TOCA opened its newest location in Lynnwood, Wash., November 17, 2018. Over 300 soccer-minded people gathered to experience TOCA’s revolutionary indoor soccer training and to meet local pros, Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer and TOCA founder Eddie Lewis.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to demo the new technology, experience indoor soccer training, and meet-and-greet with professional players in Pugent Sound. Sounders midfielders Harry Shipp and Cristian Roldan, Seattle Reign defender Megan Oyster, goalkeeper Michelle Betos and forward Kiersten Dallstream sparked the event as they conversed and signed autographs for the Seattle fans and future soccer stars.
The Lynnwood facility is an expansion from TOCA’s Redmond, Wash., location, which was founded by the Schmetzer family, one of the most well-known soccer families in the area, with a 40-year history of developing college and professional soccer players in the Pacific Northwest.
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer echoed the new training venture his twin brothers Andy and Walt Schmetzer say is a powerful training tool for players at all levels.
“As a native of Seattle, I’m pleased with the success TOCA has had in developing athletes of all ages and their effort to grow the game locally,” Schmetzer said to the crowd at Lynnwood’s opening. “TOCA’s a powerful supplemental tool that drastically improves players of all skill levels through its technology and small-ball philosophy to improve precision and overall playing ability.
“I’m hoping that all of the soccer players in this area take advantage of a really nice facility.”
Lewis, TOCA founder and former 15-year professional, also attended the event where he praised the expansion in the Evergreen State.
“This is an exciting time for TOCA as we expand and reach a deeper soccer audience in the Pacific Northwest,” Lewis said. “The TOCA platform is helping players refine their game. I’m incredibly proud of TOCA’s rapid growth and impact on player’s development in the U.S. and internationally. While the training is challenging, it is also a lot of fun. I hope soccer players of all levels in the Northwest will come in and give TOCA a try.”
Located just north of Seattle, TOCA Lynnwood offers a 6,300-square-foot training space with four training studios designed to foster an engaging, mistake-friendly environment to breed confidence and empower individuals to “Find Their Best” through quality repetitions in game-like situations (approximately 500-700 touches within a 50-minute session).
For parents and siblings, the TOCA Lynnwood center has a comfortable lobby with ample seating, Wi-Fi and big screen TVs to provide a space to finish work or check out the games. In addition to an array of individual and team training programs, you can compete in TOCA 4’s futsal, camps, host birthday parties and other custom or private events.