All MIYSC programs, and all soccer programs in Washington State, are based upon a player's age as of August 1st of the current year and use a "U" designation for "under." For example, a player who is 6 years old on August 1, 2013 is a "U-7," under 7, player in 2013; but a player who turns 6 on August 2, 2013 is a "U-6," under 6, player in 2013. A "B" or "G" before the "U" indicates boys or girls. For example, "BU-7" is Boys U-7, and "GU-12" is Girls U-12.
Consideration can be requested for players who are young by birthdate but want to play with their grade. For example, a player who turns 5 years old on August 15, 2013 is too young for U-6, but they can be allowed to play at U-6 if they will be starting kindergarten. The MIYSC registrar can help you with questions regarding registering a young player for their grade-appropriate group or registerng a special needs player in an appropriate group..
Our U-12, typically 6th Grade, and older players are ready for full-sided soccer. They play 11 v. 11, and all of the Laws of the Game are enforced. As the players physically mature, the size of the ball and the length of the match will increase until they are playing with a full-size, #5, ball and playing 45 minute halves.
The mission of the Mercer Island Youth Soccer Club's Select soccer program, known as Mercer Island Football Club (MIFC), is to provide an opportunity primarily for Mercer Island soccer players to play at the highest level of soccer within the local community while maintaining balance between school, family life and other sports. The level of play in Club Select typically falls somewhere between recreational and premier soccer. MIFC's program is designed for the player seeking a high level of competition; without the greater time and financial commitments of premier soccer. MIFC currently fields teams from U11 through U18. Tryouts are held each spring. For more information click on the Select button on the left of this page.
Micro soccer is for our youngest players, U-6 and U-7, typically Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Small rosters, small-sided games, and clinic-style training from soccer professionals provide a great atmosphere for our youngest players to begin to develop a love of the game while laying the foundation for their individual skills development.
Mod soccer, short for "modified" soccer, is the next step in player development. Mod soccer is for U-8 through U-11 players, typically 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades. Mod soccer continues with small rosters and small-sided games that maximize the opportunities for players to have touches on the ball and improve their skills and confidence. As the players' skills and maturity grow, so, too, do the number of players on their team rosters, the number of players on the field, the size of the fields, the size of the goals, and the number of rules, or Laws of the Game, that apply to them grow.
Additional Training Options
MIYSC has partnered with the professional trainers at the International Academy of Soccer to offer optional training opportunities for players that may want more soccer than they will get with their team. Some of these training options are offered at no additional cost to MIYSC players. Other training options do have an additional cost.
Included with Membership
Sunday Skills: Clinic-style training designed to enhance and improve individual technical skills. Sessions are held on Sunday afternoons at the IMS Sunken Field. The 2013 schedule is not yet confirmed, but the program typically starts in mid-August and runs through late-October.
Wednesday Academy: Clinic-style training designed to enhance and improve individual technical skills. Sessions are held on Wednesday afternoons at West Mercer Elementary. The 2013 schedule is not yet confirmed, but the program typically starts in September and runs through October.
Friday Academy: Clinic-style training designed to enhance and improve individual technical skills. Sessions are held on Wednesday afternoons at West Mercer Elementary. The 2013 schedule is not yet confirmed, but the program typically starts in September and runs through October.
Friday Nights under the Lights: Come with your friends and scrimmage on Friday nights, under the lights, on the turf, at the Mercer Island High School Stadium. This winter program is a great way for players to continue to have a soccer ball at their feet in a fun-filled way.
Spring Player Development/Get Ready for Select: Clinic-style training designed to enhance and improve individual technical skills. Includes three (3) training sessions per week for eight weeks during the spring, before select tryouts.
The most committed and skilled players gravitate toward premier soccer. While the term "premier soccer" has begun to be used casually in recent years, historically, "premier soccer" was played by regional soccer clubs that brought together the most committed and skilled players from local clubs in a region to train together and play against the most committed and skilled players from other regional cubs.
Washington State Youth Soccer has sanctioned the Regional Club League, "RCL," for these regional soccer clubs in order to foster like v. like competition. MIYSC's sister club, Eastside FC, is the only RCL club in the Eastside Youth Soccer Association, which encompasses Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Issaquah. Other RCL clubs in the area include Crossfire Premier, Seattle United, Pacific Northwest Soccer Club, Snohomish United, and FC Alliance.
Eastside FC is based in Preston, Exit 22 off I-90, but offers Mercer Island-based teams for its RCL Juniors Program (U-8 and U-9) and its U-10 Development Program.
MIYSC is pleased to partner with and support the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club in two recreational soccer programs.
Futsol: Futsol is a type of indoor soccer played on a basketball court with small nets. Unlike indoor soccer, which is typically played on artificial turf with walls similar to a hockey rink, futsol uses out of bounds lines, like outdoor soccer, which requires greater ball control from players. The MIBGC Futsol Program offers training from the professionals at the International Academy of Soccer followed by scrimmages. The program runs for 4 weeks in December, between the end of the outdoor season and Winter Break.
Spring Soccer: The MIBGC has historically offered spring soccer for girls. Starting in Spring 2013, MIBGC also offers spring soccer for boys. This program mirrors the MIYSC fall program in that the youngest players receive clinic-style training, like Microsoccer, progress to gradually larger teams ad fields, like Mod Soccer, until they play full-sided soccer, like Recreational Soccer.