SSUL Partnership

Most WSSC teams U-13 and above -- and some of our highly competitive U12 & U-11 teams -- will be participating in the SSUL this Fall.

Founded in 2015, the South Sound United League (SSUL) will feature recreational and select soccer teams from seven (7) neighboring soccer Associations including Auburn, Federal Way, Kent Covington, Highline, Maple Valley, Renton Tukwila, and Pierce County.

The league is professionally administrated by Washington Youth Soccer (WYS) and representative leadership from all seven member Associations. The SSUL will not only foster LOCAL, Like-vs-Like competition for our recreational soccer teams, it will provides a pathway for our highly-capable teams to challenge themselves agaisnt select competition and beyond.

 
SSUL Spring Season Announcement
Posted Feb 2, 2018

 Good Evening SSUL Coaches and Team Managers,

Thank you so much for a tremendous Fall 2017 season! And what a great finish to the season with all the division champions and runner-up teams parading during the halftime of the Tacoma Stars game.

Wanted to let you know about our spring league and a few changes that are coming to SSUL Management. 

Spring SSUL
We will be having a spring season for U10 through U18. Recreational, competitive, and select teams are welcome! Here are some important things to know about the season.

• 8 game season for all levels
• First league games will be April 14 or 15 with a bye on May 26
• Roster sizes and number of players on the field will be the standard sizes
• Teams will be combined at the U16 - U18 age group with players from all 3 age groups (i.e. like your high school varsity teams).
• U10 – U14 play on Saturdays, U15 and above on Sunday
• Registration opens on February 15 and closes on March 15
• Contact your club or Association Registrar to register for spring league play
• Association and club registrars will be responsible for registering teams in Affinity

New League Management
We are very excited to let you know that the Association and Club leadership has made the decision to make the SSUL an independent league. The first step is already in motion with us creating a non-profit organization that is 100% focused on the SSUL. League registration, schedules, and operations will be managed by this new organization.

The league administration will be similar to the past. Each association represents their teams in the league. The seven members, one representative from each association (see below), would provide the operating mechanism for the league. If you would like to get involved please reach out to your association representative or contact us directly at info@ssul.org.

We understand the challenge and opportunities that change can bring. The league intends to operate and expand the opportunities for playing soccer in our local and regional area.

This is a good step for our members and we welcome your questions. This group has the full support of Washington Youth Soccer and Staff. Please check our new ssul.org website for information on the league and upcoming Spring 2018 League.

Thank you for your support to your team, club, and association as we transform your youth soccer league.

Auburn Youth Soccer Association
Federal Way Soccer Association
Highline Soccer Association
Kent Covington Youth Soccer
Maple Valley Soccer Association
Greater Renton-Tukwila Youth Soccer Association
Pierce County Soccer Association


 
Useful Information & Tips

(Posted September 2016; Updated August 23, 2017)

Printing SSUL game rosters and reporting scores

  • Please download guidance to print SSUL game rosters and report scores. This document has been customized to show screen captures using a sample WS team.
  • There is also the official SSUL version posted on their Information page (also incudes guidance to add player #s to rosters, and update schedule with game changes -- fields and times).

Quick tip reminders:

  • First game: view your schedule on the SSUL site. If your first game this weekend does not have a game time and field listed, please click on the opposing team name and the team contact should appear. Contact the team representative for game information. If you have a home game, contact opposing coach with game time, field and uniform colors. HOME teams must change if there is a color conflict.
  • Pick up player cards and laminate with player photos. (Instructions on when & how forthcoming).
  • Print game rosters from AFFINITY. See above link. If a player is missing from your roster, also print out a team roster from BonziTeam and bring to game. Respond to this message with player's name so we can upload information to Affinity (occurs each Thursday).
  • Entering game scores. After your game concludes, enter your game score by Monday of each week. See above link.

Fall 2016 Welcome Message

Dear WSSC Coaches and Team Managers,

Welcome to the South Sound United League (SSUL) Fall 2016 season! We appreciate your participation in the league and wish you a successful season. The season kicks off on Saturday, September 10 or Sunday, September 11 (for older teams).

