Monday, December 31, 2012

ECFC M95 Green win 2012 WSPL Fall League

Congratulations to ECFC M95 Green, coached by Bobby Howe, on placing first in the inaugural 2012 Fall WSPL league. ECFC M95 Green led from the front throughout the fall season earning 35 points, with 11 wins, 2 ties and 1 loss. M95 Green distanced themselves from the other teams in the league with a goal difference of 30.

With this achievement the team now has qualified to go to Colorado for the NPL Champions Cup in July 2013.

Other notable club results: ECFC M97 Green U15 - Second place

To learn more about the WSPL click here
For the ECFC club website please click here

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ECFC presents The 17th Annual Indoor Jamboree

 All U8-U18 ECFC players are invited to play in what has become a great holiday tradition for Emerald City, the Holiday Indoor Jamboree.
Friday, January 4th at ARENA SPORTS – Magnuson
  • Co-ed teams formed in 2 age groups: U8-U13 & U14-U18
  • Players enter as individuals and will be placed on teams
  • Round robin format; teams playing as many games as possible
  • First games for younger group will start at 9:00 AM SHARP!
  • First games for older group start after 1:00pm.
  • Jamboree is FREE for all ECFC players – Players are encouraged to bring a friend - also for free!)
  • Exhibition Game between ECFC Coaches and F99G at Noon.

Entry deadline is

  • Noon Tuesday, January 1st. Enter by sending an email to 
  • Include player’s name, gender and age group. Provide email address that is monitored regularly & phone number.
  • Teams and schedules will be emailed to participants the day before the event.
You MUST print the Arena Sports release form and have your player bring it with them when they check in for their first game. NO FORM, NO PLAY.

Questions: contact

The F99 will be having a bake sale at the jamboree.

Monday, December 3, 2012

ECFC 2013 Futsal Development Program


Sign up begins 12/4
Futsal is played throughout the world (including the US), and in some countries like Brazil, it is just as popular as outdoor soccer. Futsal is NOT indoor soccer. Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced game where players are challenged to use their ball skills and creativity. It is played on a basketball court with players wearing rubber soled shoes. Most of the best soccer nations in the world use Futsal to develop their players. In fact, many of the world’s all-time greatest soccer players, including Robinho, Ronaldo, Messi, Ronaldinho, Maradona, and Pele started as youth players playing Futsal. Check out these cool videos; Futsal Fantastic and Ronaldinho Futsal


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Emerald City FC coaches and members saddened at the passing of WA soccer legend Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan was not only a coach at Emerald City FC, he was also a teacher of soccer, leaving his mark on the club and creating great memories for the club's coaches and players alike.

A large measure of the respect and admiration that follows Mike Ryan can be seen by reading the local and national articles written in his honour.

Here are some of those articles

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Congratulations to Emerald City FC’s Amanda Potts-Huppert for being voted KingCo 4A Coach of the Year

Amanda has been coaching the girls varsity team at Ingelmoor High School for the past 2 years. She has been coaching at ECFC since 1999 and is herself a former outstanding high school and Emerald City FC player.   
Coach Amanda currently coaches the ECFC girls U16 and U12 teams.
For more on Coach Amanda please click here

Congratulations to former Sounders Academy and ECFC player Aaron Kovar

Aaron Kovar named PAC-12 Freshman Player of the Year

To read more please click here

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bobby Howe reflects on his time coaching the St Kitts and Nevis National team

Bobby Howe, a former U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach and U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching, recently spent time assisting the coaching staff of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Team in developing strategies and training practices in the hope of advancing in the 2012 Caribbean Cup. Howe took some time to answer a few questions from, while also laying out his strategies for helping the island nation improve its play and coaching.

To read the complete article click here
For Coach Bobby Howe's coaching bio click here

Saturday, November 3, 2012

PSPL Offers Referee Course

This is an opportunity for our players, and parents, to learn the game from another perspective. To be a well-rounded player, players must learn to see the game from all aspects and this will provide that.
When: Saturday December 8, 2012 Entry Level Referee Clinic

The PSPL to offer elite player training for top male and female players

US Club Soccer and PSPL to host first id2 event in Washington in March 2013
SEATTLE – The Puget Sound Premier League is pleased to offer elite player training and player identification with US Club Soccer’s id2. Top youth players will have the opportunity to try out for id2 camps, receive monthly training and earn a place on one of our league showcase teams that will compete in regional and national events.
This new PSPL elite-player training initiative will also connect with US Club Player Development Program, or PDP. Players selected from PSPL clubs will form player pools at various ages to form the showcase teams and participate in id2 events.

