Spokane, WA - Committed to making soccer opportunities better for premier, select, and recreational youth players in the Inland Northwest, the Spokane Soccer Club (SSC) Shadow and FC Spokane are pleased to announce a program of cooperation for the upcoming year (2016-2017) as both clubs continue to work to a full cooperation for the 2017-2018 season.
While the clubs will remain separate entities, the premier-level programs -- from birth year 2002 and older, U15 and older -- will blend their player pools and coaching resources for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. FC Spokane will continue to operate out of Spokane Valley at the premier-level for ages 2003 and younger, at the select-level for all ages, and also with the youth development program. The cooperation will offer the best environment for player development for youth soccer in the Inland Northwest.
By the start of the 2017-2018 season, the intent will be to fully integrate all programming at all ages in a cooperative effort from both clubs.
“Spokane soccer players want to compete against the very best. Coaches in our area want to develop players that can compete and play at the highest levels. For youth organizations to work together, put differences aside, and cooperate to provide the opportunity for the youth players of our area to excel at whichever level a family and player chooses--what a great time to be a Spokane youth soccer player. This is a true coming together from a board-level down to the fundamental level of a soccer ball and teammates,” said SSC Shadow Technical Director Abbas Faridnia.
“Many different people have put in long hours to make this happen. All of those hours were worth the time as we continue, together, to provide the best opportunity for our players in our area,” continued FC Spokane Director of Coaching Jay Vela. “This is a fantastic opportunity to realize the Sounders development philosophy in Spokane and integrate both our programs with the Seattle Sounders Academy. I was once a young player growing up in Spokane, and know first hand that our players deserve this chance to represent Spokane and the outlying cities from which they reside, including North Idaho, Pullman and Moses Lake, a chance for us all to represent the region at the highest level of play. This cooperation is extremely exciting.”
The Regional Club League, hosted by Washington Youth Soccer, is the highest level of competitive premier-level league play in the state. The only club in the greater Inland Empire to belong to the RCL, SSC Shadow is a charter member of the league having met and maintained the stringent criteria for membership since its inception. SSC Shadow also offers select and recreational opportunities, serving around 1000 youth soccer members. SSC Shadow is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
FC Spokane, a Washington state non-profit organization, has about 800 players playing youth soccer from U8 to U19 for both boys and girls. FC Spokane has over 30 coaches and currently competes at all three levels of play, premier, select, and recreational soccer, and is a member of the Puget Sound Premier League. Since FC Spokane's inception in 2012, the club has grown at a rapid rate providing players opportunities across all levels of play.
“Our coaches and staff will work together toward full cooperation for the 2017-2018 season,” said Vela. Added Faridnia, “We have boys 2000, 1999, and 1998 tryouts coming up in a couple weeks. These ages will be the first tryouts of the cooperative effort between both clubs. The teams formed at these ages, and the ages of 2002 and older, are the first step of the club showing what the opportunity is and can be for the players in our area. Understanding that playing collegiate soccer is not our sole focus, nor our ceiling, the fact is that no other clubs in the Inland Northwest have produced more players in collegiate programs than SSC Shadow and FC Spokane.”
Annual tryouts for SSC Shadow and FC Spokane premier and select soccer will be held in May.
Boys High School tryouts will be Wednesday, February 24th, for the 2000-aged boys. For the 1999- and 1998-aged boys, tryouts will be Thursday, February 25th.
Registration and further details will be released early next week.
SSC Shadow serves Spokane’s premier, select, and recreational youth soccer players and senior men and women adult teams committed to advancing their skills and love of soccer by striving to achieve the highest standards training, instruction and competition in an atmosphere of teamwork, respect, and professionalism. Shadow is the only Inland Empire member of the Regional Club League (RCL) which consists of the top 20 clubs in Washington Youth Soccer (www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org) and also the Evergreen Premier League and Northwest Premier League which consists of the top adult club in the state of Washington.