1. What is the difference between the Mod and FWFC clubs?
There are two Clubs in Federal Way Soccer, the Federal Way Football Club (FWFC) Soccer Club and Federal Way Mod (FWM) Soccer Club.
- Federal Way Football Club is for all children ages 10-18. FWFC provides a first class select program, “Reign” for the girls and “Storm” for the boys, for the most advanced players and a strong non-select program with training available to bridge the two.
- Federal Way Mod Soccer Club (FWMSC) is for all children ages 5-9 living in the Federal Way School District area, whether they are private or public schools. "Mod" means that the field and number of players are modified from the full sized game played by older kids. For a chart explaining the age progression please see Mod Field Sizes .
2. How do you register players?
Registration for Federal Way Football Club is completed now at www.federalwayfc.com and for Mod is done through the Sign Up page on this website. When to register varies on the season and Club. It is vital that parents monitor our website to stay in tune with club registration information and deadlines. We make every effort to accommodate all interested players; however a “first-come, first-placed” policy is followed for all non-select teams.
If you want your child to play up, you must register him/her at his/her proper age and give the player registration form to your coach. When the coach turns in his/her Team Registration Worksheet all the players listed (including the ones playing up) will be assigned to that team. No player may play down in the FWU Soccer Club.
In the FWM Soccer Club ONLY, a player may play down (age level) if in the opinion of their coach, and an appropriate expert, it would be detrimental to their physical and or/ mental well being to play in their own age group. A written request and verifying documents must be submitted to the FWM Soccer Club Board of Directors and FWSA Board for their approval.
3. How are teams formed?
Select U11-U19 teams are formed though a tryout process in late February, March, and April. Coaches and evaluators will base their selections on player skill and athletic ability demonstrated during tryouts. Players will receive notification of their tryout results after the conclusion of the last tryout session. Players not called for a Select team will be called much later as non-select District teams are formed. FWU Select girl's teams are called "Reign" and the Select boy's teams are called “Storm”. For more information on either the Reign or Storm programs, please contact the Reign or Storm Coordinator listed on the FWFC Club Officers webpage.
Non-select U11-U19 teams are formed by skill level and space availability. For placement of players new to the FWU Soccer Club, please contact the Girl’s or Boy’s Coordinator listed on the FWFC Club Officers webpage.
Mod U6-U10 teams are NOT formed by skill level. Players may be placed on teams using ONLY the following criteria:
- The player’s age and sex.
- The school or neighborhood the player attends/lives.
- Available space on a team
For placement of players new to the FWM Soccer Club, please contact the appropriate Age Group Coordinator listed on the Mod Club Officers webpage.
4. What is the league structure for the teams?
Federal Way Football Club teams are bracketed into three different leagues; Washington State Youth League (WSYL), Player Development League (PDL), and District 3.
- WSYL is a competitive league administered by the Washington State Youth Soccer Association (WSYSA) for age groups Under-13 through Under-19. This league is divided into the following 4 divisions: Division I, Division II, Division III, WSYDL, and the Under-13 Age Group Division. WSYL divisions play teams throughout the state of Washington and start the first weekend after Labor Day and ends before Christmas (14 Game Schedule).
- PDL is a competitive league administrated by Coaching Directors for age groups Under-11 and above who seek to play "like vs. like" teams in competitive leagues among clubs that consistently demonstrate the ability to develop Premier League teams and a commitment to appropriate developmental philosophies for youth. Utilizing shorter league seasons and fewer summer tournaments, quality of instruction is emphasized over quantity (which leads to player burnout).
- District 3 is both a competitive and recreational league for teams whose skill level is below WSYL and PDL. FWU teams will play other teams in the District 3 area which includes Auburn, Greater Renton, Highline, Kent, Maple Valley, Mt. Rainier, Narrows, and Tacoma-Pierce County soccer clubs.
Competitive divisions start the first weekend after Labor Day and ends before Christmas (14 Game Schedule).
