Gala FC Coaches Omar Alvarez, left, and Chris Brown, right, pose with the U13 team that took first place at the 2019 Starfire Cup.


Gala FC is one of the best soccer clubs in the area and they are currently opening their practices for tryouts at several local fields.

The club’s 2019-2020 training schedule has been released and includes local fields in Marysville, Everett and Bothell. The closest facility will be on Mondays at the Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex and takes place from 7:30-9 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesdays  it will be at Tambark Creek Park, 7:15-8:45 p.m., and Kasch Park, 7-8:30 p.m., respectively. Gala FC covers a huge range of ages as they have teams from U10 up to U19.

“It’s important for us to train in an academy style so that everyone knows each other. A lot of people told me when we started that this would not work, but that’s how they do it in Europe and that’s how I was trained. We’ve been doing it for a long time now and we have the results,” said Founder and Technical Director Daghan Kesim.

There are a lot of things that separate Gala FC from other clubs in the area, but their academy style training and individual player development put them above the rest. In most clubs all the teams are separated in practice and many of the players do not get the chance to interact. By combining the practices, the club can create a bond from top to bottom. In terms of focusing on the individual, many clubs work on a strict team focus, but Gala FC makes sure that each player gets what they need to be successful in multiple systems.

The club’s success has been proven as they have won multiple championships throughout their divisions. As for individual success, Gala FC has helped many players move on to the next level with 63 college scholarships, over 30 semi-pro athletes and three professionals.

“It’s more than just the sport as we teach them manners, punctuality and to always respect their coaches and teammates. It’s all about creating a family and building that trust throughout the entire club. I’m not here to take money and tell them what they want to hear. If we don’t see improvement year-to-year then we have failed you,” said Coach Kesim.

Coach Kesim has a long history with the sport, as he played professionally in Europe before his career was cut short due to injury. Since he came to the U.S., Kesim has spent over 20 years coaching and has been successful at every level with high school, college and semi-professional teams. He holds multiple roles at Gala FC including Founder, Technical Director, Head Trainer and the Head Coach for the Boys U17, U18 and U19 squads. If you want more information about Gala FC you can check out their website at, email or call at 425-346-0469. 


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