U8 - U9 Junior RCL Program
Designed to Equip Future Elite Players for Demands of Game

Eastside FC (EFC) is participating in the Washington Youth Soccer Regional Club League (RCL) Junior Program for boys and girls at the U8 and U9 age groups in both the winter/spring and fall.  The state’s implementation of the RCL Junior program is following the guidance of Claudio Reyna, the U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, who is encouraging developmental programs to start at earlier ages across the country.  “We have created this curriculum to serve as a blueprint for the thousands of coaches across the country working with these young players at such an important time in their development” says Reyna.  According to Gary White, Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director, “The RCL junior program allows our premier clubs to implement development best practices to equip our elite soccer players for the demands at the highest level of the future game.” 

Our objectives for players at this age include:
  • Have fun playing the game of soccer;
  • Begin to learn the fundamentals of the game from high-level premier coaches;
  • Develop skills, confidence, initiative and sense of teamwork; and
  • Promote and encourage the very highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play.
Teams and Coaching
THERE IS NOT A TRYOUT PROCESS FOR JUNIOR RCL. Teams are formed after the first two weeks of training.  Team roster size will be a maximum of 7 players for a 4v4 competition format and 11 players for a 7v7 format.  Team selection for the winter program takes place in January; and for the fall program takes place in August.  There is also summer training offered for Jr RCL players.

Practice sessions are one hour and 15 minutes long, and are held twice a week at Preston or Mercer Island depending on the program, generally either Tue/Thu or Wed/Fri. 

Preston and Mercer Island Options
Depending on the number of participants and field availability each session, we try to accommodate teams based on Mercer Island in addition to Preston. If we are unable to field a complete team at Mercer Island, players are given the option to join teams at Preston.

The game format will be 4-a-side for U8 and 7-a-side for U9, with the U8 halves lasting 20 minutes and the U9 halves going for 25-minutes.  Girls will play Saturday and boys on Sunday.  The season will be 10 weeks long. All games are held at Preston.

U8 and U9 Premier Option

U8 and U9 players who are developmentally ready have the option to play in Eastside FC's year-round U8 and U9 Premier RCL Program. Unlike the Junior RCL Program, U8 and U9 Premier teams are selected by tryouts.  Click here to learn more.


About the 2016/2017 Winter/Spring  Season

Important Dates


  • Nov 15, 2016 – Registration Open (See link at right.)

  • Jan 10, 2017 – All players registered by this date are guaranteed a spot.  We will try to place players who register after this date as space allows.

  • Jan 24/25, 2017 – Practice begins

  • Feb 4/5, 2017 – Games begin

  • Feb 18/19, 2017 – No games (Presidents weekend)

  • Apr 15/16, 2017 – No games (Easter weekend)

  • Apr 22/23, 2017 – Last weekend of games

For Preston-based JR RCL teams, boys and girls will train Tues/Thurs, 3:00-4:15 pm, in the summer. No games.

During the winter season, boys will train on W/F from 4:15-5:30 pm, and girls will train on T/TH, also from 4:15-5:30 pm. Mercer Island is in the process of confirming days and times.  We will update this page when the information becomes available.

Games During the winter season, the game format will be 4-a-side for U8 and 7-a-side for U9, with the U8 halves lasting 20 minutes and the U9 halves going for 25-minutes.  Girls will play on Saturdays and boys on Sundays.

Preston  and Mercer Island Locations

We are opening registration for Mercer Island as well as Preston for Winter/Spring B08 and B09, and G08 and G09.  The number represents the year the players were born.

For the Mercer Island-based teams, if we fall short of the necessary number of registrants for any team, players will have the option of joining a Preston-based team or getting a refund.

The uniform kits for the JR RCL Program can be purchased online. The uniform is the same kit as last year’s, so no need to buy a new one if you already have one.  You can replace items as needed. The required items are:
  • Adidas Blue Striker Short
  • Adidas White Metro  Socks
  • Adidas Grey Logo T-shirt
  • Adidas  Logo T shirt(Blue for boys and red for girls)
Please be sure to order the right color!
Please note, boys do not need to purchase the red t-shirts and girls do not need to purchase the blue t-shirts. In addition to these required items, players may purchase a cinch sack and/or Adidas Eastside FC hoodie from the site if desired. 
Please follow these steps:
  1. Go to
  2. Select 'Order Uniforms' from the 'Player and Family Resources' tab.
  3. Select the gray box 'Jr Program' located just above the red jersey.
  4. Order required items and any optional items in which you are interested.
For any more questions regarding the Jr RCL uniform, please contact Dawn Bolin, our uniform coordinator. Her email is



Why should I choose Eastside FC for the development of my child's soccer skills?

Eastside FC is recognized as one of the top youth soccer clubs in the country. The Club was selected by US Soccer to join the Development Academy Program on both the girls' and boys' sides, formalizing a clear development pathway through to US national teams for players through age 19. Eastside FC consistently ranks as one of the top regional clubs in league and post season play. Dozens of players, young men and women, graduate from our program and find their way to college soccer programs nationwide each year; many find their way to the Sounders Academy or to US National Team programs. As an official youth partner with the Seattle Sounders FC, EFC uses its exclusive access to the Sounders' coaching education and curriculum as a basis for its own. The club's Preston fields are easily accessible off I-90, and include lighted mini-, mod- and full-sized turf fields, a beautiful facility year round.


What clubs participate in the  RCL Junior League?

The RCL Junior program will consist of 4 geographically based divisions. The clubs in our league will be Eastside FC, Crossfire Premier and Seattle United.


Where can I find out more information about WA Youth Soccer RCL?
Go to or Regional Club League under Leagues at WA Youth Soccer site.

When will this program be offered during the year?
Annually there will be spring and fall sessions that are operated as distinct programs. The programs will be structured similarly.  In addition, there will be a training session for Jr RCL players offered over the summer. Registration for the summer program will be in late May and early June.  Fall program registration will begin along with the summer program, but will continue through mid-August, and Spring program registration takes place in January.  Please check the EFC website for exact dates and latest information.

Will there be any opportunities to continue player development during the summer?
EFC will offer a summer Jr RCL training program, open to U8/U9 players, players born in the 08 and 09 calendar year. Please check the EFC website for updated information.


Can my child play up to U8 or U9?

U7 play-ups to U8 will be allowed. Sorry, but we will not allow players younger than U7. U8 play-ups to U9 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Our goal is for the players to have a positive experience, and offer age appropriate training. See the WSYSA player age chart for more information.


How many teams do you expect to form?

EFC is expecting to form 3-4 teams per gender for each age group but this will depend on the number of players. We are expecting a similar number of teams for the other RCL clubs in our league.


I hear a modified field will be used; what is a modified field?

A modified field for 4v4 is approximately 25 x 35 yards and a field for 7v7 is approximately 35 x 60 yards. When you visit our home fields in Preston, you will see professionally built and marked modified turf fields. Most games will be played here. We will be using modified goals appropriate for these age groups.


More Information
Specific information about the spring and fall programs will be posted here. 

More information about the Washington Youth Soccer’s RCL league can be found at: .