About the LCSFAPublished on July 21st, 2013
The Lehigh County Sports Fields Association (LCSFA) was established in 1993 to oversee the development and operation of a sports complex, primarily geared for soccer, to support local athletic organizations and promote the Lehigh Valley region. The outcome is a first-class, family oriented facility with a total of ten playing areas (3 equipped with lights), a picnic pavilion, parking space for players and spectators, and a walking/running track. Thousands of players, from under 6 to over (way over) 40 years old, utilize the complex each year.
This significant investment also provides facilities for soccer tournaments drawing from the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern states areas. The site currently hosts five soccer tournaments and three ultimate frisbee tournaments each year, bringing families into Lehigh County, which utilize local hotels, restaurants, and various shopping centers. The complex’s positive impact on business and regional recognition to Lehigh County are important community contributions.
In addition to offering a family friendly athletic environment, the LCSFA is focused on offering soccer activities to inner-city youth of Allentown.
LCSFA is one of several main sponsors of the Allentown Youth Soccer Club (AYSC), which evolved from one of LCSFA's outreach programs for inner-city children living in Allentown. AYSC, founded in 1998, is a nonprofit, educational organization whose purpose is to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer for the children of Allentown. Programs are designed to introduce the Game to children (Intramural program), develop their athletic skills, promote sportsmanship, foster teamwork and provide an opportunity to play on recreational and travel teams at reduced fees. Additionally, AYSC stresses academic achievement and physical well-being. AYSC’s objective is to give Allentown children opportunities for physical activity, while also teaching players (and their parents) life skills.
Without soccer fields of their own, AYSC depends upon the city of Allentown and the Allentown School District for fields to run their beginner Intramural program and for recreational/travel team practices and games. LCSFA provides a place for travel teams to play their home games. With this support from the city, school district and LCSFA, as well as other local businesses and foundations, AYSC is able to provide opportunities for Allentown's children to play on soccer teams at prices their families can afford.