2015 was a great year for Mercer Island FC with so many wonderful moments of fun, success, growth, and friendship. Many of our teams achieved great success on the field, but the most important thing is that all of our players gained lasting memories and personal development through their experiences with the Club. None of this would be possible without the support of our parents and volunteers, and for that we want to take this opportunity to say "Thank You"!
As we turn to 2016, the Club is planning for another fantastic year. We'll continue to provide great programs for the kids in our community to learn, grow and have fun playing the beautiful game of soccer!
Here are just a few of the programs that we have planned for early 2016...
Winter Sharpness Training Sessions
Sorry, this popular program is sold out for this year.
The Winter Sharpness Sessions are a fast-paced training environment providing players with activities and games that are purposefully fun while simultaneously developing their fundamental skill base. Your child will learn the dribbling moves of Messi, Ronaldo, Dempsey, Yedlin, Morris and the like! Taught by MIFC Technical Director Darren Sawatzky, VP of Player Development Aaron Byers, and a stable of Professional coaches in our program.
6:30 - 8:00pm Fridays: January 16, 23 & 30; February 6, 13, 27th
Mercer Island High School Stadium
We are also providing something for the parents to learn a little soccer too! Parents are included (if they would like to stay) and will learn with their own trainer - Free of charge! It's not too late for you to learn how to play better soccer with your young players! Come out and learn the same fundamentals MIFC teaches U8 boys and girls. We'll teach you how to dribble, juggle, pass and possess the ball. The only rule is to Have Fun!
The last session will include scrimmaging with your players!
U8-U9 Junior RCL
MIFC continues to partner with our Premier Club, Eastside FC
to offer a Mercer Island based U8-U9 Junior RCL program for Mercer Island players. The program is designed to teach young players the fundamentals of the game with an emphasis on skill development, player confidence, initiative, and sense of teamwork. There are no tryouts; all players are placed on teams within the program.
MIHS Mid-Winter Break Camp
Mercer Island High School Boys Coach (and EYSA Technical Director) Colin Rigby is once again hosting a soccer camp for future MIHS boys and girls players. This is a great chance to get some extra work in during the mid-winter break with Colin and his coaches.
February 15-18 (4 day camp), 9am-Noon
Mercer Island High School stadium
Boys and girls ages 6-13 and 14-18 (players will be grouped by age and skill level
EYSA Spring Academy / Get Ready for Select
MIFC and EYSA will be offering the popular Spring Academy / Get Ready for Select training program starting in March. Under the guidance of EYSA Technical Directors Colin Rigby and Unai Goikoetxeta, the training is run by professional coaches on multiple days and locations for you to choose from. The tentative schedule is:
- Issaquah: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-7pm, and Saturdays 11:30-1pm
- Bellevue: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:30pm, and Saturdays 9-10:30am
- Mercer Island: Tuesdays and Thursday 6-7:30pm, and Wednesdays 3-4:30pm.
Information on registration and field locations will be available soon.
On behalf of all of us at MIFC, here's to a great 2016. See you on the pitch!