PUYALLUP, WA, February 19, 2010 - WPFC has been providing the highest level of development training for the past 27 years, and is honored to continue to provide a positive soccer experience, development and opportunities to the striving young soccer athletes of Washington in the US Soccer Development Academy.
“WPFC has been preparing the elite soccer athlete for the next level of soccer opportunities for the last 20 years," says Jeff Woodworth, President of WPFC. Woodworth adds “Our athletes, both girls and boys, have gone on to represent the top colleges in America including Notre Dame, UCLA, North Carolina and Santa Clara. We are very proud to promote that not only have we placed players at the highest level but we are proud to promote a college education and community responsibility.”
WPFC will place a 1994, 1993, and 1992 pool of players from within the current Club program to compete in the newly-formed Elite Clubs National League. WPFC will continue to provide the best coaching, training, facilities and opportunities to all players in the program.
“Not too much changes for us,” say Reece Olney, Director of Development. “Our club has continued to offer the highest level of coaches, facilities and development model. Our history of developing the top athletes is why we were invited into this elite program. Our Academy coaching staff is currently being contructed.
In the last 10 years, WPFC has won three Nationals Championships, placed more players in college than any other program in the region, had the number one Major League Soccer draft pick in Nik Besagno, the A League player of the year in Joe Gjertsen and developed current US Soccer U-17 National Team player, Dan Wenzel.
WPFC will continue to provide the same opportunities for our male and female athletes. “The youth soccer landscape is always changing,” says Greg Ion, Administrative Director. Ion adds, “Youth soccer has changed from mother and father coaches, community-based teams and minimal costs to play. Over the past 7 years, soccer is now a sport that can provide a substantial support to athletes and families. College education, National team experience and professional opportunities are all possibilities to the girls and boys in our program. WPFC has always been committed to help all families afford to participate in our elite-level program. We have always had a scholarship program for those families who need financial assistance. Our commitment is to find the dollars to support our families.”
Jeff Woodworth continues, “Nothing changes in our mission: providing the best soccer opportunities to the striving athlete, which includes working hard to find financial solutions to the rising costs.”
In 2009 WPFC added a turf facility to our 11-field, 25-acre training center. The turf facility helps us continue to build revenues to offset the costs of the program. “Sponsorships, field rentals, and events were all in our long-term plans to help our athletes and the timing couldn’t be better. The turf facility provides stability to our members and a place to generate outside revenues. The lighted facility also are a great place to showcase our senior girls and boys as well as host community events," adds Woodworth.
WPFC will compete ECNL clubs include some of the most accomplished girls youth clubs in the United States: Albertson Fury, New York; Arsenal FC, California; Atlanta Fire, Georgia; Bethesda SC, Maryland; Birmingham United, Alabama; CASL, North Carolina; CESA Premier, South Carolina; Challenge SC, Texas; Charlotte Soccer Academy, North Carolina; Colorado Rush, Colorado; Concorde Fire, Georgia; Connecticut FC, Connecticut; Crossfire Premier, Washington; Dallas Sting, Texas; D’Feeters, Texas; Eclipse Select, Illinois; FC Dallas, Texas; FC DELCO, Pennsylvania; FC Milwaukee, Wisconsin; FC Stars of Mass, Massachusetts; FC Virginia, Virginia; Freestate Soccer Alliance, Maryland; FSA SoccerPlus, Connecticut; Irvine Strikers, California; Lonestar SC, Texas; Minnesota Thunder, Minnesota; Mustang SC, California; Neusport FC, Nevada; Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, Ohio; Ohio Premier, Ohio; PDA, New Jersey; Pleasanton Rage, California; Real Colorado, Colorado; San Juan SC, California; SC Del Sol, Arizona; Sereno SC, Arizona; Solar, Texas; St. Louis Scott Gallagher, Missouri; Virginia Rush, Virginia; West Coast FC, California.