The Respect Campaign

The Respect Campaign is an initiative to improve the playing environment for our youth players to enhance both player and character development. SYSA is committed to providing an enjoyable experience for all. So Join us in elevating our standards.

Mission Statement

The Respect Campaign aims to change the climate of youth soccer and elevate our conduct as players, coaches, spectators, and referees to a higher level by:

  • Implementing programs and practices that improve the environment of the game-on the field and sidelines.

  • Infusing our culture so that everyone—players, parents, coaches, directors, staff— treats each other with respect, and

  • Embracing diversity—by striving to understand others’ perspectives, even those most different from our own.

2018 SYSA Award Winners

Congratulations to the following award winners for their outstanding efforts in 2018 in support of the kids in SYSA!!

Girls Competitive Coach of the Year Olivia Lee (Seattle United)
Boys Competitive Coach of the Year Abdella Hussen (Seattle United)
Girls Recreational Coach of the Year Jose Martinez (Beacon Hill)
Boys Recreational Coach of the Year Bassim Bowidar (Lake City)
Volunteer of the Year Stacy Heilgeist (Ballard)
Administrator of the Year Jon Carver (LVR)

SYSA Partners with Soccer Without Borders

Soccer Without Borders is a nonprofit that serves children who are recent immigrants to the US, using soccer to help them integrate into Seattle schools and life in America. SYSA helped SWB register their first BU18 team into its Citywide League this fall with as a Capitol Hill team. Thanks to everyone at SWB and Capitol Hill Soccer Club for their efforts in getting these kids some great game time!

Seattle United FC welcomed to Elite Club National League (ECNL)

Seattle United Among Six Prominent Puget Sound Soccer Clubs to Join Boys ECNL Northwest Conference for the 2019-2020 Season

March 20, 2019 – Seattle, WA – Seattle United FC is pleased to announce its acceptance into the Boys Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) for the 2019-2020 season. The Boys ECNL was formed to provide a top level, club-based development, training, and competition platform for youth male soccer players, with conference competition in five age groups (U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19) and collegiate exposure through multiple Boys ECNL National Events. In addition to the competition platform, the Boys ECNL offers player identification and development opportunities for top players, as well as unique coaching education and club development programs.

Specifically, the Seattle United Boys ECNL program will span across the U14, U15, U16, U17, and U18/19 age groups, with U13 considered as a pre-ECNL team. There will be one ECNL team per age group. Seattle United will compete in the newly-formed Northwest Conference within the Boys ECNL league beginning in August 2019.

“The ECNL has proven to be a league of the highest level of competition and development. We believe this is the right platform for our boys’ teams that will provide both high level competition and college exposure for our elite players,” said Jimmy McAlister, Seattle United Director of Soccer. “We are excited and honored to be affiliated with the Boys ECNL, which has a high rate of players moving on to play at the collegiate level. We look forward to this wonderful opportunity and additional programming at Seattle United.”

SYSA Hires David Griffiths as Executive Director

The Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) has hired David Griffiths, a veteran of Seattle and Washington youth soccer, to replace retiring Executive Director Ed D’Alessandro. 

“SYSA has one of the most successful and vigorous recreational youth soccer programs in the United States,” said incoming Executive Director Dave Griffiths. “I’m excited to continue and expand our recreational soccer offerings and strengthen our leagues by bringing in new players from every neighborhood and every income group in Seattle and Shoreline.”

With close to 12,000 recreational and select/premier players, SYSA comprises thirteen clubs that bring soccer to children in every neighborhood of Seattle and Shoreline. SYSA provides appropriately coached and joyfully fun soccer play for all skill levels and ages, from the 5-year-old kicking a ball for the first time to the highly skilled high school athlete looking to continue their playing career in college.

“I’m excited and pleased to have someone of Dave’s experience, worldwide caliber, and passion for the sport accept this leadership role,” SYSA Board of Commissioners president Steve Kuhn said. “SYSA has come a long way since its beginnings in 1969. As we enter our 50th year in 2019, Dave is well positioned to take the association into the next decade and beyond.”

SYSA has long-established partnerships with Seattle Schools and Seattle Parks, as well as Washington Youth Soccer. Griffiths wants to continue building those relationships as SYSA pursues its goals of making the benefits of soccer available to everyone.

 “SYSA’s current outreach program partnership with Seattle Public Schools is just the start.  We need to continue engaging young children who may not have access to organized soccer because of income, cultural, or logistical barriers. I also want to focus on growing our TOPSoccer program to bring children with disabilities into the SYSA fold, so they can experience the joy of playing The Beautiful Game.”

The transition for the new director will take place during November and December 2018, with Griffiths taking full responsibilities for SYSA in January 2019 as he moves out of his current Seattle United directorship position.

D’Alessandro was the first Executive Director in the organization’s history. Under his leadership, the association saw steady growth in the number of its recreational players; launched and grew the state’s top select/premier club, Seattle United; dramatically expanded its Spring Soccer league; started the Soccer In Schools program partnership with Seattle Public Schools; expanded staff services to its neighborhood clubs; and became a strong ally in the development of new soccer fields in Seattle and Shoreline.

“Ed D’Alessandro’s steady administrative hand has enabled SYSA to offer better services and soccer experiences to more children throughout the Seattle area. His leadership has put SYSA in the forefront of recreational soccer in the region. The organizational and financial stability of the association is a testament to the great work he has done over the past twelve years,” said Board President Kuhn. “We wish him all the best as he explores other opportunities for his talents.”


Seattle Youth Soccer Association is a volunteer run, 501©(3) nonprofit that has been bringing “The World’s Sport to Seattle’s Kids” since 1969. Hundreds of volunteer coaches, managers, and administrators in twelve neighborhood recreational clubs and its select/premier club oversee a program that included nearly 12,000 young soccer players in 2018. For more information, visit SYSA on the web at, call us at 206-552-0723, or email us at .