John Yorke was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time after leading PLU to a second-place finish in the NWC standings. The Lutes tied a program record with 15 wins and defeated then-fourth-ranked Whitworth 2-0 in October for the team's first-ever win over a top-five-ranked team. A record 17 different Lutes scored at least one goal in 2015 as PLU contended for the NWC title until the final day of the season, finishing the year with an 11-3 conference record and a 15-5 overall mark.
Recently Joe Birklid and the WP College Program took 180 club members up to the University of Washington. “It was a fantastic experience,” said Program Coordinator Joe Birklid. “Our families got to meet assistant Coach Amy Griffen who gave us a personal tour of the athletic facilities.” The parents and players got to see the locker rooms, meeting rooms, weight training center, and much more. They even got to walk through the famed Husky Tunnel and out onto the stadium field. Beyond athletics, Joe Birklid also took the group up onto the main campus to tour the school.
The evening was capped off with a tremendous game between the Huskies and the WSU Cougars. “I think the more we get our players onto college campuses, watching games, and setting the expectation that yes—college is for you, the better” reflected Joe Birklid.
On October 17th, the WP College Program teamed up with Seattle Pacific University to give our families a first hand look at what playing soccer in college looks like.
The experience went really, really well. Head coach Mark Collings and his staff at SPU were phenomenal. The parents and our kids were treated like honored guests as they met the coach, toured the campus, and watched the home team play the WWU Vikings. The whole evening was very impressive and it's a great first visit for our College Program.
Some of Mark's advice to our kids:
"The quickest way to get off my recruiting list is to have a low G.P.A."
"If you want to get noticed (recruited) you need to be reaching out to college coaches. Email them, call them, go visit their campus. We (college coaches) want players who want to be in our program."
"There's a place to play soccer for every kid. Not everyone can play at UW or SPU, but there's a level for everyone. Be proactive and find the right fit for you."
The next event will be an experience hosted by the University of Washington on November 5th. These types of college visits are definitely a big benefit for our families. We will have many alumni on the field that night and will be getting a personal tour of one of the best athletic departments on the west coast. Please RSVP by clicking HERE
Washington Premier FC is proud to announce the WPFC Juggling Club. The purpose of this program is to encourage our players to become more comfortable and connected to the soccer ball. If you can juggle the ball consistently, you are more likely to be consistent when receiving and reacting to the ball during the games.
How the program works:
Membership to the juggling club is easy. All you have to do is practice on your own. Once you get comfortable and feel confident in your skills you will have your mom or dad watch you and record the date and number of juggles achieved. Have your mom and dad email your accomplishment email@example.com along with your name, current team and shirt size. At the end of each month, shirts will be ordered and delivered to you and the recognition in our quarterly newsletter will be posted.
Use an age appropriate ball size
Once the ball hits the ground the count starts over
Juggle Milestones & Awards:
# of Juggles
Recognition in the WPFC Quarterly Newsletter
Black "WPFC 100 Club"
T-shirt and recognition in the WPFCQuarterly Newsletter
White "WPFC 250 Club"
T-shirt and recognition in the WPFCQuarterly Newsletter
Navy "WPFC 500 Club"
T-shirt and recognition in the WPFC Quarterly Newsletter & Website
Gold "WPFC 1000 Club"
T-shirt and recognition in the WPFC Quarterly Newsletter and Website and induction to the Juggling Club Hall of Fame
Congratulations to our first milestone level 500+ Club players:
Emily Bryant - Gold "WPFC 1000 Club" with 1476 juggles and So Rae Gerkingis - Navy "WPFC 500 Club" with 804 juggles
Welcome to U.S. Soccer’s presentation on the new Player Development Initiatives. We want to make sure all parts of the community are as informed as possible on our collective plan to develop players to best of their abilities.
The core objectives behind the small sided standards are as follows:
Fewer players on the field means more touches on the ball and increased touches translates to more individual skill.
Players who are more skilled may become more confident and comfortable when in possession of the ball.
The ratio of players to field size is designed to assist players with making the right kind of decisions and improving awareness.
This approach builds on itself as players get older and start playing with more players on bigger fields.
And as players get older, the building block approach also allows them to better integrate into a team model where they develop partnerships with the other players that make up the team.
Overall, the standards provide for an age-appropriate environment for players to achieve the objectives listed above.
Please note that the goal sizes and field sizes listed are meant to be the maximums used for playing games. Your local environment may require the use of goals and fields that are slightly smaller.
In addition to small sided standards, Birth Year Registration is also part of U.S. Soccer’s new player development initiatives. Unlike small sided standards, Birth Year Registration applies to all age groups of players and not just players 12 and younger. Not only will this change align players with the international standard, but it will allow organizers to be better informed to combat relative age effect when making teams for youth players.
Note that the “U” listed before the number can sometimes be misleading. When you see U6, remember that it means 6 and younger, and the same applies for all age groups.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE SUPPORT
Support is key. Unless we do this together, we won't be successful. Please have patience as these changes are implemented, as change takes time and it can be uncomfortable. It is also important to avoid misinformation and communicate with your local leaders.
This presentation is meant to provide everyone with accurate and consistent information about the changes. Feel free to share it and use it when speaking with key stakeholders such as parents, coaches, players, club directors and league presidents. Communicating these changes now allows for two full years of planning in case you need to adjust goal or field sizes.