“US Club Soccer’s Player Development Programs are additional identification and developmental programs conducted under the id2 Program and centered around clubs and leagues in specific geographic areas where top players from multiple local clubs are identified and invited to periodic training sessions.” – US Club Soccer

Click here to read the full article and how to register for tryouts. Check the PSPL site often for details.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Friday Play Days for Emerald City FC players U8-U18


Friday Play Days for Emerald City FC players U8-U18,

September 9th to November 17th

This is a great opportunity for club players to brush up on their skills and get some extra scrimmage time.

Please wear your practice jerseys.

November Friday Play Days

11/2 – @ 5:30 to 7:00 at Ingraham High School

11/9 – @ 5:30 to 7:00 at Ingraham High School

11/16 – @ 5:30 to 7:00 at Ingraham High School

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ECFC 13th Annual 3v3 Turkey Shoot Jamboree for U8-U14 Boys and Girls

Saturday November 24th at Lower Woodland Field #2
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!)

Teams and Individual players all welcome.


To learn more about ECFC’s 13th Annual 3v3 Turkey Shoot please click here


To Register please click here


Monday, October 15, 2012

Hey players and parents, want to design this years 3v3 Turkey Shoot t-shirt?

Emerald City FC is asking the players and parents of the club to design a t-shirt for this years 3v3 Turket Shoot.
Please submit your designs by October 22-23 to your team's coach.

Here's last years t-shirt
Questions? Please email:  

Monday, October 1, 2012

Emerald City FC night at UW vs UCLA - October 29th


Emerald City FC Night at UW vs UCLA

Join ECFC friends and family for an evening of quality college soccer.
For tickets please contact your team coach for vouchers to the game.

October 29th
Game time 7:00pm

Monday, September 24, 2012

Emerald City FC College Night Presentation

DOC and Club College Coordinator, Erik Oman, will be presenting a talk on the college application process and information on playing soccer in college. All club high school players and their families are invited to attend.

When: September 30th @ 7:00pm

Where: Aljoya, 450 NE 100th Street, Seattle, near Northgate

Who: ECFC players in high school and their families

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday Play Days for Emerald City FC players U11 and up

September 9th to November 17th

Friday Play Days are here again. This is a great opportunity for club players to brush up on their skills and get some extra scrimmage time.

Please wear your practice jerseys.
  • September 7th held at Ingraham, 5:30 to 7:00 (Free Friday clinic will be going on at the same time)

  • September 14th held at Boys and Girls Club, Rainier Vista Branch, 5420 MLK Jr Way South. (Free Friday Clinic will be going on at the same time)

  • September 21st 7:00 to 8:30 at Lower Woodland field #7

  • September 28th 7:00 to 8:30 at Lower Woodland Field #7

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ECFC Social Event and Picnic – A Smash Hit!

On Sunday evening, August 26th, a solid turnout of players, coaches and parents enjoyed the ECFC season kick-off social event at Meridian playfield in Wallingford. Many of the attendees had come from their teams’ tournaments earlier in the weekend to participate in the festivities. The evening included a fine selection of potluck dinner items, jovial socializing, and games that were capped off with a fun (and ultimately sloppy!) round of “Egg Toss” as shown in the photo.

Many thanks to Simon Kahan (Claire, F96) for organizing the event. The board has set a goal of holding social events such as this one to help foster the community aspect of our club. Keep an eye out for the next event – it’s sure to be a blast. (Article by Dan Barsher)

Next all club event – ECFC Night at UW vs UCLA – 10/29

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 ECFC Summer Residential Camp

The third annual Emerald City FC residence camp was held August 12-18, 2012 at Misty Acres near Shelton, Washington. This year’s theme for both the boys’ and girls’ camps was “Accept the Challenge”, a strategy focused on accepting unexpected challenges on and off the field. Activities centered primarily on soccer and included 8 field training sessions per camp, plus other confidence and team building exercises, such as ropes course challenges. Evening campfires were also included. In addition, the boys’ camp included improvisational exercises and skits, and the girls’ camp included a mental skills workshop.

This year’s camp attracted 37 players from 7 Emerald City teams, plus one international player from Shenzhen, China. ECFC alumni donated a club jersey and scarf for him.

The camp yielded a number of huge successes. Besides the tremendous skill development of all the players on the field, one of the most notable of those successes was exhibited by one of our girls’ teams in the areas of leadership, communication, and team building. The players initiated a special team meeting to set goals and discuss a variety of methods that they can improve as individuals and as a team. That kind of initiative bodes very well for those girls, their team, and our club.

