About Us

The Westlake Soccer Association was formed in 1979 to introduce and promote soccer to the community of Westlake. Over the past 40 years, WSA has grown into the largest athletic program in the city.

The WSA is a Non-Profit charity with 501c.3 status and is a member of U.S. Youth Soccer, U.S. Club Soccer and Ohio Youth Soccer Association North. The WSA operates programs to teach soccer to youth players from 3 years old up to 14 years old.

Each Memorial Day Weekend, the WSA hosts the Westlake Invitational Soccer Tournament, also known as the WIST, which is one of the largest soccer tournaments in Northern Ohio.

The WSA offers programs to fit all players, levels and interests.

Mission Statement

Establish a culture where soccer players can develop as people and athletes.

Provide a safe, sportsmanlike atmosphere for healthy competition.

Create an environment where a player’s self-esteem, confidence and ability are developed to their fullest potential.

Vision Statement

To assist and teach our entire community of players the game of recreational and competitive soccer by developing tactical and technical skills and important life lessons that will provide them a foundation to reach their highest goals later in life, whether athletic or personal. All players are important members of their teams and our soccer community and are treated with respect, thoughtfulness, and esteem. Both the needs of the individual and the team are stressed with equal importance as practices and games are conducted with thought, preparation and a long-term outlook first in mind. Healthy competition is supported and fostered as a necessary means for our young athletes to learn these valuable lessons.

Our Programs

WSA Micro and Pre-K Rec Programs offer a fun introduction to soccer and are made up of two groups based on age. Micro Players are 3 years old. The Pre-K group is for players who are 4 or 5 years old. Adjustments are made based on size and ability when needed.

WSA’s Recreational Program is designed for Kindergarten to 5th grade players, focusing on individual development within a structured weekly game. Our primary goal is facilitating a learning experience while encouraging players to challenge themselves during each game. Age group training is conducted in a group setting under the guidance of our Technical Director, and occasional player movement may occur to maintain balance and foster competitive situations within the games.

WSA’s U8 Academy starts to introduce advanced soccer skills and is a lead into our travel program for age-appropriate players in the 1st & 2nd grades. The U8 Academy is an optional program that runs concurrently to travel activities and all players must be registered to participate. The program starts after the fall season and runs during the winter with indoor training and then moves outdoors in the spring with additional training opportunities each week.

WSA’s Travel Program is a competitive program to further the development of players looking to challenge themselves with additional training and the opportunity to play in a competitive league. Tryouts are held in May each year to form teams in age groups for U9-U14. The number of teams per age group is based on the number of players available and coaching availability. Our goal is to try and place all players, but cuts are sometimes necessary.

WSA’s Futsal Program offers two 8-week sessions at the Westlake Recreation Center, designed to enhance players’ skills and decision-making through the fun and fast-paced game of futsal. Open to players ages 3 to 14, sessions are organized by age and ability. Futsal, recognized by FIFA and UEFA, focuses on technical skills and quick thinking. Professional coaches lead the sessions; players need shin guards, soccer socks, and athletic shoes. Volunteers are welcome, and players can join one or both sessions with flexibility for occasional absences.