FWM Soccer Club teams play each other at local Federal Way elementary schools. During the fall season U7-U10 teams will play from the first weekend after Labor Day and ends the second weekend in November. U6 teams start the 3rd weekend after Labor Day and end the second weekend in November. There are no published standings and game scores will not be recorded. Fall games are played on Saturdays and spring league games are played on Sundays.
Typical levels of competition in order of strength:
Recreational divisions start the second weekend after Labor Day and ends around Thanksgiving (around 10 game season).
Gold - Titanium, Platinum, Emerald, and Klondike
Silver - Diamond, Sapphire, and Ruby
Typical Playing Days
Saturdays - BU11 through BU13 and GU11 through GU14
Sundays - BU14 through BU19 and GU15 through GU19
Typical levels of competition in order of strength: Recreational - Bronze, Copper and Tin.
Playing Days: All recreational teams will play on Saturday
If there are not enough teams to form a Recreational Division, the teams will be moved up to the lowest Silver division.
5. How does a player get a uniform and what equipment is required?
Federal Way Football Club teams must purchase their uniforms. All FWFC teams must purchase their uniforms from a Club sponsored supplier. All players must have a jersey, shorts, soccer socks,shin guards, and soccer cleats to play soccer. For more information about uniforms, please visit www.federalwayfc.com
FWM Soccer Club teams may use the Club purchased uniforms (and equipment) or they may purchase their own uniforms from a supplier of their choosing. Uniform colors must be any combination of red, blue, white, and black. All players must have a jersey, shorts, soccer socks, and shin guards to play soccer.
6. What will it cost me?
Each team may have different costs depending on such things as:
- Player registration fees
- Uniform/training suit costs
- Team equipment
- Number of tournaments entered
- Trainer fees
Player registration information for FWFC can be found here. MOD fees are listed on the Sign Up page on this website.
7. What do I do if I have a problem with a Coach?
Federal Way Football Club: For Select teams the Reign or Storm Coordinator should be your first call and then the Coaching Director. For non-select teams the Boy's orGirl's Coordinator should be your first call and then the Director of Competition. Contacts are here.
FWM Soccer Club: The Age Group Coordinator should be your first call and then the 2nd VP of Administration or the President.
Ethics Violation: If you have an Ethics Violation, you can file a complaint. Send a note to the 2nd VP of Administration and he/she will direct you to the correct person for filing the complaint. You will have to sign the complaint. The 2nd VP of Administration will help you if you have any questions about the proper procedure, and can assist in getting the report handled quickly.
8. What are the State Cup Tournaments?
The Championship Cup is a highest competitive state tournament whose participants are primarily RCL U12–U19 teams. These teams compete for the right to represent Washington State at the Far West Region IV Tournament. Depending on age and gender the cups are around 6 weeks long and played between January and May.
The Challenge Cup is the second most competitive state tournament whose participants are primarily U11-U19 RCL, Washington State League, and high level select teams. Depending on age and gender the cups are around 6 weeks long and played between January and May.
The Founders Cup is the third most competitive tournament played in January to March whose participants are primarily District (select) teams.
The Recreation Cup, formerly known as the American Cup, is our State Cup Tournament for "Recreational Teams" ages U-11 and above. US Youth Soccer defines "Recreational" by stating: "the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any like process to roster a player selectively to any team on the basis of talent or ability is prohibited." The President's Cup is played in November with finals in early December.
9. What are the Club’s Tournaments?
Blast Off Soccer Tournament is the FWU Soccer Club's major fund raiser held the first two weekends in August. Each FWU team is required to participate as volunteers for this tournament whether the team plays in the tournament or not. A team may pay the club $1000.00 instead of providing volunteers. This fee is due upon registration of the team. Any team that does not fulfill the total hours needed for the task will be billed at a prorated rate for the unsupported hours. Sign up sheets and task descriptions will be available on the Blast Off Tournament webpage.
The Tracy Whitney Jamboree is the FWM Soccer Club’s annual event held the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. Volunteers are needed to help with field preparation, registration, and field marshals. More information can be found on the Tracy Whitney Jamoboree webpage.