On behalf of the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) I would like to welcome you to another high school soccer season! The ISCA is the only organization that presents state rankings, All-District, All-State, All-Academic and ISCA MVP awards for high school soccer in Indiana. This organization also hosts the College Showcase games between the district teams and hosts the awards banquet the same weekend where all players who attend receive a plaque for their award(s). The ISCA is also the soccer coaches association recognized by the IHSAA.
In order to participate coaches must register/pay online by the deadline to have your players eligible to receive these awards and to have your team eligible for the state rankings, however, you must be a member! Every year many deserving players do not get their District, State, or All-Academic recognition because their coach or school did not join. We hope coaches will take advantage of the July coaching clinic. More information will be released soon.
After you join, the most important dates are for the All District player nominations and District meetings. The complete calendar can be found on the website. If you miss the date for nominations, or miss the District meeting, your players will not be nominated or voted on.
The benefits of membership in the ISCA are:
- Every team gets one ISCA Top Team award (certificate) to be determined by their coach.
- Every team gets All-Academic awards (certificate) for all players that meet the requirements: (3.6 seniors, 3.7 juniors, cumulative GPA through most recent grading period).
- Member schools/coaches can nominate and vote on players for the All-District and All-State teams.
- Juniors and Senior on All-District teams are eligible to participate in the College Showcase games.
- Players are recognized and receive their awards at ISCA banquet (except All-Academic)
- All players who attend the banquet receive plaques.
- The ISCA is the organization that is recognized by the IHSAA for recommendations and rules for soccer.
- Member schools/coaches are eligible for the ISCA state rankings in one of three classes.
The strength of the ISCA is based on the number of members, and last year over 300 coaches joined the ISCA, which also means over 200 coaches/schools did not join and their players were left out.
We will again post the membership list on our website throughout the season so you can check your membership status, as well as those of your conference or sectional opponents. If the schools you play are not members, it is very difficult to get coaches to vote for your players at the District meetings, so please encourage your fellow coaches to join.
The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association was formed in 1985 by Pete Kapsalis, the former boys soccer coach at Carmel High School. Soccer had progressed tremendously in the late 1970's and early 1980's and participation was starting to enjoy the benefits of fledgling youth leagues all over the state. At that time, no formal organization was in place to acknowledge the successes of these players, their programs and the sport of soccer itself. The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) was formed with the mission of acknowledging these successes. In the early days of the association, the membership represented both boys and girls coaches from the soccer programs of colleges and high schools within the State of Indiana. As time passed, the ISCA gradually narrowed its focus to the boys and girls high school programs. Membership in those early years was minimal compared to the membership of today and the work of the organization fell on few shoulders. Never the less, the foundation of the organization was set and the plans for the future were laid.
As time passed, the ISCA continued to add to the many ways it recognizes the successes of the student/athlete, their programs and coaches. The current awards sponsored by the ISCA are as follows:
- Boys All-State Teams (1st, 2nd, 3rd and HM)
- Girls All-State Teams (1st, 2nd, 3rd and HM)
- Boys Player of the Year
- Girls Player of the Year
- Boys All-State Academic Team
- Girls All-State Academic Team
- Top Team Player Award
- Boys All-District Teams
- Girls All-District Teams
- JR/SR College Showcase Weekend
- ISCA Annual Awards Banquet
- Boys Coach of the Year
- Girls Coach of the Year
- Allan Katner Distinguished Service Award
In 1994, the ISCA took on a new role and likely one of its most important. The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sanctioned boys and girls high school soccer and became the governing body of the sport in that year. The IHSAA selected the ISCA as its representative of boys and girls soccer and the ISCA spent many long hours working with the IHSAA to ensure the smooth integration process of soccer into the IHSAA's sports programs. The ISCA has had continual contact with the IHSAA to ensure the growth of high school soccer and the fairness in its programs. The sanctioning of the sport by the IHSAA has led to wide-scale growth from all corners of the state.
In addition to acknowledgment of the successes and the representation of soccer to the IHSAA, the ISCA has seen the need to broaden its focus. On the horizon are plans to meet the need to continue the soccer education of our member coaches through ISCA-sponsored clinics as well as avenues to promote our high school players and programs to the collegiate game. In the upcoming months and years, the ISCA intends to become more active in these areas as well as the ever-present need to enhance our current programs.