Fall Player Development Academy -- The fall PDA for U6 to U11 boys and girls, run by Seattle United's professional coaching staff, is now open for registration. This Academy is always fun and fills up fast! Fall session topics will expand to incorporate passing/receiving, turning with the ball, and striking/finishing. Eight weeks, Fridays beginning September 12, $175. All sessions at Magnuson Park fields #5 and #6. For full details and to register, visit the Seattle United programs page at this link.

Rec Coaches Goalkeeper Workshop -- This popular workshop will enhance a coach's knowledge of the goalkeeper position, and enable them to provide the skills and knowledge their goalkeepers need, and more effectively integrate the goalkeeper into the team. Support materials are provided. Two sessions, same content in each, Monday September 15, and Sunday September 21. For all the details, click here.

Goalkeeper Academy -- This popular training program is for recreational goalkeepers between U10 and U15 who want to learn the position and improve their skills. Covers shot blocking, stopping crosses, 1 v 1 situations, and distribution. The six hour-long sessions are Fridays, starting September 19. Click here for all the details.

Speed/Agility/Quickness Program-- This popular training program is for recreational players who want to improve game perfromance by building their physical skills to play at peak fitness. The program is for U9 to U14 players, and happens on 8 consecutive weeks beginning September 30/October 1. For full details and to register, click here.

For past articles on this page, click here.

A Letter to SYSA Parents and Coaches
from Washington Youth Soccer

Seattle Youth Soccer is a member, along with 39 other local associations, of Washington Youth Soccer, which is in turn a member of US Youth Soccer. When you register your player with SYSA, you automatically become a member of Washington Youth Soccer, which provides a wide range of services and support systems to enhance and protect SYSA's local clubs and their teams, players, and volunteers. Please take a moment to read about Washington Youth Soccer and all they offer to us as part of their stewardship at this link.

Coaches, there is also a letter specifically for you that you can read at this link.

Ray Farbarik, Woodland Club President, Dies in Ski Accident
Memorial Fund Set Up

It is with tremendous sadness that we report the passing of Ray Farbarik, one of the devoted members of the SYSA family, who was killed in a skiing accident last weekend. Ray's involvement with Woodland Soccer Club and SYSA spans nearly 10 years as a coach and WSC board member. Ray took over as club president three years ago, and under his leadership created a number of new programs, oversaw field logistics at Green Lake, and still managed to coach his daughter's GU11 Lemondrops team and assistant coach his other daughter's GU13 Shooting Stars team.

A Ray Farbarik Memorial Fund has been set up at his family's request. Donations will be used to support recreational soccer within SYSA.

Click here to contribute to the Ray Farbarik Memorial Fund.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ray's wife and two daughters in this difficult time.

2013 SYSA "Of TheYear" Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Of The Year award winners for their outstanding efforts this year in support of the kids in SYSA.

Volunteer -- Lynn Huston, Hillwood
Girls Recreational Coach -- Christine Ong, Hillwood
Boys Recreational Coach -- John Baker, Magnolia
Girls Competitive Coach -- George Singh, Seattle United
Boys Competitive Coach -- Alex Chursky, Seattle United

Zahra Lechak wins USYSA Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations to Seattle United's Zahra Lechak on being voted the US Youth Soccer Association's Girls Competitive Coach of the Year award! Read all about Zahra's great coaching work and her impact on the players in SYSA at this link.

Fall Game Rules

For a list of game rules for different age groups, including ball sizes, game length, player numbers, and all FIFA rules of the game, click ADMINSITRATION/Rules and Bylaws, or click here.

Get Answers to Questions about SYSA Field Assignments

Questions, confusion, and misinformation about field practice assignments are addressed in the field allocation Frequently Asked Question document. Understand how field time is assigned by Seattle Parks and how it gets to the coaches and teams, and how SYSA is working to improve the process and the field shortage in Seattle. Click here for the FAQ.

Reminder: Dogs Aren't Allowed on Soccer Fields

Most of us love dogs, but they don't belong on soccer fields. There are lots of reasons for this: damage to the field, fouling the surface, risk of infections to players, nuisance and distration to participants. But the main reason SYSA reminds you to leave your dog at home is that both Seattle and Shoreline municipal codes prohibit dogs on playfields. Please respect the law and keep your dog off the soccer fields our kids play on. Thank you!

Soccer Goal Safety Is Everyone's Responsibility!!!

SYSA is committed to safety. Coaches, parents, players -- please help us make our soccer fields safe places for our kids. Soccer goals should always be weighted and anchored, both when in use and especially when not in use. Never let children play or climb on goals. Follow this link for our SYSA policy on goal safety.

Security Contact List

If you run into a problem while at a field, use the list of numbers in the link below to get help.

For problems while at a field, click here for a security phone number list.

For serious emergencies or injury, CALL 911.


Spring Soccer 2014 high school co-ed Ballard Redhawks and LVR Tigers.
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Important Dates

September 15, 21 -- Rec coaches goalkeeper workshop. Click for details.

October 1 -- SYSA City Tournament registration opens.

Thank You SYSA Volunteers

The SYSA Board of Commissioners nominated Trish Juhnke, Woodland, and Chris Tuttle and Jeff Huse, Mt Baker as volunteers of the month. Congratulations Trish, Jeff, and Chris! To see previous monthly winners and volunteer awards, click here.

The Neil Callahan Fund

The Neil Callahan Fund honors the memory of SYSA's late president. To learn more about the fund, click here.

Click here to donate to the Neil Callahan Fund.

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