Jason Farrell

Jason Farrell

Having Jason Farrell in this leadership position underscores the club’s commitment to top-level coaching, progressive player development and a club infrastructure worthy of its position as the unified select soccer club for the 13,000 player SYSA. Farrell came to Seattle United after leading Washington Rush (formerly Pacific Premier) Soccer Club in this same position from 2008-2009.

Seattle Sounders FC Assistant Coach Brian Schmetzer was a teammate of Jason Farrell on the 1994 A-League Seattle Sounders, coached Jason as a professional player for the USL Sounders, and Jason later joined the USL Sounders staff as an assistant coach. “Jason is a local guy who knows select soccer and has a great track record as a player and a coach,” declared Schmetzer. “We coached together on the youth level as well as on the Sounders, and he has all of the qualities to become a club leader. He has enough experience to put together a first-class soccer organization and is a great choice for Seattle United.”

“I’m extremely excited about the incredible potential Seattle has for high-level youth soccer – we have the opportunity to enhance the soccer and life experience for hundreds, if not thousands, of kids,” said Farrell. “The foundation and infrastructure that has already been put in place with Seattle United really enables me and the other members of our soccer leadership to create a strong foundation for the development of Seattle’s youth soccer players.”

Farrell logged a stellar playing career as a standout youth and collegiate player and had a long career at the professional level. Now, Farrell has emerged as one of the state’s next generation of youth soccer leaders. Farrell holds a National Soccer Coaches Assn of America (NSCAA) Director of Coaching Diploma and a US Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” Coaching License.

Farrell came to Seattle United from his role as Technical Director for the Washington Rush Soccer Club (formerly Pacific Premier Football Club) which he held for two years. During his tenure, Farrell spearheaded the drive to establish a partnership between Pacific Premier FC and Rush Soccer which is a youth soccer organization of over 35,000 players nationwide. In his club role, Farrell was involved in all aspects of club operations and program design and implementation. Farrell accepted the role with Pacific Premier after seven years with the Emerald City Football Club (ECFC). Beyond his various coaching capacities with the club, Farrell also served two years on the ECFC Board of Directors and also served as Interim Coaching Director during the transition to the current ECFC Coaching Director. Farrell is a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Advisory Board.

As a player, Farrell is a success story of the Seattle youth soccer system. He graduated from Shorecrest High School. Farrell then attended both the University of Washington and Seattle-Pacific University (SPU). During his time with SPU, he was a member of teams that made it to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals and Semifinals. Farrell was twice named as SPU Student Athlete of the Year. He was named to the Seattle Times’ All-Century Team.

After his collegiate play, Farrell had an extensive 11-year professional playing career. He spent four seasons in Major League Soccer (MLS), two in the American Professional Soccer League, one in the A-League, three in the National Professional Soccer League and four in the United Soccer League (USL) First Division. He helped lead teams to three national championships and to multiple runner-up league finishes. Farrell was drafted in the second round of the 1997 MLS supplemental draft by the Columbus Crew and played for the team from 1997 to 2000 during which time the team was three times the Eastern Conference Finalist. He has also played games with the US National B Team and the US Olympic Team.

Farrell has also demonstrated success as a youth soccer coach. Since 2000, Farrell has coached youth soccer teams to 2 WA State Quarterfinals, 1 WA State Semifinals, 1 WA State Finals, 3 Washington State Championships, and 1 Far West Regional Championship. He has had great success coaching teams in regional and national tournaments and has had many players go on to play soccer in college. Farrell also coached for the Seattle Sounders (USL 1st Division, Asst. Coach, 2006) and at Seattle University.