girls Basketball.  Tournament Treasurer and Concessions Director, Danvers Youth Soccer.

Director At Large                                              William Clark                                                      Bradford, MA

ECYSA-Current Age Group Director, and BOD member since 2014.  Haverhill Youth Soccer (HYS)- Director and  BOD member since 2005. HYS- Past Secretary, Registrar, Travel Director, and Communications Director.  Former coach and BOD member, Haverhill Little League Baseball.  E license coach, youth soccer coach 10+ years.

Director At Large                                              John Graves                                                       Manchester, MA

ECYSA- Current At Large Director, Chair of Rules Committee and BOD member since 2004. ECYSA- Past Vice President, Age Group Director.  Manchester- Essex Youth Soccer (formerly Manchester Soccer Club) Past President, and other positions.  USSF Grade 8 Referee and D license coach, youth soccer coach 20+ years.

Director At Large                                              Dean Sidell                                                         Gloucester, MA

ECYSA- Current Age Group Director, Tournament Director, and BOD member since 2012. President, Fisherman Youth Soccer. Varsity coach, F license coach, youth soccer coach 20+ years.