MIFC and Bellevue United FC - XL Premier
Mercer Island and Bellevue FC have teamed up to form a joint-club and year-round program for our players who are looking to continue to stay local, keep soccer within their budget and challenge themselves to play at the highest level.
We have heard from you - families and players who have been asking for this environment, seen outside clubs enter our communities offering this, and want the mutual loyalty to their clubs and personal soccer growth to continue with MIFC and Bellevue FC.
MIFC & BUFC neXt Level XL – What Is It?
Boys and girls in the U14 - U10 age groups will be entering into this upcoming soccer season and tryouts with an opportunity to join the joint venture program to offer premier level soccer. This is a new opportunity for players who want to play in a more year-round system with a higher degree of focus on player development and commitment to their teams/player growth.
Select soccer teams will still be formed in the same format they have been for over 40 years. Whether you are a MIFC or Bellevue FC player, you will be participating in tryouts for your age group. Teams will be selected at the end of the tryouts (as usual).
Tryouts and Registration
Like years past, MIFC and Bellevue FC will be putting on tryouts for age groups together. During this time, select teams by location will be formed. For those who have selected a check mark in their registration process, will be jointly trying out for the Premier program team.
If a player is not selected on the Premier team, they will still have the opportunity to play for their club’s select team.
Discovery sessions and pre-tryout workouts will be offered to all players in the U14-U10 age groups to both prepare for tryouts and begin the higher-level communication about these clubs and their programs. These will be held in early May.
Practices and yearly calendars will be built after teams have been selected. A team meeting will take place with the coach to facilitate the function, location and logistics of each particular team’s needs based on majority of players locations, coach availability and club’s field allocations.
League and Post Season
Each team that enters the PREMIER program will adhere to the expectations and commitment levels of a Premier program.
- Commitment to May – April soccer
- Expectation that players will attend all scheduled practices and games
- May – August: Practices 2-3x per week and tournaments throughout the summer
- August - November: League play in either WPL or US Club top division league*
- December: Break
- January – April: State tournaments* (state tournaments run Jan/Feb and Mar/Apr)
*League and tournament play will be dependent on the best fit and most competitive environment for each team.
This program provides the highest level of coaching, highest level of commitment from both club and player/family and highest level of soccer culture. We have built this program as families have shown a desire to train locally and pay a reasonable price for high level soccer. However, it was also built to build a better community of soccer culture for the Mercer Island and Bellevue area.
We have an outstanding track record of producing some amazing athletes out of Bellevue and Mercer Island and this is a joint effort to our communities to say... We are here for you! We want to help you reach the highest level of athletic achievement you can.