Q: How is Select different than Premier at EFC?
There are several differences.
Select costs are lower; typically $900 to $1300 for Select vs $3000+ for Premier
Prior to High School Select teams have a shorter playing season
Select allows for multi-sport athletes
Most Select teams play in fewer tournaments
There is less travel for Select teams as the leagues they play in are geographically tighter.
Q: What is the timeline for a Select playing year?
April-May: tryouts are held and teams formed
June-July: 1-2 practices each week, play in 1 or 2 tournaments
August: 2 practices each week, play in 1 or 2 tournaments
September-December: 10-12 game fall league (depending on age), 2 practices each week
January-February: State Cup (optional)
Some teams may choose to also play a 6-8 game spring league season; however, this is optional and not part of the initial commitment. This is offered depending on field availability.
Q: What commitment is expected of players?
Soccer is assumed to be the player's primary extra curricular activity from June/July through November/December in order to be available for practices and games. Players will get out of the Select experience what they put into it. Those who attend and work hard at practice as well as on their own will improve their game over time. Frequently the dominant players at U10 or U11 are surpassed by U15 as the kids mature and players who have focused on improving their soccer skills begin to shine.
Q: What commitment is expected of parents?
In addition to making sure their child attends practice and games most parents will have an assigned team role. These roles/responsibilities include:
Treasurer - teams open an account from which team expenses are paid
Medical bag / ice for games
Team parties / gatherings
Referee in pool (RIP program)
Q: What is the general cost?
The estimated cost for a year of Select soccer is $900 to $1300. This includes:
Registration fee covering practice fields, game fields, referees, one summer tournament and admin fees
$240 - Home and away uniforms (jerseys, socks, shorts), sweats, backpack
$300 - team fees for additional tournaments & equipment
Some teams may choose to hire a paid trainer which will typically add $50-80/month per player.
These costs do not include travel and additional equipment such as personal soccer balls, shin guards, and so on.
Q: Where do they play? What travel is involved?
Issaquah FC's Select teams play in the North Puget Sound League (NPSL). Typically, the longest commute would be for a game on Bainbridge Island though most teams you play will be in Seattle, on the eastside, or as far north as Bothell.
At times there have been teams from Bellingham in some divisions, however, that is the exception rather than the rule.
Teams are encouraged to play three summer tournaments. Fees for each range from $300 to $600 per team. From June through August there are multiple tournaments throughout the Puget Sound well within easy driving distance. Normally tournaments will have a game Friday afternoon or evening followed by two games on Saturday. If a team does well they will play in the playoffs on Sunday. Many tournaments include a Sunday game for all teams.
There are also some tremendous tournaments in the Portland area many teams will travel to. Travel tournaments provide great opportunities for teams to bond.
Q: What about State Cup? How does that work?
Playing in State Cup is encouraged but not required for Select teams.
Most Select teams will play in the Founders Cup held in January and February. Each team is placed in a bracket of four or five teams and will play round robin against those teams (one game each weekend). The top two teams (and sometimes wildcards) move on to the "loser out" games. On "Finals Weekend", held at Starfire in Tukwila, semi-final matches are played on Saturday followed by finals on Sunday.
Q: Please explain how tryouts work.
Issaquah FC is combining its tryouts with Eastside FC (EFC), our area's premier soccer club. This combined tryout is a unique opportunity for Issaquah FC Select players to test their skills and experience alongside the best players on the eastside. This will work as follows… Registration will be handled through EFC though Issaquah FC will have a registration link on our website. When registering you will have the option of selecting whether your player wishes to be considered for: (a) EFC only, (b) EFC or Issaquah FC, (c) Issaquah FC only.
All players will attend the same tryout days. The evaluators, based on the pre-assigned pinny numbers, will know who wishes to be considered for only EFC, both, or only Issaquah FC. After the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday tryouts all teams (EFC and Issaquah FC) will be formed based on the evaluations.
By preregistering EFC will be able to pre-assign jersey numbers which will allow the evaluators to know which players are to be considered for which club and team.
Q: How are Issaquah FC teams Selected / Determined?
EFC and Issaquah FC impartial evaluators will evaluate and stack rank all players at the end of the second day of Select tryouts. The top 7 for U10, top 9 for U11 & U12, and the top 11 for U13 and older are required to be given offers by the coach of the Select team. From there the coach fills in the rest of the players from those who attended tryouts.
Q: When will players be informed?
Our goal is within 48 hours after the last day of tryouts. The numbers of the players selected will be posted on Issaquah FC's website.
Prior to the posting of the numbers the coach of the Select team is required to call each player chosen and offer them a spot on their team. Should a player decline their offer alternate players will be contacted.
Q: Any tryout advice?
For the players make sure they are hydrated, get their sleep, and eat properly. They need to bring a water bottle. Wear clothing appropriate to the weather.
For the parents… arrive early, help your child get signed in, and leave… do not watch the tryout yourself. Honestly you will just drive yourself crazy and set yourself up for "parent fail" later. The one thing kids hate the most about sports is the ride home. Avoid becoming that parent. All you need ask them is "what kind of ice cream would you like?"
Even for experienced evaluators it is difficult to stack rank players and different coaches appreciate different attributes.
Q: Do you have a playing time policy for Issaquah FC Select?
Playing time is at the discretion of the coach for all levels of Select play. This is in line with the EYSA guidelines and policies. We encourage our coaches to discuss playing time with players and parents if they are experiencing limited playing time.
Q: How are the coaches selected?
Issaquah FC Select coaches will come from 3 possible sources:
Volunteer: For new teams, after tryouts if there are parents who believe they have the credentials to coach a Select team, we will "interview" the prospective coaches and, if approved, provide them with the option to be either a pure volunteer or to receive a "stipend" for their coaching duties.
Paid Coach: If the above option is not applicable, then Issaquah FC will source a paid coach. A coach would train the players at practice AND be there at games too.
Paid Trainer: If option 2 is not applicable, then Issaquah FC will source a paid trainer. Paid trainers would only attend and run practices and team with a parent Asst. Coach and/or Team Manager who would coach the games. For some teams/age groups the Issaquah FC Select coach will not be selected/determined until after the tryouts have been completed.
Each team's situation will be addressed as unique, and coaching/training functions performed by a combination of individuals that will provide both player developmental skills and game day leadership in a manner consistent with Club Select competency standards and at a reasonable cost to the player families compared to Premier teams.
We place a high emphasis on coaching education. To be considered for a head coaching position a coach must have a US Soccer E License (or show equivalent knowledge and plan to take the course in the first year). Coaches are encouraged to complete their D license the following year. To coach U15 and above a USSF D License is required.
In addition to the Issaquah-specific FAQ's below, please also consult the generic EYSA FAQ's on this subject here. NOTE: clicking here will jump you directly to the EYSA site. EYSA (Eastside Youth Soccer Association) is the parent organization of Issaquah FC.