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Miscellaneous FAQs

Q: What equipment will my child need?

The only thing any player really needs is a ball and the desire to play. Footwear can range from indoor soccer shoes (grooved rubber sole), to turf shoes (small rubber nubs), to cleats (10-12 molded plastic pieces on soles). The field surface and weather conditions will determine the appropriate footwear. The flatter and harder the field, players will want flat, soft shoes (indoor or turf). Playing on grass usually requires cleats. Shin guards are also mandatory equipment for any official game. Shin guards can cost as little as $5 or more than $50, depending on the materials. They can range from a simple piece of plastic to state-of-the-art synthetic materials. The strength of the shin guard materials is in direct proportion to the strength of the opponent's kicking ability.

Q: What's the advantage to starting so young, at U6-U7 in the Micro program?

Just as in school where kindergartners learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic at an early age, so too is there great upside in building a core soccer foundation when kids are young. The foundation years are aimed at creating a base for all aspects of more advanced soccer. The primary goal from a soccer perspective is to develop the individual player's comfort with the ball at their feet, while reinforcing at every turn that soccer is fun. The technical foundation established at these ages allows for more advanced concepts to be taught and developed in the future. Additionally, Micro soccer allows coaches to instill the basic concepts of successful team participation and individual effort. The emphasis for each player is on learning to give their best effort on a consistent basis.

Q: Is there an EYSA soccer curriculum?

Yes, EYSA utilizes a well-documented curriculum that is applied both to our coach training and development as well as to our player training and development. The curriculum is a set of guidelines and best practices which each club employs. EYSA's development philosophy focuses on developing skillful, thoughtful players who will love and enjoy the game of soccer throughout their lives. The curriculum emphasizes increasing player confidence playing the ball away from pressure at all times irrespective of field position. The EYSA development model is consistent with guidelines set forth by US Youth Soccer, as well as widely accepted best practice principles found in the modern game worldwide. EYSA players are thoroughly coached in each of the four pillars of the game: technical, tactical, physical and psychosocial. We strive for association-wide consistency in our training and development. Supportive parents who appreciate and understand the long term view of development are a vital component of the process.

Q: Are all programs offered by EYSA clubs fully sanctioned under the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) rules and regulations?

Yes, but mileage may vary. What this means is that USSF recognizes a myriad of soccer affiliate organizations which it sanctions and with whom it encourages "interplay" between affiliates. But not all affiliate organizations are created equal with respect to what programs, policies and philosophies that they offer. EYSA operates under the guidance and bylaws of the WYS (Washington Youth Soccer) which is itself a member of USYS (United States Youth Soccer) - one of the affiliates of the USSF. There are currently some programs being offered, however, by greater Seattle area clubs (including some clubs on the Eastside) which are conducted using non-USYS and non-WYS rules and philosophies.

Q: Does artificial turf pose a health risk?

We've discussed this matter with US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation, and their stance is that there is no scientific evidence that artificial turf poses a health risk. Washington Youth Soccer's official position lies with US Youth Soccer as the governing body, and at this time there is no reason to suspect that artificial turf poses a health risk.

Q: What kind of coaching education do you provide? We find as the kids get older, we know less about the game and it's harder to instruct them.

The answer comes in three parts :

  • We have an online curriculum that EYSA sources from Ajax (one of the top European pro clubs) and makes available to all EYSA clubs. Coaches can use that to help prepare drills and practices.
  • EYSA employs two Technical Directors. Approximately 70%+ of those technical directors' jobs will be to visit coaches at their games and practices to provide tips, tricks and advice.
  • EYSA will hold a set of pre-season coaches' clinics (available to all Rec and Select coaches). We will offer "Beginner," "Intermediate" and "Advanced" certificates/diplomas and respective clinic tracks so all levels of coaches will have an opportunity to learn something new. These clinics will take place in late August/early September: exact dates still TBD.

Q: What do I do if I have a problem with the coach (such as not treating all players fairly, unequal playing time, etc.)?

Talk to the coach first. Most problems can be resolved immediately simply by taking up your concern with the coach. If you feel that this hasn't provided a solution to your concern, please contact your local EYSA club directly for further follow up.

Q: Beyond the state tournaments at the end of the fall season, are there any other tournaments that are appropriate for a Rec team to enter?

Most tournaments are geared more towards the Select or Premier level teams, but there are some which might work for certain Rec teams. Please inquire and we'll provide you with some suggestions.