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Page updated May 31, 2014

West Seattle Soccer Programs

The West Seattle Soccer Club is committed to providing the best possible youth sports experience for players age 5-18 and their families! Our youth soccer programs are modified (scaled to be developmentally appropriate) for players aged 5 to 11 years old. Please read Reasons for Small-Sided Play (published by US Youth Soccer) for additional information.


Ages for Soccer - All affiliates of US soccer agree that "AGE" is that of the player as of July 31 of the current year. Teams and ages are referred to as U (under) then an age. For example, 10 year olds play on U-11 teams. An age chart is posted on the Registration Overview page.

League Affiliation - The West Seattle Soccer Club is a member of the Highline Soccer Association under District 3 of Washington Youth Soccer.


The following description is for our FALL Program;
view the SPRING Season Program HERE.

COED U-6 and U-7 SOCCER (Club)

  • Age 5 - 6 as of July 31 of the current year
  • Registration fee - refer to Registration Overview page for current player fee
  • Season - 8 games (September to early November) - Refer to Schedules
  • Game Days - Sundays in West Seattle (against other WSSC teams)
  • Girls and boys play on the same teams
  • Master Coach program. Teams will have a short practice (~40 mins) led by professional Master Coach Online (MCO) coaches prior to games on Sunday. Through our "Coach the player - Teach the coach" modules, the MCO Coaches demonstrate the activities with the team coaches, who then lead the activities with their teams. Learn more by viewing the Master Coach page.
  • Team practices (optional) typically start in early September. The practice time (usually once a week) is determined by the volunteer coaches who make every effort to find a time suitable for all players on the team. These team practices are optional and are in addition to the Sunday Master Coach training.

Coordinator - Clydene Evans-Wenzel

Coed U-6 & U-7 Soccer is beginning soccer. U-6 and U-7 teams (5 & 6 yr.) play "Micro" soccer. It involves short games on small fields with no goalkeeper and 3 players to a side. Games are two 16-minute halves. This allows these young players plenty of opportunity to run and get a maximum number of touches on the ball, without worrying a lot about playing positions. Coed U-6 and U-7 teams play only other WSSC Coed U-6 and U-7 teams. The emphasis is on beginning skills of ball handling and passing. The coaches of each team serve as the game referees and are permitted to coach from the field. Scores are not kept and there are no standings. Shin guards must be provided by each player; soccer cleats are recommended but not required.

View U-7 Rules (MS Word doc)


MOD SOCCER U-8 to U-9 (Association)

  • Age 7 - 8 as of July 31 of the current year
  • Registration fee - refer to Registration Overview page for current player fee
  • Season - 10 games in September - November
  • Games - Saturdays in West Seattle and HSC (Some travel is required. Up to 50% of games will be played AWAY at nearby Highline Soccer Club)
  • Girls and boys play on separate, single-gender teams.
  • Maximum roster size is 8 players at U-8, and 9 players at U-9
  • Team Practices typicaly start in late August. The practice time is determined by the volunteer coaches who make every effort to find a time suitable for all players on the team.
  • Certified referees are scheduled through state authorized organizations (TRIAS).
Coordinator(s) - Stefan Persson (Girls), David Unruh (Boys)

Mod Soccer means modified soccer. The team rosters are smaller. U-8 teams play 4-a-side (3 field players and a goalie). U-9 teams play 5-a-side (4 field players and a goalie). The fields on which they play are also smaller--about 25 yds by 40 yds. Games are two 25-minute halves. Goalkeepers are introduced. This is a developmental soccer program for younger players. Mod teams play other WSSC teams as well as teams from HSC. The emphasis of the game is on skills development. Scores are not kept and there are no standings. Shinguards and soccer cleats must be provided by each player. Referees are introduced, although they are not much older than the players. Many games are still refereed by the coaches. Girls and boys play on separate teams in separate leagues.

