Leagues & Affiliations
Spokane Soccer Club Shadow is a Premier, Select and Developmental soccer club.
SSC Shadow is a part of Washington Youth Soccer, and our premier teams play in Washington Youth Soccer’s Regional Club League (RCL) as well as the Washington Youth Soccer State Cup Tournaments, including the Washington State Championships, at the end of each season. Washington Youth Soccer competes in Region IV of US Youth Soccer, and is affiliated with the US Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States, and FIFA, the worldwide governing body. SSC Shadow teams also qualify to play at the highest levels in youth soccer, including in US Youth Soccer’s Northwest Conference League.
Elite Club National League (ECNL)
Our boy’s teams U13 – U19 play in the Elite Club National League (ECNL). The ECNL was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the Boys ECNL will advance to the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs.
Girls Academy League (GAL)
The Girls Academy (GA) is the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States. The GA is the only national youth soccer platform that represents the collective vision of member clubs and actively engages the voice of the players to take real ownership in the GA. This collaborative philosophy creates a culture guided by a shared set of core values, which produces an unparrallelled experience uniquely designed in the best interest of the players. The GA embraces the desire of club members and GA players alike to maintain an unrivaled standard of excellence in coach, competition, and regional and national showcase events throughout the year. Lastly, the GA is committed to cultivating an environment that empowers each player to reach their best potential as an exceptional athlete and human being by celebrating the player's journey with a lifelong love of the game through competition, showcases and camaraderie.
Regional Club League (RCL)
SSC Shadow U13-U18 Premier teams play in the Regional Club League (RCL) of Washington Youth Soccer (WYS), which is comprised of the WYS-sanctioned clubs in the state, and provides competitive opportunities at the highest levels for both boys and girls in age groups U10–U18. The RCL is the "difference maker" in competitive levels available to premier soccer players in our state and our community. The league is comprised of the 19 top-ranked youth soccer clubs in Washington. In the greater Spokane area, SSC Shadow is the ONLY member of the RCL!
Northwest Conference League
The Northwest Conference League was created by the State Associations, who are members of USYS Region IV in 2006 to provide the highest standard of competitive play for youth teams in US Youth Soccer Region IV and assure the continued growth and development of elite level players. Affiliation with USYS and State Association membership in USYS Region IV is a requirement for participation in the league. Region IV consists of the following state associations: Alaska, Arizona, California North, California South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL)
The SSC Shadow U11 & U12 teams as well as Elite and United Select play in the PSPL which is affiliated with US Club Soccer. Our teams play in a local league which includes teams from the Spokane and Eastern Washington area as well as Northern Idaho.
Memberships, Partnerships and Affiliations
Washington Youth Soccer
SSC Shadow is a member of Washington Youth Soccer, the governing body of soccer in our state, whose mission it is to foster youth through soccer at all levels of age and competition in Washington. Washington Youth Soccer cooperates with the Seattle Sounders in its Elite Player Development (EPD) Program, created to identify and train young athletes in conjunction with US Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program. SSC Shadow teams play in the Regional Club League (RCL), the highest level of competition offered through WYS. WYS also administers four state-wide tournaments to provide teams at all levels the opportunity to compete in post-league play, including the Washington State Championships, in which SSC Shadow teams compete for an opportunity to represent their state in Far West Regional and National Championships.
US Youth Soccer
US Youth Soccer is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of US Soccer. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member state associations. The US Youth Soccer membership is divided into four regions; Washington Youth Soccer is part of the West (Region IV) which encompasses Alaska, Arizona, California-North, California-South, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
US Club Soccer
US Club Soccer is a national association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation. US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Soccer Federation
The US Soccer Federation, founded in 1913, is one of the world’s first organizations to be affiliated with FIFA. As the governing body of soccer in the United States (recreational, amateur and professional), US Soccer has continued to develop the sport at all levels, and found success in making soccer a preeminent sport in the United States.
Since 1904, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has been the worldwide governing body of soccer. With 208 member associations across the globe, FIFA provides both elite competition (World Cup) and guidance to all levels of soccer being played in order to share its mission: “Develop the game; touch the world; build a better future.”