San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization
The Vikings Soccer Club has always been on the leading edge of soccer innovation in America. The Vikings began in the Fall of 1922. At that time, the club consisted of only senior players. They were charter members of all the state and local soccer organizations (California Soccer Association North, San Francisco Soccer Football League (senior group) and the California Youth Soccer Association. Today, the Vikings Soccer Club is like very few in the nation, because it provides soccer at all levels. Beginning at Under 6 and continuing through Youth, Senior and Stumblers (those old guys can really play), boys and girls, men and women alike can belong to a soccer club steeped in history, but always progressive.
As we begin to look over the 76 years of Vikings History, more space is needed than can be presented here. So an overview is in order. The Vikings Soccer Club began in the Fall of 1922. At that time, the club consisted of only senior players. They were charter members of all the state and local soccer organizations (California Soccer Association North, San Francisco Soccer Football League (senior group) and the California Youth Soccer Association.
The Vikings have always been on the leading edge of soccer innovation in America.
The Vikings were the first to develop a youth program in 1939 under the leadership of the late Derk Zylker, Sr. Unfortunately, World War II intruded and the program did not get under way again until 1952. One of the main figures in the rebirth of youth soccer in SF was the late Marty Krumm who had played on the USA Olympic Soccer team in 1952.
Another figure, who is still with us is "Godfather" Ernie Feibusch. He and his brother not only played for the Vikings, but have stayed tried and true to the Club for more years than anyone knows (a long time). Mr Feibusch continues to provide SF with referee and coaching courses and plays on Sundays with the Stumblers (a program where everyone, young and old, can play). He also coaches the U-19 level.
The Vikings also were the first Club to foster the Under 8 and Under 10 year old program in 1974. After a brief pilot program, the rest of Northern California followed suit and now those two divisions make up the greater part of the Vikings and other clubs programs. The Club also piloted the Under 6 program a few years back with Ms. Terri Middleton as the guiding "Angel".
Another progressive step by the Vikings in the Youth Program was creating smaller fields with fewer players per team for U-8 and U-10. This has allowed the players more time on the ball, which translates to more fun and skill achievement.
During the last decade, due to the diligence and persistence of Diane Bates and others, the Vikings girl's division is the fastest growing. The in-house division has many girls teams participating and Vikings girls are becoming well known on the tournament trail and in the Olympic Development Program (State Teams).
The Vikings Club players have played on the US Olympic Teams, the Pan American teams, the US National teams, and professional teams. In addition, the Vikings have placed more players and coaches on junior and senior associated teams, high schools and universities than any other northern California soccer club.
In the last few years, the Vikings re-established the Traveling Teams Program and those teams (boys and girls) are quickly becoming the best in the state. Beginning at U-10 and continuing through U-19, these teams are consistently winning leagues and tournaments, and are ranked in the top seeding for State and Association Cups.
The Vikings Soccer Club is like very few in the nation. The reason is it provides soccer at all levels. Beginning at Under 6 and continuing through youth, senior and Stumblers (those old guys can really play), boys and girls, men and women can belong to a soccer club steeped in history, but always progressive.
Even though the Vikings Club has basked in glory over the years, its real history comes from the parents and others interested in our youth. These people are the real backbone of the Club. They have willingly donated time as coaches, managers, team parents, referees, board members and flag wavers. The are genuinely interested in supporting the advancement of this truly wonderful sport SOCCER and what it provides for all of us.
|President and ExecutiveDirector||Elizabeth Rappolt|
|Chief Financial Officer and Director||Jeff Wishner|
|Secretary and Director||Clay Leighton|
|Director of Coaching||Jeff Wilson|
|VP Microsoccer||Elizabeth Rappolt|
|VP Summer Camp||Toby Rappolt|
|VP U15-U18 Recreational League||Keith Engelbrecht|