The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
by David Falk
As one of the coordinators of the proposed new Evergreen Premier League, an adult men’s league that would like to establish itself in Washington as a presence representing traditional football club culture and competition, it’s my job to get some buzz going about the league and its possibilities.
So in these early days we have been talking about picking a league name and some basic things the league is hoping for in its eventual clubs. If it looks just a bit like the set-up in foreign countries, then that is on purpose. If we think of Washington state as its own little “country,” then we begin to have an idea of how and why the EPLWA could be a very cool thing.
Today’s chatter in regards to the Evergreen Premier League is a look at a map graphic and list of towns where teams could go.
Understand that player availability and willing club owners are almost always the two biggest factors in whether or not clubs can be founded. So this map and these lists are just general ideas to get us all thinking. The actual look and shape of the EPL would be determined by you, the owners, managers and players suiting up for and playing in the towns you love.
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Target Towns: At first glance, which towns have enough of a player base to make teams possible? You could certainly have many teams in the greater Puget Sound area. That isn’t the only dream for the EPL, though. The dream is statewide. So, along with places like Seattle, Tacoma and Federal Way, I’ve included some other targets that would broaden the league’s reach: Bellingham, Port Angeles, Bremerton, Olympia, Arlington, Yakima, Tri-Cities, Wenatchee and Spokane. Several of these towns could have more than one team, if ownership groups came forward.
Possible Places: The romance of small club football in small towns is a part of the EPL dream. So we’ve got to include a few others in the map, such as Mount Vernon, Centralia, Chelan, Moses Lake, Walla Walla, and Vancouver.
Interested in the population of the towns in our state? This link will tell you.
Rationale: OK, so I have posted my very unofficial list of targets and places. You might be scratching your head about some of them. So here are some thoughts about that. Port Angeles / Sequim is a growing area with several stadium possibilities and also a possible player pool from Peninsula College, defending NWAACC champions. Arlington is on the I-5 route south and is also a growing soccer area, within reach of three already-established men’s indoor clubs. Olympia also has a player pool from several colleges. Yakima is one of those places that could have several teams, based just on player availability. Same goes for the Tri-Cities. Wenatchee has a strong level of both soccer interest and adult players. Spokane is a long drive but has the population.
Vancouver Washington as a “small town?” OK, not really. It’s booming. Hope we hear some buzz from down there soon. Mount Vernon would be a nice stop for other I-5 clubs, as would Centralia. The central and east side could be rounded out with Chelan (a soccer hotbed that once had a traveling men’s team, the “Warriors”), Moses Lake and Walla Walla.
Let’s repeat: the EPL would eventually be formed based on the ownership groups that step up in their towns, and the player pools available. So this is just me thinking out loud to keep the buzz going.
How you can help: The best way to help right now is to think of people where you live who might want to join a grand, local, grass-roots, authentic football adventure. Then send them our way. We’ll get a discussion going.
David Falk, EPL Coordinator ——>>> goalWA@gmail.com
Your town not mentioned? Shame on me. Tell us about it here or on our league Facebook page!
About the Evergreen Premier League
The Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) is a statewide adult semi-pro men’s premier soccer league that will host amateur players on serious and professionally-run clubs. Target kick off is set for May 2014. The EPLWA will be similar in structure and mission to the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) but will serve Washington state clubs. Your club can apply to join the Evergreen Premier League here. Questions about the EPLWA can be directed to David Falk at goalWA@gmail.com.