Some parts of the initiatives are easier than others to implement. For example, we realize not every field will have the exact dimensions listed in the initiatives. We understand that facilities don’t change overnight so do your best to meet the standards. Educating parents on these standards will help reinforce the importance of player development and help make significant cultural change in the soccer landscape. U.S. Soccer also recommends that all coaches pursue the appropriate licenses so they are trained and prepared to best teach and develop players.
Overall, the success of these initiatives will be limited without the support and execution at the local level. This long-term plan is truly a collaborative effort between U.S. Soccer and all of its members. Together, we have the ability to transform the soccer landscape to develop players to best of their abilities.
Changing our soccer culture to prioritize the development of individual players ahead of team results will also allow us to create a future generation of players that can compete and succeed domestically and internationally for years to come.
First place winner of a $500 visa gift card...for the second straight year, from the G' 02 Black team the Alexander-Brown Family--Raiven sold 58 tickets. Seond place winner of a $350 visa gift card goes to the Pennypacker Family--Nicole on the G99 White team and sold 39 tickets. Third place winner of a $200 visa gift card goes to the Divano Family, Alisa is on the G05 Black team and sold 25 tickets. Congratulations to our 2015 auction ticket sale winners!
WPFC would like to thank all of you who supported our club's annual dinner and fundraiser. The evening was full of fun and excitement as members, coaches, and board members engaged in a club's annual social night out. Below are the lucky winners of great prizes.
Car Raffle Prize Winners
Grand Prize Jeep Cherokee or $17,000 in Cash: Glenda Vaca
Second Place $1,000 in Cash: Johnna Raby
Third Place $500 in Cash: Thomas Family (Lakewood Washington)
Event Raffle Prizes
1. Year of Club dues (2016 season) waiving of voluteer hours for 1 player: Anthony Shepard
2. Tekk Rebounder and Soccer.com: Lisa Brunner
3. Xbox Game Package: Kim Rivers
4. Sounders 2016 VIP Experience: Maria Urbina
5. Seahawks Game Package: Jeana Schwarzmann
6. GoPro Package: Chris Thomas
7. Chambers Bay Golf Package: Joe Mazatta
8. Date Night in Seattle: Eric Hooper
9. Apple Cup Husky Experience: Van & Julie Collins
10. Apple Cup Cougar Experience: Kim LoGerfo
11. Samsung TV and Netflix Gift Card: Mario Moreno
The Pacific Lutheran men's soccer team started off a three-match home stand Tuesday evening with a milestone 2-0 win over non-conference opponent Trinity Lutheran. The win brought more sentiment than usual for a midweek non-conference match, as not only did it improve the team's overall record to 7-3, but it also gave head coach John Yorke 150 wins for his career to surpass longtime coach Jimmy Dunn for the most by a men's soccer coach in PLU history.
"It's a cool milestone to reach," Yorke said. "All of those players that got those wins were really special guys."
The Lutes will be back to Northwest Conference action at home for the weekend, as they'll take on Linfield Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and follow it up with a match against Willamette Sunday afternoon.
Regional Club League (RCL) statement on USSF mandate
Of calendar-year age classifications
In response to a U.S.S.F. mandate beginning in August 2017, Washington Youth Soccer and the Regional Club Subcommittee have committed to transition from a school-year (Aug. 1 – July 31) registration model to a calendar-year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) registration model, effective for the 2016-2017 Regional Club League (RCL) season.
For more information on the transition to calendar-year registration for Regional Clubs, please contact the Director of Coaching for your Club.
Beginning in the 2016-2017 RCL season:
All teams will be based on calendar-year age classifications:
U18/19 for players born in 1997/98
U17 for players born in 1999
U16 for players born in 2000
U15 for players born in 2001
U14 for players born in 2002
U13 for players born in 2003
U12 for players born in 2004
U11 for players born in 2005
U10 for players born in 2006
RCL Jr for players born in 2007 and after
All tryouts will be staggered to midweek start dates so that players finishing State Cup play can do so without conflict.
Players may not be required to purchase new jerseys if there is a duplicate number on the new teams formed. Clubs will be required to mark the jersey numbers with alternate colors (distinct bright color, either a patch or dye) until the next uniform cycle for the team..
All teams in RCL play will ‘hold’ their current position unless evaluated by the club as requiring a move down for competitive purposes.
Washington Youth Soccer will announce further information on the rollout of changes from USSF and US Youth Soccer. Check WashingtonYouthSoccer.org or your Club’s website for additional updates.
U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players - 12 college players and 12 currently still playing for their youth clubs - with 13 players born in 1996, seven in 1997 and three in 1998, including WPFC ENCL Defender and University of Washington recruit Jessica Udovich to the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, CA from Wednesday, July, 22nd through Wednesday July, 29th. This is Jessica's first WNT call up and the ninth member of WPFC to bestowed with the honor of wearing of playing for a level of the US National Team.
WPFC is built upon the combined traditions of F.C. Royals and F.C. United, which share a rich history of, "creating champions on the field and in life". We take great pride in our Washington Premier F.C. student-athletes who come from diverse backgrounds and enjoy a wide variety of expertise in soccer. Click here for more information on WPFC players who have reached the elite ranks of the U.S. National Team.