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 91 
 on: August 15, 2018, 04:33:08 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by soccerkicks
Well so far I have seen at the 04 girls age group that the ecnl teams are pretty damn weak so far. Watched most of the teams take a pretty good beating at crossifre challenge.  Never thought crossfire would ever have not very strong teams. The age group across the board seems to be diluted heavily. Rcl division 1 is going to have like 3 strong teams from clubs that dont have da or ecnl option and the rest of the teams in divison 1 will get punished during the season it seems.

WP 04ECNLs are always good.  They are coming off an ECNL Playoff appearance with all of their girls returning plus adding a couple additional pieces.  They also won Crossfire in the '03 bracket. ;D


 92 
 on: August 15, 2018, 12:30:15 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by QuitWhining
Southlake is dual affiliated, so one option would be playing up a year in the NPSL. You could also play in your age group in the NPSL and if you win Division 1, you can go into the RCL. I don't know if that would be a good option as you'd only have a couple of really strong teams that could challenge you,

Unfortunately, as Lurker mentioned, if you can get into the RCL, you're going to get placed in the bottom division of the RCL and see even weaker competition. Recently, most of the NPSL champs have stayed in the NPSL because there's better competition in NPSL D1 than in RCL D4/5.

The RCL is promotion relegation based so if you are truly too good for the division you are placed in originally win the division and promote up.  Take second play a 7v2 game for promotion.  Do this all the way to division 1.

 Also, (and do not kill the messenger), the administrators of the RCL wholeheartedly believe that division 3 of the RCL is better than division 1 of any other league out there in Washington.  I heard that verbatim from WYSA/ RCL administrator.  So there's that.   

 93 
 on: August 15, 2018, 10:24:34 AM 
Started by ouch - Last post by bubbasaurus
Southlake is dual affiliated, so one option would be playing up a year in the NPSL. You could also play in your age group in the NPSL and if you win Division 1, you can go into the RCL. I don't know if that would be a good option as you'd only have a couple of really strong teams that could challenge you,

Unfortunately, as Lurker mentioned, if you can get into the RCL, you're going to get placed in the bottom division of the RCL and see even weaker competition. Recently, most of the NPSL champs have stayed in the NPSL because there's better competition in NPSL D1 than in RCL D4/5.

 94 
 on: August 15, 2018, 02:06:55 AM 
Started by ouch - Last post by heplaysidrive
Strange that XF 05 & 06 DA teams didn’t play in the XF Challenge, yet many players from the two teams were “guest playing” for other teams. For example, multiple XF 06DA players were playing for the XF 05 C team, one was guest playing for the Snohomish 06DA, etc.

And it wasn’t for lack of competition. Both the XF 05 & 06 DA teams regularly lose to WPFC, which played and won their respective Super Groups at XF Challenge.

 95 
 on: August 14, 2018, 11:19:47 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by LurkerRevealed
Doubt anything has changed in the last 5-7 yrs, I would say no, even if RCL would take you they would throw you in the lowest division, so you would not get the games you would want.  When my daughter played her club was dual affiliated with WYS and US club, when they were not allowed to move up to top league in PSPL, and pointless to play in same league again, coaches reached out to RCL and was offered 3rd division, which would have been same comp. ultimately coach chose to play up 1-3yrs. girls were 14 and 15 and at that time NPSL had 2 leagues at u16-18. they were place in the top league. 1st game our girl's parents had to drive them to their away game, as they were warming up the other team's girls were all driving themselves to the game.....Just funny at the time.

