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Bainbrige Island FC select and recreational soccer club
Bainbrige Island FC select and recreational soccer club
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Bainbridge Island FC continues to explore avenues for the best competitive soccer playing opportunities for our players.  We always evaluate league placement to challenge our players and to add variety to the experience.  At the same time, we remain cognizant of the time, travel and costs of the program as a whole.  

Our younger teams will play in North Puget Sound League (NPSL) while with our high-school age teams we will consider  Washington Premier league (WPL), as described below.  We feel strongly that there should be opportunities for our competitive players to play on a team, and for us to be able to provide the appropriate playing experience for our players all the way up to the elite level.

 

The Playing Pathway

 

The playing pathway for our teams is not easy, some avenues that should be open are not, and therefore we have to best navigate that to meet the needs of our Bainbridge Island FC competitive select teams.

 

Foundation Phase - Under 10-11 ages 

Discovery Phase - Under 12-13 ages  

Competitive Phase - Under 14-15 ages 

Elite Phase - Under 16+ ages 

Select Soccer at BIFC

Bainbridge Island FC (BIFC) is extremely proud of its Select Soccer Program.  The success of BIFC's teams can be directly contributed to the long-term, progressive development of the individual players on our teams. From the beginning, BIFC players are trained with their long-term development in mind rather than immediate team success. BIFC coaches are committed to this philosophy and our club utilizes a professional coaching staff to ensure that players get the maximum amount of learning and development

Everything we do is about building people, building kids. We believe that good values lead to good people, and good people can do great things. The way we do that is through soccer, we provide opportunities for players to play the beautiful game, because the beautiful game is fun to play. Our players are trained with their long-term development in mind rather than immediate team success, but we find success following this path. Come play on our team.

Not only do BIFC select team players perform well in the realm of club soccer, BIFC training is proven preparation for high school soccer. The strength of a high school program usually reflects the number of club players on the team and the level at which those players compete during their club season.

Bainbridge Island FC  - Age Development Objectives

Play Ups

Children will be allowed to try out for older age groups, please notify Technical Director - Phil Avison if you intend to try out for an older age group. Players trying out for an older age group must try out for their age group. We do have a set criteria for players being allowed to play up, each player's position will be individually reviewed by the BIFC Director of Coaching and coaching staff.

HS Age Groups

BIFC teams within the older age groups will be formed in a similar manner to how HS teams are formed across the state of Washington and the US. With Varsity, JV, and JVC groups representing the club.

Select Level Commitment

At BIFC, select teams train 2 times each week for 1.5 hours each session. In addition, goal keepers are required to attend goalkeeper training weekly. Scrimmages, practice games, and tournaments are an integral part of the commitment. Scrimmages or practice games may be scheduled during the week in addition to regular training or on the weekends. Teams enter 3 tournaments each summer which will require weekend travel in the Puget Sound area, and possibly beyond.

Beyond the added training, match, and tournament requirements, select-level players are truly challenged to perform at a higher level both technically and tactically, individually and as a team. More is expected of each player and each team in commitment, effort, desire, and development results.

Where Do Our Select Teams Play?

Bainbridge Island FC continues to explore avenues for the best competitive soccer playing opportunities for our players.  We always evaluate league placement to challenge our players and to add variety to the experience.  At the same time, we remain cognizant of the time, travel and costs of the program as a whole.  

Our younger teams will play in North Puget Sound League (NPSL) while with our high-school age teams we will consider  Washington Premier league (WPL), as described below.  We feel strongly that there should be opportunities for our competitive players to play on a team, and for us to be able to provide the appropriate playing experience for our players all the way up to the elite level.

 

The Playing Pathway

 

The playing pathway for our teams is not easy, some avenues that should be open are not, and therefore we have to best navigate that to meet the needs of our Bainbridge Island FC competitive select teams.

 

Foundation Phase - Under 10-11 ages 

Discovery Phase - Under 12-13 ages  

Competitive Phase - Under 14-15 ages 

Elite Phase - Under 16+ ages 

Peninsula League (NPSL)

For the Foundation Phase U10 age group, we try to minimize travel and in 2023 we created the Peninsula League which allows the majority of our U10 age group players
to play all their games on the Olympic Peninsula.

North Puget Sound League (NPSL) 

At the Foundation and Discovery Phases, we believe that playing in the local North Puget Sound League provides excellent levels of competition that ensure our players are challenged and develop as individuals & teams.
 

Placement in these leagues provides opponents in the Greater Seattle area and ensures we minimize travel whilst ensuring we find appropriate levels of competition.  NPSL1 is the highest level in these leagues.

Washington Premier League (WPL)

At the competitive and elite phases, we evaluate if the Washington Premier League (WPL) might be a good fit - we consider the level of competition, travel, cost, and the calendar.  From our experience in 2022, we did not find the WPL to be a good fit.  However, we will continue to evaluate that each year as we aspire to find the most suitable

and developmentally appropriate fit for our players.

SELECT SOCCER

Select Soccer 2024/2025 Season

Our Boys & Girls tryouts (all ages) have been concluded.  If you are looking for a place

to play please email our Tryout Lead, Phil Avison to discuss possible opportunities with Bainbridge Island FC

2024-2025 Season Schedule:​​​

  • July 12-15: X-Fire Premier Challenge - Boys 2006 Blue, 2008 Blue, 2009 Blue & Girls 2007 Blue

  • July 26-28: Crossfire Select Cup - All DA & Select Teams, except teams attending X-Fire Challenge

  • Aug 9-11: Girls 2006 - 2010  Cascadia Coastal Cup, Warrenton & Seaside, Oregon

  • Aug 23-25: Island Cup - Boys & Girls (2011 - 2016)

  • Aug 31-Sept 2: Boys 2006 - 2010 Tournament, Richmond, BC, Canada

  • Sept 7 - Fall Season 2024 Begins, all teams except Girls 2006 - 2010.

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