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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 in 2015.  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), adjacent leagues 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, operated in a manner consistent with Mass Youth, USYS and USSF policies, guidelines and protocols.

ECYFL is neither part of, nor affiliated with, ECYSA but is partnered and coordinated with ECYSA based on common goals, affiliations and participants.

ECYFL sought, and received, recognition by, and affiliation with, the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association as a 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, individually, or through ECYFL.


  • 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.


  • Grade groups will be current Grade 3/4 (9/10U), Grade 5/6 (11/12U) and Grade 7/8 (13/14U). High School grade groups will be added if demand warrants and space is available..


  • 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.


  • An offseason training program 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 2021-2022


President                                                            Janet Gargan                                                      Danvers, MA

Mass Youth Board of Directors (2018); Mass Youth Futsal Program Committee Chair and Genesis Referee Program co-director.

Essex County Youth Soccer Association- Current Registrar, BOD member since 1996; Past Secretary and Age Group Director

Danvers Youth Soccer - Current Treasurer, BOD member since 1992. Past President, Vice President, Tournament Director and other positions.

Coaching- United Soccer Coaches Futsal Diploma, Assistant Coach and Club Administration Certificate, USSF E License coach, USSF Grassroots 9v9 certificate, youth soccer coach 20+ years, Mass Youth TSL coach.

Other- USSF Assignor, USSF Grassroots (Grade 8) Referee, Futsal Referee. ECYSA Referee Advisor, MSRC Referee Development Advisor, MSRC Assignor of the Year 2012, MSRC Mentor of the Year 2017.


Vice President                                                  Michael Blanch                                                  Danvers, MA

Danvers Youth Soccer-Director of Coaching, Tournament Director & DYS BOD member since 2008.

Coaching- USSF D license coach, youth soccer and futsal coach for over 16 years, Mass Youth TSL coach. Former Club Coach

Other- Founder and Director of First Touch Soccer.  


Secretary/Clerk                                                Jill Thresher                                                     Georgetown, MA

Essex County Youth Soccer Association- Vice-President, North Shore and Board member since 2016.

Georgetown Youth Soccer- Assistant Travel Director, Board of Directors since 2013.

Andover Soccer Association Board, 2010-2013.

Coaching- Mass Youth TSL coach. Youth soccer coach 10+ years, USSF E License, USSF Grassroots licenses for 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11.

Other- USSF Grassroots (Grade 8) Referee,  ECYSA Referee Mentor.


Treasurer                                                            Jeffrey Chambers                                             Danvers, MA

Mass Youth Board of Directors (2015); Mass Youth Futsal Program Committee and Genesis Referee Program co-director;

Essex County Youth Soccer Association- Director-at-Large and BOD member since 1999. Past President, Vice President, Education Director, Secretary and Grade Group Director

Danvers Youth Soccer -  Associate Director, BOD member since 1997.  Past President, Tournament Director and multiple other positions.

Coaching-  United Soccer Coaches Futsal and Urban/Underserved Diplomas, and Club Administration Certificate, USSF F license coach, youth soccer coach 20+ years.

Other- USSF Assignor, USSF Grassroots (Grade 8) Referee 15+ years, Fustal Referee. ECYSA Referee Advisor, MSRC Referee Development Advisor. MSRC Mentor of the Year 2016. US Youth Soccer Futsal Committee Co-Chair.


Director At Large                                              Sam Chambers                                                       Danvers, MA

Danvers Youth Soccer- Associate Director, Senior Referee Mentor, Futsal co-director and mentor, past player U5-U19.

Coaching- DYS Fundamentals assistant coach, USSF Grassroots 4v4 certificate, ECYFL Academy assistant

Other- USSF Grassroots (Grade 8 Referee) 15+ years, Futsal Referee, ECYSA Referee Advisor, MSRC Referee Development Advisor.


Director At Large                                              William Clark                                                    Bradford, MA

Essex County Youth Soccer Association- Vice President, Northeast, and BOD member since 2014.  Prior positions include Grade Group Director and Girls Commissioner.

Haverhill Youth Soccer BOD member 2005-2016. Past Secretary, Registrar, Travel Director, and Communications Director. 

Coaching- USSF E license coach, youth soccer coach 10+ years.

Other- Former coach and BOD member, Haverhill Little League Baseball. 


Director At Large                                              Sharon Clement                                                    Danvers, MA

Essex County Youth Soccer Association- Director-at-Large since 2020

Danvers Youth Soccer- Vice-President, Tournament Director, past President, Registrar and Grade Group Coordinator.

Coaching- DYS Fundamentals coach, Mass Youth TSL coach, USSF Grassroots 9v9 certificate, youth soccer coach 15+ years.


Director At Large                                              Stephanie McArdle                                                  Billerica, MA

Mass Youth Board of Directors (2019); Mass Youth Futsal Program Committee; Urban and Underserved Community Program Committee

Beyond Soccer/Lawrence Youth Soccer- founder and Executive Director


Director At Large                                              Ryan Reed                                             Beverly, MA

Beverly Youth Soccer Association- Director of Soccer Development, past President, past Secretary

Coaching- USSF D License, 10+ years experience Grade K-8, futsal coach

Director At Large                                              Dean Sidell                                                    Gloucester, MA

Essex County Youth Soccer Association- President, Tournament Director, and BOD member since 2012. Past Grade Group Director

Fisherman Youth Soccer and Cape Ann United Youth Soccer, past President

Coaching- Varsity coach, USSF F license coach, youth soccer coach 20+ years.


Director At Large                                              James Talbot                                                      Saugus, MA

Essex County Youth Soccer Association- Grade Group Director, BOD member since 2015.

Other- USSF Grassroots (Grade 8 Referee), Futsal Referee, ECYSA Referee Advisor, MSRC Referee Development Advisor.