Luckily the older teams were all pretty good, different commitment  level, but skill was good, very fast and strong, and very competitive, it prepared the freshman girls for high school, but also they needed to sharpen their cut off skills in defense, speed of play and distribution, over all a good experience and way less travel.

so just find a local select league if still around and play up 1-2 yrs. ask league to scrimmage a team in the top league to see if you'd be a good fit, or do it yourself.  May be able to play up a yr or 2 at PSPL if US Club is your only option.........Good luck. Always nice to see Washington soccer is continuing to put kids first. (sorry for my fragmented sentences and spelling..........pretty sure you'll get my gist as I got yours......us foreigners need to stick together.....sorry i posted this for a way back poster who thought it more important to comment on me personally than on the topic at hand):drinks:


 96 
 on: August 14, 2018, 10:23:32 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by EWSoccer64
I believe that there has to be a clearer understanding of what the goals are, and what the standards are, for both DA and ECNL.   Regardless of the sex of the player/program. 
IMHO, there are too many such programs in the area and the stated goals should be to prepare players for professional and national team roles.   The "washouts" go on to college scholarships, which can be more valuable. 
If there were higher standards and less teams in the ECNL and DA environment, then such things as RCL 1 and the PSPL near equivalent would be both stronger and more relevant.  And more interesting to college coaches. 
I have no problem with the players at the highest level organizations who are trying to achieve dreams of national team play or making into the pro leagues eschewing HS play, which is for the most part POOR, to pursue their dreams.   There are opportunity costs in all parts of life.   
In Germany, how many boys trying to make it professionally get their Abiturs?
In England, how many boys trying to make it professionally get their A levels?   (Hint, English university soccer is really rec league)


I have no problem with any kid who wants to go one way or the other.   But those who want to have their cake and eat it too?   Not so much.

 97 
 on: August 14, 2018, 10:11:42 PM 
Started by HockeyDad - Last post by EWSoccer64
1.  Let's not jump to conclusions.   He is charged, but he is innocent until proven guilty.
2.  That being said, should he be allowed to sit alone in a room with a pistol with a single bullet in it, or is that too good?

As far as the comment about this is becoming more common, I think that what is happening is that people are reporting this more often.  In all sports.  And other aspects of life.

Obviously not a good situation that this particular incident happened, but perhaps we can all feel a bit better that it is being reported more often. 

 98 
 on: August 14, 2018, 08:41:20 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by EWSoccer64
Many thanks to the Starfire people for setting up the schedule as they did.   The gap in play to allow us to go as a team to see the Sounders play was the clincher for us to go to this tournament.   I hope by boys can put in a credible performance.

Heading into the Xtreme Cup next week.    Will be playing in the B06 division against the ISC Gunners B06C, FME Xtreme B06, and Newport FC B06.  Anyone have any information on these teams?

Hi EWSoccer64 - we're looking forward to having your team play at the Xtreme Cup next weekend!

Just to echo the above comments, we think you're well positioned to compete with all three teams in this bracket and wanted to provide some additional info on the three opponents you'll be facing in the group. Newport FC finished at the lower end of the 3rd division of NPSL last year, and on top of that lost a couple of key players. As mentioned, FME Xtreme will also be in the third division of the NPSL, and in another select level tournament bracket this summer, went 1-3 with a couple of losses to teams that are in the upper division of the Xtreme Cup. Finally, the ISC Gunners C team should be good competition as well as they recently faced and lost to the CWS B06 White team that has generally been in the division above your team.

Although the schedule is more condensed than we'd like it to be, we wanted to allow for travel time on Friday while also making sure you could finish your group games by Saturday given that a few players would be missing on Sunday. It also gives a gap in the middle of the day on Saturday for teams to attend the Sounders game if they'd like (or if they've already bought tickets).

We're really looking forward to hosting your team and feel free to stop by tournament headquarters at say hi when you arrive on Friday! Best of luck.

 99 
 on: August 14, 2018, 08:38:52 PM 
Started by peleknows - Last post by LSA72
So does that mean that both clubs are moving back to WYS for fall leagues? PSPL is losing more clubs?

 100 
 on: August 14, 2018, 06:26:58 PM 
Started by ouch - Last post by VIKTOR V
Hello,  we are team Southlake B07 red wants to play premier level of soccer, but PSPL did not let us go. We won classic 1. They says sorry only fall part is counting... There no fan to play with them in classic again, we are have 30 games straight win. But PSPL took couple no name teams to play in premier for no rison( they newer win division) So, guestion: is that possiple to move to RCL? What we need to do? ( sorry for my language)

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