Indianapolis, IN – June 8, 2010 - Indiana Soccer announced today that the Indiana Champions League (ICL) has been sanctioned as an allied member of Indiana Soccer and US Youth Soccer.
Beginning fall 2010, the Indiana Champions League will offer Indiana Soccer sanctioned league play for boys and girls teams U9-U12 (players U8-U12)with a club-pass based format. The league will feature an 8-game schedule with all games played at a single, pre-determined site and time on Saturdays and/or Wednesdays.
Because the Indiana Champions League will operate as a club-based league, clubs seeking to participate will be required to enter teams in all age groups (minimum of 6 teams per club required). Indiana Soccer member clubs must participate as a whole club on each assigned league game date. Individual teams may be accepted to the league on an as needed basis, but acceptance is not guaranteed. The number of clubs accepted to participate in the Indiana Champions League will be limited. The deadline for club application to this league will be June 20, 2010.
Clubs and teams who prefer regular home and away league-developed schedules for teams ages U9-U12 or the self-schedule format for U9-U10 academy game play will continue to register and play with their Indiana Soccer/US Youth Soccer allied member regional area travel leagues (CIYSL, GIRLS, NISL, EASA, ect.) There is no change to these programs.
“The schedule and game format provided by the Indiana Champions League will give Indiana Soccer members another choice to fit the needs of teams as they develop, teach, and grow the youngest athletes,” said Indiana Director of Competition Angel Hall. “Indiana Soccer is pleased to have the ICL as a new member and looks forward to working together to create a better environment for youth soccer in Indiana.”
The Indiana Champions League was founded by Directors of Coaching in 2008 to allow players to develop in a predictable environment. The Indiana Champions League is led by Commissioner Brent Paulson with assistance by three Directors: Rick Fiege (Zionsville Youth Soccer), Pete Kapsalis (FC Pride), Brian Southern (South Central Select/Center Grove Soccer). The league management structure also includes an Advisory Committee which includes: John Carter (Indiana Soccer), Jeff Dresser (Noblesville United Soccer), Dan Kapsalis (Pike Soccer Club), Ray Sahm (State Referee Committee), and Neal Sinco (Greenfield Area Soccer Club).
"The Indiana Champions League is very excited to be united with Indiana Soccer,” said ICL Commissioner Brent Paulson. “This opportunity will give all Indiana Soccer clubs the ability to choose the most appropriate playing environment for their players."
About Indiana Soccer - Indiana Soccer is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and United States Youth Soccer. It is a not-for-profit Indiana corporation, allowing tax deductible donations and contributions to the fullest extent of the law. Indiana Soccer has a current membership base of over 56,000 youth players, 3,000 adult players, 8,000 active coaches, 3,800 referees and thousands of volunteers through its network of over 140 local member clubs across the state of Indiana.