PORT ORCHARD, WA—Port Orchard Football Club (POFC) is launching in 2023 and longtime PO resident and soccer enthusiast David Falk is volunteering as the Club Coordinator. You can reach David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Falk moved to Port Orchard with his family way back in 1980, fresh out of graduating from Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle that same year. He managed the old Dairy Queen in downtown PO before heading off to Concordia College in Portland Oregon to earn his BA in Education. He taught at Seattle Lutheran High School in West Seattle for four years before returning to Port Orchard in 1998. Since then he has been an advisor at Olympic College and now takes jobs as a substitute teacher at South Kitsap High School.
All the while, Falk’s love for soccer and community have kept him close to the game. He held Sounders season tickets in all three of their eras (NASL, USL, MLS) and created the local soccer news outlet GoalWA. He still runs its Facebook page today. He was also an early Kitsap Pumas season ticket holder.
He was a founding member of the Emerald City Supporters and led the Seattle efforts in starting the Cascadia Cup. Falk has served as the media director for numerous regional adult soccer leagues.
“Soccer has developed into a part of my life,” David says. “It’s sort of like my connection to Port Orchard. You just go along enjoying what you are doing, and the years add up.”
When the chance came to coordinate a possible Cascadia Premier League (CPL) men’s team in his home town, Falk was excited but cautious. “I know the time and effort it takes. I learned first-hand from helping establish the Snohomish County Football Club Steelheads that to do it right, it’s a daily volunteer job for the leaders.”
Why POFC? Why 2023? “People in the community are getting involved early and giving it life” Falk is quoted as saying in a GoalWA feature story. Port Orchard FC has announced Head Coach Patrick Leonard and General Manager Sam Ironside. More eager volunteers will be announced soon.
In a recent Kitsap Sun article on the launching of POFC Falk says, “We’re (all) surprised at how quickly this has fallen into place. But you know, there’s a player base, a league that wanted us, a coach that was ready and I had already been planning the soccer team before.” Falk did plenty of legwork before Covid-19 struck to plan out a possible team for Kitsap that might have played in Silverdale or Bremerton. In the end it is coming together right in his home town.
Falk is encouraged by the response of the Kitsap soccer community so far. “It has really just been a matter of days,” he notes, “and already we have an interested player pool, a growing number of social followers, dedicated leadership, and a feature article on the front page of the Kitsap Sun sports section. The signs are positive.”
POFC sold well over 300 Founders Circle Memberships February 1-23, 2023. They recently announced a cap of 500 for overall season ticket sales the first year.
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