Eastside FC is the premier soccer club within the Eastside Youth Soccer Association (EYSA), which includes the Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Hills, Mercer Island and Newport Youth Soccer Clubs, each of which serve their respective area with recreational and select soccer programs.
The US Soccer Development Academy exists to develop world class players, boys and girls, by providing more and higher quality training with fewer, but more meaningful games, and with a proper rest ratio for developing athletes. It is based on a 10-month training season. The Development Academy philosophy is closely aligned with that of Eastside FC's: the program reqires highly trained and qualified coaches, and shifts away from a results-driven training philosophy, toward a holistic approach to player development, teaching not only soccer, but important life skills, including respect and personal responsibility.
Eastside FC joined forces with Seattle Reign FC and Seattle United FC to significantly expand the Reign Academy as it prepares to play in the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy (DA), beginning in the fall of 2017. The new program creates a clear development pathway for EFC girls, and provides them access to Reign coaching, resources and opportunity.
Reign Academy is an elite female youth soccer program and founding member of the DA – a group of sixty-nine youth soccer clubs across the country that collectively represent the highest level of competition for female youth soccer players in the United States.
Seattle Reign FC is one of ten teams in the National Women’s Soccer League(NWSL). The two-time winner of the NWSL Shield, Reign FC features world-class talent from around the world, including USWNT superstar Megan Rapinoe. Reign FC plays its home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle on the Seattle Center campus.
Regional Club League (RCL): Eastside FC teams play in the Regional Club League (RCL) of Washington Youth Soccer (WYS), which is comprised of the WYS-sanctioned clubs in the state, and provides competitive opportunities at the highest levels for both boys and girls in age groups U10 – U18. In spring 2011, Eastside FC is joining the RCL’s junior program for boys and girls, U8 and U9.
Far West Regional League: The Far West Regional League was created by the State Associations, who are members of USYS Region IV in 2006 to provide the highest standard of competitive play for youth teams in US Youth Soccer Region IV (the Far West Region) and assure the continued growth and development of elite level players. Affiliation with USYS and State Association membership in USYS Region IV is a requirement for participation in the league. Region IV consists of the following state associations: Alaska, Arizona, California North, California South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
US Youth Soccer National League: The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation’s top teams in the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 boys and girls age groups. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country. Teams earn their spot in the National League via success in the US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
Memberships, Partnerships and Affiliations
Eastside FC is an official youth soccer partner of the Sounders FC. This is more than simply a youth development agreement; the official partnershiop provides benefits for every member of the club, including:
providing a clear pathway for Eastside FC boys who are looking to take their game to the next level;
providing EFC exclusive access with Sounders FC coaching education and curriculum to benefit our boys and girls, including the incorporation of ideas and best practices of the Sounders Academy into EFC training; and
closer alignment with the Sounders FC for events at Sounders' facilities and potential participation of Sounders players at EFC events.
Eastside Youth Soccer Association: Eastside FC is the premier soccer arm of the Eastside Youth Soccer Association, serving Seattle’s eastside soccer communities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Hills, Mercer Island and Newport.
Washington Youth Soccer: Eastside FC is a member of Washington Youth Soccer, the governing body of soccer in our state, whose mission it is to foster youth through soccer at all levels of age and competition inWashington. Washington Youth Soccer cooperates with the Seattle Sounders in its Elite Player Development (EPD) Program, created to identify and train young athletes in conjunction with US Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program. Eastside FC teams play in the Regional Club League (RCL), the highest level of competition offered through WYS. WYS also administers four state-wide tournaments to provide teams at all levels the opportunity to compete in post-league play, including the Washington State Championships, in which Eastside FC teams compete for an opportunity to represent their state in Far West Regional and National Championships.
San Diego’s Albion Soccer Club (ASC), like Eastside FC, is a nationally recognized soccer club, with which EFC has announced a strategic partnership that will focus on sharing best practices in areas like coach and player development, their club’s competition models and efficiencies in club operations and service.
US Youth Soccer: US Youth Soccer is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of US Soccer. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. The US Youth Soccer membership is divided into four regions; Washington Youth Soccer is part of the West (Region IV) which encompasses Alaska, Arizona, California-North, California-South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
US Soccer Federation: The US Soccer Federation, founded in 1913, is one of the world’s first organizations to be affiliated with FIFA. As the governing body of soccer in the United States (recreational, amateur and professional), US Soccer has continued to develop the sport at all levels, and found success in making soccer a preeminent sport in the United States.
FIFA: Since 1904, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has been the worldwide governing body of soccer. With 208 member associations across the globe, FIFA provides both elite competition (World Cup) and guidance to all levels of soccer being played in order to share its mission, “Develop the game; touch the world; build a better future.”