A special thank you to all of the coaches who helped make this year’s sessions successful: Jon Matsushita, Matthew Olson, Erik Oman, David Smith, and Jesse Winship-Freyer. (Article by Ruth Nicholson – Residential Camp Organizer)



Sunday, August 19, 2012

ECFC Club-wide Social Event

Sunday August 26th 5:30pm to 8:00pm

The event will include a potluck picnic starting at 5:30pm and all-in-fun (at least for the spectators…) relay events for players starting at 6:30pm.

Bring a healthy food item to share and any serving utensils needed. Ample naturally flavored water for drinking will be provided.

Location: The shelter at Meridian Playfield, parking via Sunnyside Ave N just south of 50th Street: 4649 Sunnyside Ave N.

The big brother/little brother and big sister/little sister program will be kicked off at this event. Let your team social coordinator, or your team manager, know if you will be attending – player plus number of family members.

Hope to see you there!!
Simon Kahan
ECFC Club-wide Social Event Coordinator

Monday, August 13, 2012

Emerald City FC M95 White Finalists at 2012 Federal Way Blast Off

Congratulations to ECFC M95 White and Coach Jesse Winship-Freyer for reaching the finals of the Federal Way Blast Off. The team was short of a few players due to injury and Coach Jesse pulled up 4 players from M97 Green and a couple of players from M95 Green to join the squad for the weekend. The team won all their group games and topped the group with 28 points. The finals was a rematch against RV Slammers Orange. It was a close game with M95 White scoring first. The Slammers took their chances despite M95 White having the majority of the possession and shots on goal, the final score was 2-1. Well done to Federal Way FC for a well run tournament.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Misty Acres Summer Residential Club Camp


Click on the flyer above for more details

Emerald City FC is proud to continue the tradition of Residential Summer Camps for Emerald City Players. After the success of our camp program last year, Emerald City will be hosting its third annual Residential Camp for boys and girls U13 - U18.
The camp is aimed at those players that wish to develop their skills in a fun and relaxed environment while learning from the best coaches that the Seattle area has to offer. We will be building your child's technical and tactical understanding of the game as well as teaching positive communication and team building skills.

COST: $295 per player, if you sign up before July 31st receive a $35 discount!

Boys Camp: August 12-15 (arrive at 4 - 5 pm on the 12th, depart at noon on the 15th)
Girls Camp: August 15-18 (arrive at 4 - 5 pm on the 15th, depart at noon on the 18th)

Where: Misty Acres Camp -224 E Misty Acres Ln, Union, Wa 98592

Space is limited - sign up soon

Questions? Please email your questions to Bring a ball and water bottle; wear your shin guards and cleats.

Monday, July 16, 2012

ECFC M95 Green semi finalists at the 2012 Nike Crossfire Challenge

Congratulations to ECFC M95 Green, coached by Bobby Howe, for making it to the semi finals of the 2012 Nike Crossfire Challenge. For the tournament Coach Bobby Howe added 2 players from M95 White, coached by Jesse Winship-Freyer, to round out the roster due to injury and vacation. In true Emerald City FC style all the players pulled together and battled the whole weekend.
M95 Green fought their way out of division play making it to the quarter finals against the Crossfire 95 A team, coached by Mark Collings. ECFC M95 scored 2 quick goals in the first 5 minutes and dominated throughout the game with a final emphatic score of 3-1.
In the semis, M95 Green, met a very strong WPFC 95 Black team. After regulation time both teams were at a stalemate, with the score tied at 1-1.  Nail biting penalties then ensued. Unfortunately M95 Green fell to WPFC Black 3-4 in a close penalty shoot out.

ECFC WPSL inaugural season comes to a close

Emerald City FC capped off their inaugural WPSL season last night with, yes you guessed it, another draw! We’re pretty sure we broke some kind of record. What a summer full of great soccer and a ton of laughs. Thanks to all who supported us on this ride. We couldn’t have done it without you! We look forward to seeing you all again next summer!! Givova for life!! #ECFC

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's official, a rivalry is born!

With a tight 1-1 game against Issaquah SC last night at Interbay Stadium, our ECFC WPSL team remain unbeaten and look forward to the rematch against ISC on Sunday July 15th at Issaquah High School 7:00pm.

The race for first place remains a close one and our ECFC WPSL team will be travelling to Spokane on Friday July 13th before the meeting with ISC.

To read last nights match recap and possible playoff scenarios click here for an article by GoalWA and photos by Dale Garvey.

Match video by Metro Video Producer

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Join our ECFC WPSL supporters on the ECFC fan bus to Spokane

Emerald City FC will be sending a fan bus with F99 players and family to Spokane for the game on Friday.