By now, all SSUL teams should have finalized their team rosters, begin reviewing all scheduled matches and are in the process of securing fields for their home games (for WSSC teams, the WSSC Field Scheduler assigns game fields and times).

Above are some "quick tips." Below is the "long version" of information that will help make the season a success. If you have questions, please respond to this message (but first review the information below!).

WSSC Board

THE LONG VERSION

This email provides information to managers and coaches new to the league and as a refresher for returning members. All coaches and managers are expected to work together throughout the season to ensure scheduling and communications are done properly. Below are some items that all coaches and managers need to be familiar with.

The SSUL Rules and Procedures are published on the SSUL Web Site under the Resources tab. To make your team's experience as best as possible, at a minimum, every participating team's coach and team manager should read this document. Remember: Ignorance of the rules and procedures of the SSUL will never be an accepted excuse on matters that arise so take the time upfront!

  1. South Sound United League Website

You can access all league related information on our website http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/leagues/south_sound_united_league/. The site contains team brackets, schedules, score reporting, standings, and general guidelines for the league.

  1. Game rosters

You will need to log into the SSUL Affinity site using your Affinity user name and password (upper left of page). Refer to the guidance above to print rosters.

*NOTE: Team player information will be uploaded from WSSC's registration system (Bonzi) to SSUL's Affinity system on Thursday afternoon (9/8) and game rosters will be available to print on Friday (9/9) for weekend games. If you have trouble printing from Affinity, please contact us.

  1. Home Team Responsibilities

Teams hosting games are responsible for the following:

  • Secure referees (WSSC Ref Assignor loads games in TRIAS Soccer Central, our referee services site where refs self-assign to WSSC games).
  • Provide a suitable field for play that includes all the proper markings and goals. (WSSC Field Scheduler assigns fields.)
  • Ensure goals are safe for play and are properly secured.
  • Provide game balls for the match
  • Provide the following information to the opposing team 72 hours prior to the day of game (or as soon as they are notified):
    • Location and time of game.
    • Team colors (home team must change if there is a color conflict)
  1. Responsibilities of Both Teams

Both teams are responsible for the following:

  • Provide a game roster (2 copies) with jersey numbers to the referee prior to the start of game.
  • Provide player (membership) cards to the referee.
  • Report your scores promptly through the SSUL website by the Monday following the match.
  1. Score Reporting
  • Teams must report the game score in the Affinity league tools and as directed by the SSUL Administrator. Refer to guidance above.
  • If a game was not played as scheduled for any reason, this information must be reported to the SSUL Administrator via Affinity.
  • If a game was abandoned, this information must be reported to the association representative and SSUL Administrator.
  1. Disciplinary

Refer to the SSUL Rules, 1.17 Disciplinary.

  1. Sideline Responsible Behavior

Coaches are held responsible for the behavior of the coaches, parents, players, and fans. Referees have the authority to dismiss a coach from a match if the behavior from the sideline is irresponsible or unacceptable. There's no good reason to hassle or yell at the referees, regardless the call or non-call - vent your frustration and counsel your sidelines to express themselves in a positive and supportive manner.

The SSUL supports its referees and has a ZERO TOLERANCE for situations of referee abuse and will result in disciplinary action. Remember, it's a game for the kids so set a positive example.

Refer to SSUL Rules (Section 1.11 Coaching/Sideline Conduct) for more information.

  1. Other Rules to Remember

Earrings are not allowed, no exceptions. Players will be asked to leave the field should they be caught wearing an earring.

Dogs: Many of the fields also have city or county ordinances prohibiting dogs on the sports fields. WSSC does not allow dogs at West Seattle fields.

 
South Sound United League
 
South Sound United League (SSUL)

South Sound United League (SSUL) is comprised of 7 Associations in South King and Pierce counties. Its mission is to provide local, like-versus-like competition at an affordable price for recreational and select teams.

The SSUL is for teams Under-10 through Under-19. Teams are placed based on competitive ability and past league experience. SSUL features flexibility in scheduling and professional league administration, including Affinity Sports league software, from Washington Youth Soccer.

The founding Associations will guide the league through representatives to the SSUL Committee, in charge of league discipline and setting the rules for league play.