When is registration?
Registration varies but typically begins on April 1st and continues thru mid-June --- see the Registration pages of each of the EYSA clubs for more information. Please note that if your child is playing for the first time we require a copy of a birth certificate for proof of age. Now with on-line registration, it is important to know that your child isn't counted as fully registered until a copy of a birth certificate is received by the Club. Registration is done online and advertised in local papers, with signs and flyers at local schools.
How much does it cost?
Please see each clubs' Registration page for current costs as they vary slightly by club. There may also be a penalty for late registration. Also, if you register late, there is no guarantee that you will be placed on the same team as last year. Registration amounts are a factor of costs to bring you the facilities and administration required to run the soccer Club. Field maintenance and rentals are a big slice of the budget. These costs increase every year.
When are the games?
Most U-6 and U-7 games are played on Saturday mornings. Most U-8 to U-13 games are played on Saturdays. For boys soccer U-14 and up the games are on Sunday. Girls play on Saturday until U-15, then switch to Sundays. These days can't be changed as the individual clubs only have so many time slots for games each weekend day, and the schedule needs to fit all of the Eastside teams on the schedule. Teams generally play around 10 games for the season.
When is the season?
The REC season begins just after Labor Day in September and runs on consecutive weekends until completed --- typically about 10 weeks in total. Practices typically start in mid August but exact start date depends on the coach. For Club Select teams with a fall season the season will run longer into early December for regular season and will extend into the early winter for tournament play. For High School girls Select (GU15 and above) the season may start immediately after the HS season finishes and continue through March. Select teams typically begin practice and pre-season tournament play in May/June.
How is EYSA and its associated clubs managed and administered?
EYSA is powered by volunteers, particularly parent coaches without whom our programs would be impossible. Coaches not only put in hours on the sidelines (no matter the weather!) but also behind the scenes developing practice and game plans to create a fun and educational experience for our children. Any coach will tell you the rewards far outweigh the effort, but it's nice to have help! Please consider volunteering to support EYSA soccer. There are many opportunities beyond coaching, from Team Parent, to helping at Club events, to serving on the Board of Directors.
How much playing time should my child reasonably expect?
EYSA rules require that all recreation level players play at least 50% of every game. The only exceptions allowed are if the player misses practice, or their actions require some form of reasonable discipline by the coach. This 50% rule continues into U12 Club Select and then for U13 and above Club Select, playing time is at the discretion of the coach.
What ages does the club support?
EYSA supports Girls and Boys programs for U-6 through U-18. Ages are referred to as U-xx, where the 'U' indicates "under", and xx is the age. So, U-8 indicates an age group that is under 8 years old at the time of cutoff. The cutoff date is July 31, so in order for a child to play U-8, they would have to be not older than 7 years old on July 31st of that playing season. A player needs to be at least 5 years of age as of the cutoff date to be added to a team. Each EYSA club usually maintains an Age Chart to help to determine your child's U-xx level.
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), to studs (6-8 metal spikes 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. Older teens and adults may benefit from studs, and then usually only when the game is being played on a field with exceptionally long or wet grass. 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.
What are my options for playing Premier level soccer within EYSA?
EYSA offers a single great option for Premier soccer --- that is EFC (Eastside Football Club). Premier soccer is intended for players looking for development at the highest levels. The individual EYSA clubs all offer Club Select programs, but if you feel that your child is ready for year-round top flight soccer you can contact and tryout for EFC
How is EFC different from Crossfire Premier?
EFC is the Premier club option for EYSA and Crossfire is the Premier club option for the Lake Washington Soccer Association. Crossfire Select is the equivalent program to EYSA's Club Select programs.
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 EYSA clubs which are conducted using non-USYS and non-WYS rules and philosophies.