View U-8 Rules and U-9 Rules (MS Word docs)

MOD SOCCER U-10 (Association)

  • Age 9 as of July 31 of the current year
  • Registration fee - refer to Registration Overview page for current player fee
  • Season - 10 games in September - November
  • Games - Saturdays in West Seattle and HSC (Some travel is required. Up to 50% of games will be played AWAY at nearby Highline Soccer Club)
  • Girls and boys play on single gender teams
  • Maximum roster size is 10 players.
  • Team Practices typically start in late August. The practice time is determined by the volunteer coaches who make every effort to find a time suitable for all players on the team.
  • Certified referees are scheduled through state authorized organizations (TRIAS).
Coordinator(s) - Stefan Persson (Girls), David Unruh (Boys)

U-10 teams play 6v6 soccer. Fields are around 30yd x 50yd. Games are two 25-minute halves. Referees cover many games although coaches still fill in. Girls and boys play on separate teams in separate leagues. Team rosters have a maximum of 10 players. U-10 teams play other WSSC teams as well as teams from HSC. The rules for U-10 (and above) are developed and maintained by HSA. Scores are not kept and there are no standings. Shinguards and soccer cleats must be provided by each player. The emphasis is on continued skill development, and the introduction of team play tactics.

View the U-10 Rules (MS Word doc)

MOD SOCCER U-11 (Association or SYSA League Intertie*)

  • Age 10 as of July 31 of the current year
  • Registration fee - refer to Registration Overview page for current player fee
  • Season - 10 games in September - November
  • Games - Saturdays in West Seattle and HSC (Some travel is required. Up to 50% of games will be played AWAY at nearby Highline Soccer Club)
  • Girls and boys play on single gender teams
  • Maximum roster size is 14 players
  • Team Practices typically start in late August. The practice time is determined by the volunteer coaches who make every effort to find a time suitable for all players on the team.
  • Certified referees are scheduled through state authorized organizations (TRIAS).
Coordinator(s) - Stefan Persson (Girls), David Unruh (Boys)

U-11 teams play 9v9 soccer. Fields are around 40yd x 80yd. Games are two 30 minute halves. Referees cover many games although coaches still fill in. Girls and boys play on separate teams in separate leagues. Team rosters have a maximum of 14 players. U-11 teams play other WSSC teams as well as teams from HSC. The rules for U-11 (and above) are developed and maintained by HSA. Scores are kept and there are standings. HSA awards team trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Shinguards and soccer cleats must be provided by each player. The emphasis is on continued skill development, and the introduction of team play tactics.

For the U-11 Rules (MS Word doc)

The transition between Mod Soccer (Association) and Full-Sided soccer (SYSA League Intertie)

U-8 through U-11 teams* play "Association" soccer. The Association is the Highline Soccer Association (HSA) which consists of two neighborhood recreational clubs and a premier soccer program called Highline Premier Football Club (HPFC). Within each age group U-12 and older*, there are separate SYSA League Intertie competitive divisions. The coaches submit a placement request to the WSSC VP of Coaches. The VP of Coaches recommends placement to the HSA VP of Competition who has the final say concerning team placement within the Association. Teams stay together year to year and may move up or down a division each season.

*Most WSSC U-11 team teams play Association soccer, although the SYSA League Intertie also offers U-11 competitive divisions, which WSSC teams may opt to participate in. WSSC has only recreational soccer teams - player selection for teams may not be based on ability or by any tryout process.

View the Association - HSA Rules

Full-Sided Soccer U-12 and Above (SYSA League Intertie)

  • NEW IN 2013 -- WSSC is entering an agreement to participate in the SYSA League Intertie -- LEARN MORE.
  • Age 11 or older as of July 31 of the current year
  • Registration fee - refer to Registration Overview page for current player fee
  • Season - 10 games in September - November
  • Games - either Saturday or Sunday -- refer to SYSA League Intertie page
  • Girls and boys play on single gender teams in seperate leagues
  • Maximum roster size is 18 players
  • Team Practices typically start in August. The practice time is determined by the volunteer coaches who make every effort to find a time suitable for all players on the team.
  • Certified referees are scheduled through state authorized organizations (SSRA).
Coordinator(s) - Tom Gass

U-12 and older teams play 11v11 soccer on full-sized 40yd x 100yd (or larger) fields. Games are two 30-minute halves at U-12 and progresses to two 45-minute halves at U-18. Girls and boys play on separate teams in separate leagues. Team rosters have a maximum of 18 players. Teams play against teams from SYSA. The rules for U-12 (and above) are developed and maintained by Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA). Scores are kept and league standings are maintained. Patches are awarded for the 1st and 2nd place teams in each competitive division. Shinguards and soccer cleats must be provided by each player. The emphasis is on continued skill development and team play tactics.

View the SYSA Operating Procedures
 
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