Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Emerald City FC 16th Annual Holiday Indoor Jamboree


(December 21, 2011) Emerald City FC would like to thank all that attended the club's 16th Annual Holiday Indoor Jamboree. The club hopes everyone enjoyed the event and thanks to all the dedicated volunteers that helped make this club event such a super success. The Girls and Boys '99 ECFC teams also would like to thank all those that supported their bake sale fundraiser. In addition, well done to the M95 Green team that played the coaches in a friendly game and won!! The coaches look forward to a re-match next year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Emerald City FC presents The 16th Annual Holiday Indoor Jamboree


All U8-U18 ECFC players are invited to play in what has become a great holiday tradition for Emerald City FC, the Holiday Indoor Jamboree
When: Tuesday December 20th
Where: Arena Sports Magnuson
Cost: Free to ECFC players
For more details, game times and how to sign up please click here

Monday, December 5, 2011

ECFC M93 Green Semi Finalists at Surf College Cup, San Diego, CA

(November 27, 2011 San Diego, CA) Congratulations to ECFC M93 Green on their achievements at the 2011 Surf College Cup this past Thanksgiving weekend. M93 Green is coached by David Smith. Coach Smith has stamped his style of play on the team and taken them to new heights these last 2 years, entering the team in competitive tournaments all season and giving the chance for players to perform for DI-DIII college coaches. In preparation for Surf Cup, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country, Coach David arranged friendlies with Tynecastle and the Sounders FC Academy team, which the M93 boys won in definitive fashion.
Stay tuned, as ECFC M93 Green will be planning on playing, possibly 2 more tournaments in January and February to close out their successful youth soccer playing careers and make plans to move onto college and college soccer.
Click here for the ECFC M93 Green website.

ECFC 12th Annual 3v3 Turkey Shoot

(November 26 2011, Seattle, WA) Emerald City FC would like to thank the players and volunteers that made the club’s 12th Annual 3v3 Turkey Shoot such a success this year. Over 100 players from in and around the Seattle area descended on Lower Woodland Park Soccer fields to enjoy a fun packed day. The weather was cloudy but dry, perfect for soccer and hot chocolate. The countless volunteers, whom without these events could not take place arrived in droves to help set up fields, referee games, sign in players and distribute water and snacks. Thanks also go to all the ECFC coaches, who took time out to referee games and help organize the event.
Emerald City FC hopes everyone who took part had a great time and we hope to see you all again next year! ECFCs next event will be the Holiday Indoor Jamboree at Arena Sports Magnusson on 12/20. Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Congratulations ECFC BU09 Dev team coached by Simeon Steward

(November 20, 2011) Well done to the youngest members of Emerald City FC for winning the U8/9 Boys Blue division in the 2011 PSPL Fall Dev League. ECFC M02 coached by the clubs newest coach Simeon Steward, played a great first season beating out teams from Crossfire, ISC and SSC for the top spot. They finished first in their division (6-0-2) scoring 31 goals and only conceding 13. ECFC once again congratulates the players and families of M02 and wish you the best of  success in the coming 2012 Spring Dev Season.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ECFC Annual 3v3 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Jamboree

Emerald City Football Club

Annual 3v3 Turkey Shoot Jamboree

Saturday 11/26

The ECFC Advanced Development and Camp Program is proud to continue our Thanksgiving Weekend tradition of hosting a round-robin 3 vs 3 jamboree for boys and girls U-8 through U-14. Get your players out on the field turf after the holiday festivities for lots of touches on the ball! Rain, snow or sun (we’ve had them all!!), the jamboree will be happening.  Games will run throughout the day until 4:00 pm. We hope to see you all there to cheer on the players.
Players may sign up as part of a team of up to six players.

Players without a team may sign up as individuals and then be placed on a team by the tournament staff.
Each player must complete their own registration on-line.

The 3 v 3 jamboree is open to all players regardless of the team or organization you currently play for. (US Club Soccer, CYO, SYSA, WYS or unaffiliated - all players welcome!)


Who: Girls and Boys U8 to U14

When: Saturday November 26th

Times: Games will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Cost: $50 per team or $15 for an indivdual player

Location: Lower Woodland field #2. (N. 51st & Greenlake Way N.)


