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PSPL and US Club Soccer to offer new Rec League in Puget Sound  

pspl-logoSEATTLE  –  (April  2,  2015)   The  Puget  Sound  Premier  League  is  excited  to  announce  the  formation  of  a  US  Club  Soccer-­‐sanctioned  Recreational  Soccer  League  to  kick  off  in  the  Fall  2015  season.

Dubbed  the  South  Puget  Sound  Recreational  Soccer  League,  it  will  include  about  10  initial  clubs,  roughly  220  teams  and  nearly  2,500  players.    The  league’s  geographical  boundary  will  stretch  to  Tacoma  to  the  south,  Sumner  and  Puyallup  to  the  east  and  Issaquah  and  Renton  to  the  north  and  west  respectively.  The  league  will  be  divided  into  two  divisions  -­‐  north  and  south.  Teams  will  conclude  the  fall  season  with  the  Puget  Sound  Rec  Cup  tournament.

The  aim  of  the  league  is  to  bring  more  attention  and  support  to  the  recreational  soccer  player,  team  and  club.  The  PSPL  will  be  offering  free  player  clinics  with  PSPL  Technical  Director  Eddie  Henderson  and  will  organize  a  Rec  Coaching  Summit  in  August  for  recreational  coaches.

“We  are  looking  forward  to  introducing  our  new  Coach  Technical  Training  and  Player  Technical  training  to  all  the  participants  of  the  league,”  Henderson  said.  “ The  goal  is  to  educate  coaches  and  players  in  a  league  that  is  all  about  development,  fun  and  passion.”

LeagueAffliate-logoUnder  the  new  league,  teams  also  will  have  access  to  high  quality  Team  Pages  and  well-­‐organized  league  standings  and  schedules.  The  fall  season  will  be  composed  of  10-­‐12  games  for  U11  teams  and  older.

“Our  aim  is  to  offer  all  rec  teams  a  league  to  call  their  own  and  one  that  supports  their  love  for  the  game  and  one  that  lavishes  the  attention  on  them,”  said  Stanley  Holmes,  president  of  the  PSPL.    “Rec  soccer  is  fundamental  to  the  game  and  we  hope  to  help  it  grow  and  flourish  long  into  the  future.”

An  equally  important  goal  for  the  league  is  to  offer  high  quality  services  and  programming  while  operating  an  efficient,  low-­‐cost  league.  Simply  put:  the  PSPL  aims  to  provide  rec  players  and  their  families  more  value  for  their  money.  “We  are  confident  we  can  deliver  better  than  any  other  organization,”  Holmes  said.  “We  have  a  proven  track  record.”

Clubs  committed  to  joining  the  new  Puget  Sound  Rec  League,  include:  Issaquah  Soccer  Club  (ISC/Gunners),  Sumner  Soccer  Club,  Puyallup  Soccer  Union,  Cascade  Foothills  Soccer  Club,  Franklin  Pierce  Soccer  Club,  Cascade  Soccer  Club,  Maple  Valley,  FME,  Mount  Rainier  FC  and  others.

“We  are  excited  to  be  a  part  of  the  formation  of  this  new  league  and  part  of  US  Club,”  said  Dan  Brown,  president  Sumner  Soccer  Club.  “The  PSPL  has  shown  over  the  last  few  years  that  they  can  put  together  a  great  program  for  Select  level  soccer  and  we  are  confident  with  that  along  with  the  many  other  clubs  involved  we  will  have  a  strong  league.”

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“ISC  is  excited  to  join  the  PSPL  to  expand  opportunities  for  young  athletes  to  participate  in  recreational  soccer  in  Western  Washington,”  said  Joe  Yellig,  ISC  executive  director.    “The  PSPL  has  been  successful
in  the  growth  of  youth  soccer  in  the  community  through  its  premier  and  select  leagues,  and  this  is  another  positive  step  that  we  are  excited  to  join.”

The  South  Puget  Sound  Rec  League  will  be  sanctioned  by  US  Club  Soccer  and  managed  by  the  PSPL.  The  two  organizations  have  worked  together  for  more  than  five  years  in  Washington  state  to  offer  competitive  programming  opportunities.  During  that  time,  the  PSPL  has  grown  from  just  12  teams  to  more  than  1,000  teams  that  participate  in  its  leagues,  tournaments  and  various  events.

“US  Club  Soccer  is  very  excited  about  the  new  PSPL  recreation  league,”  said  Gabe  Rood,  US  Club  Soccer’s  Western  Region  membership  representative.  “The  PSPL  has  run  a  professional  organization  for  the  competitive  clubs  and  we  are  confident  the  new  rec  league  will operate  in  the  same  professional  manner  for  the  recreation  clubs.  We look  forward  to  working  with  the  PSPL  and  the  clubs  so  the  players  can enjoy  playing  the  beautiful  game.”

US  Club  Soccer  is  a  National  Association  of  the  U.S.  Soccer  Federation.  It  consists  of  members  throughout  the  country  and  is  led  by  people  with  technical  and  playing  experience  in  soccer  -­‐  current  and  former  players,  coaches  and  directors.      

The  Puget  Sound  Premier  League  is  a  member  of  US  Club  Soccer  and  a  non-­‐profit  organization.  Its  mission  is  to  develop  competitive  and  recreational  soccer  in  Washington  state  and  offers  a  wide  range  of  programming  and  events  from  U8  to  U18.      

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