Seattle,Washington now hosts the World’s Largest Goalkeeper Academy and offer what no premier soccer club offers, an international perspective on soccer, quality equipment at an affordable price, world travel through the sport they love, an opportunity to train for FREE and much much more.
Coach Stephen Swanger is the Just 4 Keepers Washington State Director. He has played in college at UNC Pembroke, professionally in Chile and Bolivia, and while serving in the US Army made the National Selection All-Army Team. He speaks fluent Spanish, and also can communicate effectively in Russian and French, and with his Master Degree in Education his session plans carry though and planning and more than anything pedagogy.
He chose to start a J4K Washington Goalkeeping Academy because he feels that the ethics of J4K fall in line with the 4 tenets upon which Coach Swanger works; International Exchange, Working towards one’s highest Academic Self and Athletic Self, and Community Service. With this ethos the J4K Washington Goalkeeper Academy encourages high expectations and passionate work on and off the field of play.
Washington Soccer has great potential to produce great goalkeepers. However, the historic quality of goalkeepers being produced that can successfully play internationally has declined. J4K offers goalkeepers the opportunity to be connected to professional goalkeeping coaches across 5 continents. Moreover, what Stephen Swanger is offering is the soccer trend around the world, An Independent Goalkeeper Academy that maintains itself separate from the premier soccer clubs to create greater dialogue for talent discovery and successful pathways for success for every player that joins.
J4K Washington currently hosts two weekly goalkeeper academies.
Tukwila, at Starfire Sports –
5:00pm ages 7 – 12
6:30pm ages 13- 18
Tacama, at Wainwright Elementary School
5:30pm ages 7-12