SYSA HISTORY


In 1969 a group of soccer enthusiasts, including Walter Schmetzer, Rick Crudo, and Robin Chalmers, decided to teach the world's most popular sport to kids throughout the Seattle area. Their efforts led to the beginning of the Seattle Youth Soccer Association. Today over 11,000 young people play soccer in our association. Our 13 member clubs cover every neighborhood in Seattle and Shoreline.


Lake City Hawks (~1970)
Back: Walter Schmetzer, Gerald "GJ" Paulik, Lee Eckmann, Jess Gobel, Fred Hamel,
Johnny Chambliss, Jim Kirk, Kurt Matheson, Misha Shefts, Brian Schmetzer
Front: Left to Right: Mike McAlister, Ross Conrad, Jim Jorgenson, Ron Schatz, Len Bundy

Some well-known names associated with Seattle Youth Soccer include players include the former U.S. Women's Team star Michelle Akers, MLS and Seattle Sounders players Ian Russell and Jason Farrell, and former University of Washington and United States National Team coach Mike Ryan.

Michelle Akers Ian Russell Jason Farrell Mike Ryan

For over thirty years Seattle Youth Soccer volunteers have brought soccer to kids and kids to soccer. We offer appropriate levels of play in recreational and competitive programs for young people from age 5 to 18. Each year we help young people develop physical skills and abilities, become team players, and practice good sportsmanship.

We are proud of all of our players, from the little ones just learning the game to the most accomplished teenaged players. We are equally proud of our hundreds of volunteers who give of their time and energy to make each season successful.

Brian Schmetzer
LC Hawks (see above)
Andy, Brian & WaltSchmetzer
Lake City Soccer Club
Fred Hamel
LC Hawks (see above)