To Register 

 2011 Turkey Shoot 3v3 Jamboree


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Great turnout for Emerald City FC and PSPL Special Topics Event with National Clinician Jeff Tipping

(November 16, 2011 Seattle, WA.) Emerald City FC was proud to host NSCAA Master Coach, Jeff Tipping on Tuesday, November 15 at Ingraham High School for the kick off of the new PSPL Coaching Education Initiative, "PSPL Special Topics" that will feature twice monthly open coaching education sessions. Coach Tipping ran his session on "Developing strikers for elite youth teams" in front of a crowd of about 50 coaches from around the Puget Sound region as well as a large number of Emerald City FC parents, players and staff. In all, over 100 people attended the event and were treated to some great insights on training attacking players.

This event highlights Emerald City FC's commitment to education and I was extremely pleased to see a good representation from our club of not only coaches, but players and parents as well. This caps a great week of continuing education for the club with our first Parent Education and open Q & A event last Sunday evening at Arena Sports at Magnuson Park. This was also a successful event with great dialog between the parents, coaches and board members in attendance. We will continue to hold monthly Parent Education and Open Q & A meetings and will also post the schedule for the PSPL Special Topics events on our club website to provide additional opportunities for all of our members to continue to learn about the game throughout the year.

I am excited by the way these events are bringing our club members together, helping to strengthen our bond as a club and developing more of a sense of community and culture around the game in Seattle. Thank you to all who have attended these events!
-Erik Oman- ECFC DOC

                                  Bobby Howe, Jeff Tipping and Erik Oman

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Emerald City FC hosting National Clinician Jeff Tipping

Emerald City FC is very proud to be hosting Jeff Tipping, the former National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Director of Coaching Education for a clinic at Ingraham High School stadium, Tuesday, November 15 from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Bobby Howe’s M97 Green team will be serving as the demonstraton team for Coach Tipping’s session that is part of a joint NSCAA / Puget Sound Premier League continuing education program. The session is open to all of our members.
This is a rare and special treat to get a clinician with the experience like that of Jeff Tipping to run sessions here on one of our home fields with our players. Please plan to come and welcome Coach Tipping to Seattle and support our Emerald City FC continuing education efforts!

2011 Open Trials begin November 28th

Emerald City FC is pleased to extend an invitation to all ambitious local area soccer players to attend the inaugural Emerald City FC Open Trials. These trials are available to all U-11 through U-18 boys and girls and are to be held from November 28th through December 16th at the training location for each individual Emerald City FC team.

Open Trials provide the opportunity for players who would like to be considered for inclusion on Emerald City teams for the spring season (January-May) to participate in team and specialty (goalkeeping) training sessions. Participants will gain firsthand experience playing with an Emerald City FC team, and will learn from the personalized instruction of highly-qualified, licensed professional coaches of Emerald City FC. As added benefits, players will receive their own numbered training shirt and those players who attend at least four training sessions will receive a written training evaluation which will help families to make future playing decisions.

To Register

Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot! You will be contacted by an ECFC coach regarding training locations and times.

For questions or more information about Open Trials, click on the Tryouts – Open Trials link or email us at We look forward to seeing you on the field!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NSCAA Special Event - Reading the Game

November 3, 2011 @ 5:00pm University of Washington
University of Washington vs Washington State University

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) will be conducting a one evening special topics course on ‘Reading the Game’ in conjunction with the University of Washington vs. Washington State women’s soccer match.  The program is designed for coaches and aspiring coaches, but is also ideal for soccer parents and older players (U16 and above) who would like to learn more about how to watch and understand the game from a more technical perspective.
Six of our ECFC coaches are on the education staff for the NSCAA and several ECFC coaches will be helping with this event.

Click here  for the offical NSCAA site. 
Click here for the 11/3 training schedule.

You can register by contacting the Course Director, Leigh Cullip
Telephone No.: 360-917-6816 E-mail Address:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

An Introduction To Premier Soccer U8-U13


Emerald City Football Club

FREE Training Clinic:

An Introduction to Premier Soccer

10/14 and 10/21


Seattle, WA (October 5, 2011) – Emerald City FC has offered Seattle area youth premier level soccer experiences for over 30 years. Emerald City is pleased to offer a unique training opportunity to all young soccer players in the age groups U8 through U13 by providing two free clinics designed as An Introduction To Premier Soccer Training. Girls and boys interested in becoming better soccer players are encouraged to attend this program.