There are a few more seats available for additional supporters. If you would like to be a part of this fun trip please contact Jody Bauder for schedule and cost information at ASAP

Casey Berrier v Oregon Rush (Photo credit, Wilson Tsoi)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Final WPSL Home Game

Emerald City FC vs Issaquah SC

Wednesday July 11th @ 6:45pm, Interbay Stadium

ECFC presents Supporters Night

Players, come to the game in your kit and supporters wear your ECFC fan gear and get in FREE!!

Our ECFC WPSL team is currently unbeaten sitting 3rd in the NW Division with 3 games left to play.

For more information and tickets click here

ECFC vs Oregon match write up and video by GoalWA

Monday, July 2, 2012

Emerald City FC M01 Green Finalists at the Rainier Valley Slammers Classic Tournament

Congratulations to ECFC M01 Green and coaches John Hamel and David Smith. After topping their group with 26 points out of a possible 30, M01 went on to meet the RV Slammers Orange in the semis, where ECFC M01 won a close game on the grass fields at Starfire, 2-1. In the finals the boys came up against Sparta Red.
Steve Zakuani giving some time to the ECFC M01 boys

If you are a player interested in joining the ECFC M01 squad please email coach John Hamel or coach David Smith The team is currently looking for 3-4 more players to round out the squad.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Follow M99 Green Blogging from Spain

Follow Coach Matthew Olson, Coach Alex Jessup and M99 parents as they document M99 Green's soccer adventure in Spain

Congratulations ECFC M99 Green, semi finalists of the Copa Catalunya

Eli Holmes: Here's the link to the tournament website results and schedule

Coach Alex Jessup: Our team finished in 4th place. Really good job especially considering they were playing older and much bigger teams than us. Last night in Barça before I head off to Milan in the morning (July 5)

Coach Matthew Olson: After 4 days of play in the Spain Copa Catalunya soccer tourney, we have made it to the semi-finals vs an very tall, mature looking Italian to the field. Near Santa Susana, Catalonia (July 5)

Miron Washington: ECFC advances to semi-final. With 2-1 over USA Wa, Dc. Semi final match on Fri. against formidable undefeated team from Italy. Go ECFC!  Near Palafolls, Catalonia (July 4)

Marion Washington: Tourny Day 3. A fierce battle against team Italy started today. Despite super suspect referee'ng, which, included 4 ECFC yellow cards, the boys prevailed- 1-0. Advancing to qtr finals as the #2 team from A bracket. Fittingly, on the 4th, we play another USA team from Washington DC. Qtr final match in 30min.

Miron Washington: Photos from tourny day 2. 1st game was loss to Poland 3-2. We were fleet of foot, but, gave up 3-5" per player! Game 2. Dominated 5-0 win against Italy. 3rd place team in bracket. Go ECFC! Near Palafolls, Catalonia  (July 3)
Coach Matthew: Played a team from France today...down 0-1 at half and ran out of legs to lose 0-3. We actually outplayed our opponent but soccer can be tough like that... 80's temp with warmups on a side gravel parking lot due to rains and wet field... Alas, 90's and radiant Mediterranean sun expected tomorrow with 9:30 and 11:30 am double header.... (July 2)

Miron Washington: Game Day 1. 3-0 loss to team from Italy. Boys had several shots on goal, and great saves to stay in the mix. (July 2)
Coach Matthew: Kids going crazy while watching the 10:30 pm Euro Cup final!! Barca is subdued with minimal outward celebration being the 'Texas' of Spain/anti-Madrid gov, however, fireworks going off all around and our players joining in by running up and down the sidewalks outside our restaurant after each of the 4 Spain goals over Italy.
Santa Susana, Catalonia (July 1)

Miron Washington: Amazing day for ECFC B99 here in Barcelona. From Camp Nou experience, to checking out Gaudi art on Las Rambles, practicing in the rain, and watching Spain go to work. They're ready to bring it! Go ECFC! (July 1)

Coach Matthew: Trip into Barcelona for the Camp Nou stadium tour... (July 1)!/pages/Santa-Susana-Cataluna-Spain/106377962728145

Coach Matthew: Managed to stay up 30 hours with players and parents after landing at 9:30 am into Barcelona airport. We are staying an hour north of the city. Played beach soccer and swam in the Med Sea before dinner. Hot and humid.... (June 30)

Coach Alex: The intrepid Emerald City FC M99 Green team is preparing to depart for Barcelona to compete in the Copa Catalunya! — at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). (June 28)

Coach Matthew: Less than 48 hours before the Emerald City FC BU13 '99 team heads to Spain to play in the Copa Catalunya Tournament in Barcelona...stay tuned for future blogs. (June 27, Seattle,WA)