Other Training Opportunities

FC Sounders Youth Development Program - Click here for website

International Academy of Soccer - Click here for website

Junior RCL (Junior Academy) - EYSA and MIFC have partnered to bring this popular academy to Mercer Island this fall. Junior RCL, or Junior Academy, is perfect for the player new to competitive soccer, who wants to test the waters and see what it is like to play at a higher level. The objectives of the program are to have fun playing the game; learn the fundamentals from Premier-level coaches; develop skills, confidence and a sense of teamwork; and promote the very highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play. Eastside FC Junior RCL is where our youngest players begin to get a feel for what it means to be a good teammate; they also learn how to train, and begin to understand the structure and expectations around training.

Games: Girls play on Saturday. Boys play on Sunday.

Practice starts: Late August TBD

Practice Days and Times: TBD

All Practices are on Mercer Island

Girls & Boys born 2010 or later | 10-Week Season | Fall & Spring Seasons

Train 2x per Week | No Travel | Contact Junior RCL Director - juniorprograms@eastsidefc.org

Registration is currently open by clicking on this link.

Want to learn more about how we develop our youngest players? Read this article by Aaron Byers, our VP of player and coach development.

MI Boys & Girls Club - MIFC 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 MIFC fall program in that the youngest players receive clinic-style training, like Microsoccer, progress to gradually larger teams and fields until they play full-sided soccer, like Recreational Soccer.

Click here for more information about programs offered by the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club.

MIHS Girls Soccer Summer Camp - Have fun this summer with the players and coaches of MIHS Girls Soccer! We have created an opportunity for elementary age girls of all levels to participate in a skills development camp that will be run by our MIHS Girls program. Camp is geared to girls ages 6-12 of all skills and abilities. Camp dates will be July 18th - 20th from 10 a.m. - noon at the MIHS Stadium Field.

Registration details soon at https://www.migirlssoccer.com.

O'Neill Soccer Academy - O'Neill Soccer Academy will be offering a training camp this summer at Islander Middle School August 13-17 from 9-12pm. The camp is for players aged 7-13. Cost is $150 per player.

Players that attend this camp can expect a fun and engaging week of training and activities that align to Mercer Island FC development curriculum. The main areas of focus will be 1v1 and small group attacking and defending. Activities will aim to develop creative, confident, and adaptable players who understand when and where, in addition to how to use the skills they are learning (soccer intelligence).

Players will be grouped according to their ability to ensure continued challenge and each day will also include activities that instill our core values of character, team-work and leadership

Below is a typical day at O'Neill Soccer Academy:

9-915: Arrival Activity: players get introduced to a fun challenge on arrival! Theme(s) of the day are established, expectations discussed, and previous day(s) are recapped.

915-930: Ignition Activity: often a fun tag related game with balls to get the players revved up! Players maximize touches on the ball.

930-1005: Theme(s) of the day practiced in simplified formats: lower pressure and player numbers to build understanding and success.

1005-1020: Physical and cognitive challenge 1

1020-1035: Nutrition Break 1

1035:1050: Game Related: Theme(s) of the day is progressed in terms of opponents and pressure.

10:50-1105: Physical and cognitive challenge 2

1105-11:20: Nutrition Break 2

11:20-11:50: Showtime! Players showcase what they have learned in scrimmages without coach intervention. Individual/team goals are established and coaches guide discussions during rest periods to further enhance performance.

11:50-12:00: Equipment collection, debrief, dismissal.

For further details on O'Neill Soccer Academy vision, philosophy, and programming, check out their webpage here, or to register click here.

Additional questions can be directed to Dave O'Neill (email:info@oneillsocceracademy.com or cell: 253-414-8372).