This program builds on the club’s historic emphasis on putting the player’s development first, and instilling a sense of excellence at the individual level. Leading the program will be Emerald City FC Coaching Director, Erik Oman and Assistant Director, Matthew Olson, as well as members of Emerald City’s highly qualified licensed coaching staff. The only qualifications for players for this program are that players are interested in improving their soccer skills and enjoy being challenged at their individual age. Each player will learn new skills and concepts in a fun environment designed to stimulate their soccer imagination.

Who: Girls and Boys U8 to U13


Dates: October 14 and 21


Times : 5:30pm – 7:00pm


Location: Ingraham High School Stadium, 1819 North 135th St Seattle, WA


Cost: FREE!


To register go to: An Introduction to Premier Soccer

To learn more about the coaches at Emerald City FC, please visit the ECFC Coaches page

For questions regarding this and other Emerald City FC programs please email


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Emerald City FC fan wear available at Soccer West

Emerald City FC is proud to continue its partnership with Soccer West and provide fan wear for ECFC families and friends of the club. To order your ECFC gear please click here

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Emerald City FC goalkeepers fall training schedule

(September 15, 2011) ECFC Director of Goalkeeping and Assistant Coaching Director, Matthew Olson, holds weekly year round free goalkeeper training for the GKs of Emerald City FC. Goalkeepers are encouraged to attend their age appropriate sessions. The scheduling information can be found here. Also, links to the schedule can be found on the home page of the club site and Goalkeeping Training page on the club site.

If you have any questions please contact Matthew Olson

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 ECFC Residential Summer Camps a huge success

"Misty Acres was great, I definitely want to go back next year ..." (Leon B. from M97 Green) One of the many positive comments received from players that attended the second annual ECFC Residential Camp at Misty Acres, Union,WA.

This year Emerald City FC coaches held separate camps for both girls and boys. The first session was for the boys and the coaching staff designed the camp to help players prepare for the upcoming fall league season.

The second session was for the girls, and this was the first time Emerald City FC held a camp for girls. To this end the coaches constructed a special schedule for the girls in order to prepare them for the intense high school soccer tryouts and high school soccer season.

Many activities were also added to both weeks of the camps this year that helped players learn to work together on and off the field. One of the most popular, was the ropes course, where players had to help each other through a rope wall. Similar to last years camp, each meal was prepared by the players for themselves and the coaches, with different players preparing meals each day. Between activities and practices, players took advantage of the camp's facilities, playing table tennis, pool and taking nature walks exploring the camps surroundings.

Emerald City FC would like to specifically thank Ruth Nicholson and Jody Bauder for recruiting 15 parent volunteers to help organize resources, supplies and food for each camp.  Volunteers like Ruth, Jody and the other parents of Emerald City FC continue to make the club a success on and off the pitch.

Some stats from the camps
  • camp attendance increased by over 30% this year
  • volunteer participation increased by 3 fold
  • each camp session had at least 4 coaches present each week, a ratio of about 1 coach for every 8 players
Emerald City FC looks forward to seeing you next summer at one our camps!
To learn more about ECFC training and summer camps click here
ECFC 2011 Girls Summer Residential Camp photos

ECFC 2011 Boys Summer Residential Camp photos

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Emerald City FC welcomes Simeon Steward

Emerald City FC is very pleased to welcome Simeon Steward  as the M'02 Green head coach. Simeon will be coaching with the Assistant Director of Coaching, Matthew Olson and head coach Scott Smith in the ECFC Development Program. He recently graduated from the University of Louisville, and is a native of Southern California. Simeon has previously coached at the Seattle Sounders Camps and has earned his NSCAA Level VI Coaching Diploma. He currently is also working towards his National Diploma and "D" License. Head Coach Matthew Olson says of Simeon "... he is a bright young coach with loads of energy and knowledge of the game, that make him an asset to the club and the teams he works with ..."

Former ECFC player, George John opts to stay with FC Dallas

After days of speculation, former Emerald City FC player, George John, has opted to stay at FC Dallas and not move on to the English Premier League team, Blackburn Rovers. George, who also was an outstanding player for the University of Washington, has spent the last couple of weeks in talks with the EPL and his current team FC Dallas, in order to get the move approved before the EPL transfer window closed. Unfortunately the deal fell through and George returns to FC Dallas to finish out this years MLS season and his current contract. Reports indicate that Blackburn is still interested in George and are looking to resume talks next season. George John and FC Dallas will be playing against the Seattle Sounders FC today, Tuesday 8/30 in the US Open Cup.
Click here to read more about George John and our other ECFC notable alumnus.