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 13,000 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

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. As well as, Jimmy McAlister, Brian Schmetzer, and former University of Washington and United States National Team coach Mike Ryan.

Michelle Akers

Michelle Akers

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

Jason Farrell

Jason Farrell

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.

Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan

Jimmy McAlister

Jimmy McAlister

The Schmetzers

The Schmetzers

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.

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Looking forward

For over 50 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.

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