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Why ECFC

Seattle’s First Soccer Club

Emerald City FC is one of Seattle’s premier youth soccer clubs. Founded in 1979, our club exists to develop each of our players to his or her fullest potential, both on and off the field. We develop our players to compete at the highest possible level while demonstrating exemplary teamwork, sportsmanship, and a passion for the game.

Emerald City FC has grown into a club with 35 teams, over 500 players, and many state championships under its belt. Our players come from all over Seattle, share a passion for the game, seek to improve their skills, and want to play at the highest possible level.

Johan Cruyff was one of the greatest players of my era and all time. It is very encouraging to know that his thoughts are very much in line with our current philosophy. "

Bobby HoweECFC Director of Coaching

What makes the Emerald City Experience different?

We believe in keeping our club the “right size” – large enough to provide the scale needed to for good depth of players and coaches and proper administrative support, but small enough to maintain a strong community and provide the appropriate attention to players and families.

  • We no only hire certified coaches that are experienced and knowledgable, but they also care about players as people and are good role models.
  • Our coaches actively seek to connect the lessons from the game to lessons in life. We teach values such as hard work, perseverance, ethics, compassion, and working with and supporting teammates.
  • Our focus is on long term development rather than win/loss record. Players develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for playing in high school and college. 
  • We are more than a club, we are a community. We are a ‘family’ and as such both understand and appreciate the need for family time during the course of the season / year.
  • We believe that multi-sport athletes create the best-rounded individuals and thus we support players who choose to do so.
  • We believe in teaching the FUNdamentals of soccer. There is no need to choose between having fun and successfully improving as a player—both together works best.

Our commitment to Development 

A select or premier soccer experience for families and young players in Seattle should be about more than just soccer. It simply has to be. With all the time, money, and effort spent on a year of soccer, it had better be a quality soccer experience, and it better be more than that, too. Players need to enjoy it, look forward to it, and learn life lessons from it!

So what does true development in select soccer look like?

  • All players play and contribute to games. No one sits out in order to give a team a better chance to win. We win with the players we have and are committed to developing.
  • Players in the younger age groups will play in more than one position over the course of the season in order to learn the game from different perspectives and find their strengths.
  • We will teach players and teams to play for the sake of development while accepting mistakes and learning from them.
  • We provide a supportive environment that encourages players to make plays, try new things, and be unafraid of making mistakes. This builds player confidence as athletes and as people.

If you are looking for a club to develop your child as a person, focus on long term soccer development, creating lasting relationships and enjoy the game, Emerald City FC is the club for you.

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