Welcome to the home of WAZA FC Ithaca.
“Waza” is Japanese word that means technique. Started in Michigan in 1993, WAZA FC combines fitness training, tactical and skills development, the power of positive thinking, and knowledge of the game, to develop young players who can compete at the highest levels.
The WAZA philosophy is based on the concept of inclusion, support, opportunity and perseverance. WAZA players are expected to exude a willingness to accept challenges presented in attaining individual and team success. While the WAZA player develops their soccer experiences on the field, moments of personal growth are revealed through intense training and appropriate levels of competition. Self-confidence, resiliency, grit, self-discipline and commitment are developed in each of our players through their daily training and game experiences. This pushes players to grow not only on the field, but in their daily lives.
To be the Premier Club in Ithaca, the Finger Lakes Region and Central New York. To provide a place to play for as many players as possible regardless of economic or social status, gender or race. To include community outreach as part of our daily ledger. To have teams and individuals who compete and succeed at the local, regional and national levels of play. We offer each and every player a competitive individual growth program that is grounded by team play.
To create a fun and enjoyable environment where soccer players of all ages and abilities will experience intentional guidance through the technical, tactical, physical, psychological aspects of the game in order to further continue the integration of the player into the greater soccer community. To empower youth, create people who have strong values, are problem solvers and who realize their potential. To provide a pathway to college recruitment and coaching as a career.