April 2019
Club news & updates
Mercer Island FC is our community's volunteer-led, non-profit soccer club for kids of all ages. Let’s play!
  • President's Message
  • Register Now for Fall Recreational Teams and Select Soccer Tryouts
  • Select Tryouts Schedule and Info Night
  • MI Summer Juniors Program
  • G06 Maroon Girls Advance to President's Cup Quarterfinals
  • MIHS Boys Soccer Final Season Home Game
  • Summer Soccer Camp Run By MIHS Girls Soccer, July 17-19
President's Message
Hello Mercer Island Families,
For MIFC April and May is all about planning and preparing for the seasons ahead. Recreational registration has opened and Select soccer tryouts are a couple of weeks away. We are planning to make both of those programs better this next year.

As I mention Select soccer tryouts it reminds me that this can be a new and possibly stressful experience especially for players who have not attended tryouts before. I thought I would resend this message from last year regarding tryout season from MIFC Coach Colin Rigby.
Tryout season has a really big impact on players and families so I thought I would take a few minutes and talk through a few things to think about as you prepare for your tryout.
You want to use the tryout period to show off your strengths, attitude and excitement to be there. 
The first thing to think about is how you show up. Make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing and athletic gear (look the part). Being that this is the sports version of an interview, you want to bring a winning, fun, and competitive attitude. Finally, you want to show off your strengths. Soccer players come in all shapes and sizes, each person has their own strengths that should be highlighted during the tryout process. I can tell you that as the high school soccer coach, I look for creative and intelligent players who make educated decisions with the ball and look for ways to make an impact when they play. I like players that are calm under pressure and can play out of compact spaces.
What do coaches notice at tryouts? We are looking for those players who listen and have the right attitude. We like the players who express their passion and effort. We look for players that fit the positions and the style that the team plays. Understand that the coaches will be spending their time teaching, educating, and advising the players; so they want players who will treat them with respect. The coaches are also responsible for tactically preparing the team, so they will be looking to fill specific positions or styles of play. 
Parents, family members, and supporters of your player...understand that this is can be a stressful and challenging time for young athletes. They want to know that you are there for them regardless of the outcome of the tryout. They know what they are going into, so just support them and keep things positive. The best thing you can express to your athlete is "I like watching you play" 
I wish you the best of luck with your tryouts this year and remember, "show up"! 
See you on the Pitch!
Greg Snyder
MIFC President
Register Now for Recreational Teams and Select Soccer Tryouts
Get a head start on Fall activities and register for MIFC Micro and Recreational Soccer. Teams are available for players from U6-U19. Players born in 2013-2014 play MicroSoccer while recreational players born from 2001-2012 compete against nearby EYSA teams. Teams practice twice a week, with 10 season matches scheduled on weekends. Register Here
Select Tryouts Schedule and Info Night
Is your recreational player looking for more challenging training and competition? Does your player aspire to play high school soccer? Select Soccer may be the right choice to help your child meet her goals. Select Soccer is open to U10-U19 players. The tryout schedule is posted below. To learn more about the program, the cost and the commitment, attend our Select Soccer Information Night on May 2, 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. Coaches will be on hand to answer questions and help you determine if Select Soccer is right for your child.

Register for tryouts here :

T ryouts are scheduled at locations in Bellevue and on Mercer Island. Players are encouraged to attend BOTH sessions to have the best chance for evaluation.
B '10(U10) 5/3, 5-6:30pm at Wilburton Elementary 
5/5, 10-11:30am at MIHS grass ___________________
B '09(U11) 5/3, 6:45-8:15pm at Wilburton Elementary
5/5 12-1:30pm at MIHS grass ____________________
B/G '08(U12) 5/3, 7-8:30 pm at Wilburton Park
5/5 2-3:30pm at MIHS grass ____________________
G '10(U10)  5/3, 5-6:30pm at Wilburton Elementary
5/6 6:30-8pm at IMS Turf_______________________
G '09(U11)  5/3 6:45-8:15pm at Wilburton Elementary
5/6 6:30-8:00pm at IMS Turf__________ ___________
B/G '07(U13)   5/10 6:30-7:45pm at IMS,
5/11 1-2:30pm at Chinook MS Bellevue____________
B/G '06(U14)  5/10 6:30-7:45pm at IMS,
5/11 2:30-4pm at Chinook MS Bellevue____________
B/G '05/'04(U15)     5/10 7:45 - 9:00pm at IMS
5/11 4:-5:30 at Chinook MS Bellevue______________
MI Summer Juniors Program
The Summer MI Juniors Program will introduce young players (U7-U9) to the Mercer Island FC player development methodology. MIFC, over time, teaches players to play the game by using tactical references which enable players to increase their soccer IQ by compiling more references. 
Over the summer, players will train 1-2 times per week and participate in 1-2 summer jamborees or tournaments. In addition, there will be many Street Futbol sessions where players show up and just play!
The number #1 goal of the program is to allow players to have fun and to give them tools that will help them play the game at any level they aspire to. At the youngest ages, this means players will learn basics like:
  • Depth and Width principles in the Attacking phase of the game
  • Triangulation and Diamond principles in the Attacking - Build Up phase of the game
  • Away from Pressure decision making that allow them keep the ball
  • Experience lots of actions in training that have context, teammates and opponents (not actions in isolation) 
Playing games that allow players to experience situations makes for efficient learning. This becomes a reference that is easily stored and retrieved for future use.

For more information, attend the Parent Information session about Select Soccer on May 2, 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center, which will explain how the MI Juniors program fits into the developmental program at MIFC.
GO6 Maroon Girls Advance to President's Cup Quarterfinals

The G06 Maroon "Possession Girls" are making their fourth consecutive appearance in the President's Cup Quarterfinals, The team advanced after defeating Three Rivers 4-3 in a come from behind victory match in Pasco. The team will face Whatcom Rangers Blue on April 27th. Good luck girls!
MIHS Boys Soccer Final Season Home Game
Come out to the MIHS Stadium on April 30 to cheer the team to victory and celebrate Senior Night in its last home game against Liberty. Go Islanders!
Summer Soccer Camp Run By MIHS Girls Soccer, July 17-19
Save the dates (Wednesday, July 17 – Friday, July 19 th) for a soccer skills camp hosted by the MIHS Girls Soccer teams. The camp is open to female players ages 9-12. The cost of the camp will be $120. Stay tuned for more details. Registration site will open soon on the MIFC website here