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Soccer Across Washington Brings The World's Game To Diverse Communities

 

Started locally in 2009 and based on US Youth Soccer's national "Soccer Across America" (formerly Soccer Start) program, Soccer Across Washington is designed to provide all players - regardless of geography, economics, gender, language barriers or ethnicity - the opportunity to play and compete in the world's game.

Washington Youth Soccer has taken the overall mission of the national program and enhanced its features to ensure its success here at home, evidenced by the 30 new teams the program has welcomed into the Washington Youth Soccer family in less than a year.

With the motto, "COME PLAY ON MY TEAM," Soccer Across Washington provides a network that offers soccer training, administrative guidance, equipment assistance and technical support to lower-income children in underserved communities or communities not yet served by existing clubs and leagues.

Backed by strong community ties, the Soccer Across Washington committee kicked off this program with a structured focus on the Seattle-Kent-Renton-Tacoma areas. With continuous outreach efforts and a desire to serve previously untouched areas, young athletes and communities have responded and blossomed in their passion for the game and their interest in being on the field - either as a player or referee.

For this new program to succeed, especially in underserved communities, the committee has been steadfast in their efforts to educate people about the program, its opportunities and the chance for involvement.

Earlier this summer, Washington Youth Soccer hosted its inaugural Spanish-language "E" License Coaching Clinic for 32 coaches. After a resounding success, the state has already planned three more Spanish-language "E" Coaching Courses early next year, with a "D" License Course set for sometime in March. In addition, Washington Youth Soccer is reaching out to Spanish-speaking families with a plan to host a comprehensive parents' meeting on Sept. 1 that will be presented entirely in Spanish, at which parents can learn more about Washington Youth Soccer and the many ways in which they can take advantage of the state's numerous programs.

As momentum builds and new communities join Soccer Across Washington's efforts, corporations have also seen the value of this unique program and added their support with donations. With no stopping in sight, the Soccer Across Washington program is a true reflection of the spirit of this amazing game - to provide opportunities for all kids to play soccer and, ultimately, foster their love of the sport.

For additional information on the Soccer Across Washington, please contact Tracy Murphy at socceracrosswa@wsysa.com.

 
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