The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Today marks the debut of what could be an ongoing conversation on goalWA.net about owning and running FC’s in the state of Washington. Do you have a dream to found your own soccer club? Just curious about how it might get done in our state? Let’s look into it together.
by David Falk
One of my favorite things to do is to welcome new soccer clubs into the Washington scene. These debuts are a sign of growth and interest in the sport. Not only that, but they give goalWA.net even more soccer to cover.
I know I am not the only one out there who has dreamed about starting his or her own “Football Club.” I’ve seen ideas, dreams, possible owners come and go around here over the years. As long as we play the sport the dream of founding clubs will live on.
Right now I am particularly fascinated with the idea of seeing the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) expand in the state of Washington. The initial success of Bellingham United is intriguing. Could that be duplicated on some scale somewhere else? Tacoma? Olympia? Port Angeles?
What about the eastern part of the state? The American National Soccer League (ANSL) has clubs in Chelan, Tri-Cities and Yakima. When will Spokane get a men’s club again, and in which league?
So…this is your invitation to join the Think Tank FC conversation. Comment and post in the the “Comments” section below.
Post your answers to these questions in the comments box below.
1. Where would you start your club in The WA?
2. What kind of club would it be? (Pro, Semi-Pro, Amateur, Youth, Men’s, Women’s, Indoor, etc.)
3. Where would it play?
4. How would you finance it?
5. What league would it play in? Why?
Here are a few links to check out. Read here about how Fargo Youth Soccer Club was founded. AllExperts.com has a useful to-do list here. This list of “Seven Steps” is aimed at the amateur level. Here’s a 5-Year Business Plan for the other ‘football.’ Here’s a plan from Scarborough Athletic. Here’s a Marketing Plan for an FC from Kings Lynn. Here’s a UK-centric list of “How to Start a Football Club.” This website is called BusinessofSoccer.com. This one is SoccerBusinessWorld.com.
Youth focus: How WA club Kajumulo FC got started.
More will follow in future posts. Please post links in comments section, too.
The league entry free for an indoor club in the PASL is $500 per season. This soccer owner-hopeful is $10 towards a goal of $1,000 to put a PASL team in Seattle this winter. Would you think about getting capital for a club via social media?
The annual fees for the PDL and NPSL are around $8,000. That’s just league fees. Operational costs are at least triple that amount, in addition.
Learning from the past
I wrote extensively about the death of the PDL Spokane Spiders. Part One. Part Two. The shorter version is: don’t be underfunded, understand your soccer community, have a defined vision of why you exist, have a decent place to play.
Learning from the present
Welcome to The WA, Bellingham United! A club that from day one has done things its own way, and understood both football culture and soccer playing history in the city of Bellingham. What can we learn? Where you start a club is crucial, and the town / city needs to match your goals. Don’t expect a rural, non-soccer town to suddenly embrace the sport and your new project.
I’ve said more than enough for now. Please answer the questions above and jump into the Think Tank FC conversation below!