The Skyline Youth Football Association (SYFA) has a relatively short history, but has grown from a long history of other systems. The Greater Eastside Junior Football Association (GEJFA) was formed in 1963 with the mission of providing an organized little league football program for kids ages 8-14 in Bellevue and Mercer Island.
The GEJFA systems today are aligned with the 3A and 4A Kingco High Schools - which are consistently two of the most competitive leagues in all of Washington High School sports. The GEJFA mission is very simple - Have fun first and worry about winning second! Success has been measured by the number of players in the system, and in turn the number of those players that return to play again.
The Redmond system joined GEJFA in 1977, which at that time has 100 players on 5 teams. Between 1977 and 1992 the Redmond system grew tremendously (to 400 players with 5 sub-systems) and as a result split off the Plateau geographic area which then formed the Eastlake system. In 1998, they split off the southern geographic area of the plateau from the Eastlake organization and formed Skyline Youth Football Association. Today GEJFA consists of 22 different clubs with the addition of 4 new clubs just last year and now fielding over 100 teams
While we want our kids to have fun and maintain the love of the sport, player safety is our number one priority. We are proud to say that all of our coaches are trained and certified in safe tackling practices, concussion awareness and overall health and safety of our players. Our coaches are certified in Heads Up football from USA Football. As of the 2019 season we are excited to announce that all home games will have a professional sports trainer on the sidelines to assist both teams players, if needed. We find this service to be invaluable to players and parents alike.
Check out this Parent Guide from USA Football that goes over everything you need to help your player this season from what equipment to buy to staying hydrated and what to look for if your child has a concussion and much more.
What People are saying about Skyline Youth Football
"My son was a part of Skyline Youth Football for several years and it is an amazing organization that does a wonderful job at allowing these young athletes to grow in their abilities both physically and mentally. We have enjoyed every year that we were a part of SYFA!" ~The Creel Family