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Team Placement FAQs

Q. How is my child assigned to a team?

For programs other than Select and Premier, once registration is closed, coaches and players will be assigned to teams. The coach or local EYSA club will then contact the parents to advise them of their child's placement. Players go through tryouts to earn a spot on local Select or Eastside FC Premier teams.

Q: What documents are accepted as Proof of Age?

According to Washington Youth Soccer (WYS), proof of age shall consist of a:

  • State-issued OFFICIAL birth certificate (hospital certificates are not official and not accepted)
  • Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173) issued by the uniformed services of the United States
  • Birth registration issued by an appropriate government agency or board of health records
  • Passport
  • Alien registration card issued by the United States government
  • Certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to age
  • Current Driver's License or Permit
  • Federal, state, or local government identification card
  • Certification of a United States citizen born abroad

Q: What can I do if I can't afford the total registration costs?

Your EYSA club is determined to make soccer available to as many children as possible. To this end we offer a scholarship program (Rec only, not Select, in year 1) which reduces the total registration costs for Recreational players. In order to be eligible for the scholarship program, families provide documentation that they qualify for free or reduced lunches through public school. Any/all financial info collected from parents to validate eligibility for the scholarship program will be kept private and confidential. In our first year of operation our scholarship fund will be small so we will not be certain of how many scholarships we are able to offer until registration has closed. Scholarships will awarded as a proportion of the total registration fees upon need. Any amount unfunded by scholarships will be the family's responsibility, however we can work with you to set up a payment plan so that the entire amount can be paid back over the course of the calendar year. Contact the club registrar for more information.

Q: What is the Placement Policy utilized by EYSA clubs for Recreational teams?

EYSA member clubs have agreed to abide by the EYSA Recreational Team Formation Policy for U8 and above. Individual player placements are made using the following prioritized criteria:

  1. Date and time of registration with payment
  2. Gender
  3. Age
  4. School
  5. Home Address

Q: How do you determine team composition?

By following the above player placement criteria, registrants are placed on a team in order of date/time of registration. Teams are formed with registrants from the same school whenever possible. If more than one school team is formed, registrants will be placed at random on a team with schoolmates (time stamp does not influence which team the registrant is placed upon.) If there are not enough registrants from one school to fill an entire roster, registrants from another school will be combined to form the team. Every effort is made to build teams from geographically close neighborhoods and to place players on teams with other children from their school or neighborhood. Team formation is subject to the availability of volunteer coaches.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Micro Soccer team rosters (U6 and U7) have absolutely no influence on the formation of teams at U8 and above.

Q: Will my child be on the same team as last year?

With the implementation of new USSF rules in 2016, determining player age by calendar year and not school year, there will be some changes in how teams are formed. (See New Rules for 2016) But, in general, returning players from U8-U17 recreational teams are given priority for placement on the same team if registered before June 15. Returning players who register after that date will go into the general player pool and be assigned to teams based on the date and time they registered and the availability of space on those teams.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Micro Program teams do not carry over to U8. All U8 players will be assigned to newly formed teams in the MOD program with placement emphasis based on the player's elementary school as in the above placement criteria.

Q: How do coaches influence team composition?

Coaches are not part of the Recreational team formation process. Coaches cannot request or "approve" new players on their roster. No rosters from coaches are accepted. Parent coaches are always guaranteed to have their child on their Recreational team.