It is with great pleasure that ICFC presents the eighth official 4v4 Summer League program.
Before I get into an itemized list of information in regards to summer league. I would like to use this time to also promote some really great changes we have in-store for the Indiana County Football Club and the Indiana Soccer Community. Eight years ago I never would have imagined a simple league could cultivate such a significant soccer culture in our town and surrounding areas. To this I owe a hearty thank you, not only to all of the participants, but also the current team of individuals who are actively contributing to the growth of the club. Throughout the summer and into the fall and winter you will begin to see ICFC offer a number of youth oriented leagues and clinics, individual instruction, and lastly family focused soccer events. All of these products will continue to be set at affordable price points with a focus on family participation. In addition, all proceeds generated will filter through our officially established non-profit where we will continue to develop, support and promote organized soccer and to foster local soccer culture for players and coaches of all ages in the Indiana County Community.
2016 4v4 Summer League:
Start Times & Sign Ins:
- Kickoff will officially commence on May 12 at 7pm (always the second Tuesday in May.)
- Roster notifications are due by 5/10/16 Please notify me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign ins and payments will begin on Thursday 5/12/16 at 5pm please be early so your squad is registered and warmed up prior to 6:30 announcements and 7pm start time.
New Roster Initiative:
- Please try to limit rosters to 8 players.
- The reason for this initiative is to have 16-18 squads.
- The reason for having 16-18 squads is that we can successfully have 2-3 tiers with an equally divided talent pool with out much overlap in match play.
- Please note try to have your rosters to me over the course of the next week.
- If you are an individual or a group of 2-3 players and you're looking for more numbers for your roster we are more than happy to help you with forming your squad and making even teams. With our hopes of the new roster limitation and additional squads we should be able to harbor appropriate tiers for those folks who feel that Thursday summer league is as important as the World Cup, as well as though who are just there for....well....Thursday 4v4 Summer League in Indiana PA.
- This is new; Membership pricing with your 4v4 registration offers an annual membership to ICFC. Our membership runs from July to July and will allow members discounted payment options for clinics, tournaments, and leagues. Anything that the club will offer. By design if you participate in as little as two ICFC services, your membership will have paid for itself. In addition to soccer related products, the membership will also gain you access to our official print newsletter as well as discounted services from both local and regional service providers. This is not a money grab. As we turn the page to a more formally structured non-profit, increase our product offerings, and grow as an organization, our overheard (facilities, equipment, and insurance) grow as well. This is the offset.
Lots of info here so I'll try to make it as to the point as possible. First off, thank you everyone for participating, as of right now our club has put together over 70 players strong for a 16 week season. In no specific order here is a list of bullet points that will help you understand everything league related:
Full Time Dues $90.00 per player
Part Time Dues $60.00 per player (Part Time Player is one who can only make 10 or less weeks)
Family Rate $120.00 per player
All dues must be paid in full prior to week 1 kickoff. We will have a sign in table and extra forms
I am not printing shirts for squads this year, team colors have been denoted on the roster. I will be offering a hooded sweatshirt for $20.00 additional cost proceeds will benefit the IHS Girls Soccer Program
Roster Rules are that no player may transfer squads without the vote of the 8 Captains
Player additions must be approved by a vote of the 8 Captains prior to Sunday kickoffs
All Captains are required to start matches promptly at the top of the hour halves should be no less than 25 min, and no more than 29min.
5 + 1 Keeper (this is one extra field player, up from last year)
Keeper Rule: 5 players must play at least 5 minutes as a keeper every match.
Lastly, understand this. This is a community league, it will be 'competitive.' At times you will win, at times you will lose. Each team is compiled of players of all ages, shapes, and sizes. These players are here for a decent 1 hour run, and time out of the house. If you are turning to this league for your one chance to get a legitimate workout in and relive your prior lifes glory days of a mediocre soccer player, then this is not the league for you. If you have a problem with the squad you've been picked to play on please talk to me. However, if the problem is because your team isn't winning 10 - 0 every match. Then again, this league is not for you. All captains involved in the draft worked hard to keep players together, while at the same time balancing out the talent. If you do not like this, I will be more than happy to point you in the direction of some more competitive leagues where the objective is not so much community first as we are.
If you have your rosters already in place, and wish to e-mail me the details. Please do so. The more I have in place prior to week 1. The better.
A few simple changes this year:
1. Team Captains will be responsible for your squads T-Shirt Order. Your squad is not obligated to put an order in, team kits do not cost extra as they are already built into the cost, but nonetheless if you and your team wish to venture out on your own for kits. I welcome the creativity. I'm putting this rule in to take the weight off of my shoulders in organizing the order for 80+ players. Orders will be due by kickoff in week 2.
2. Price increase. Cost per player went up $10.00. Cost per family went up $20.00. Here's why: We use this club as a conduit for financing other soccer related projects throughout the community. This year in particular, we are bringing in a youth and HS Girls Soccer clinic in June. It is a caliber clinic, and can be considered "expensive." A portion of these proceeds will go directly to offsetting some of the cost.
Despite the snow, and the cold, I am here to announce the end of our winter league, as well as to promote the end of winter 3v3 tournament.
First things first.
This years end of winter 3v3 tournament will take place on Saturday March 21st. This will mark the 6th year of the tournament. Traditionally when the club started we called this tournament 'the futsal cup.' We did this because we didn't have the organization of a winter league. I can remember in our first couple years, winter matches didn't exist, and it was just a show up and play on Thursday nights. Sometimes there would be 40 of us, sometimes there would be eight of us. Since then we've incorporated the 'the futsal cup' into the award that teams receive for the best record over a 12 week winter season. My how far we've come. I really do enjoy sitting back and thinking of where we used to be, to where we are now. I enjoy seeing players sticking with the sport, seeing who returns during a holiday week after being away for school. Or maybe just catching a match because they're home visiting families. It really is what club soccer is all about, just playing. Sometimes with keeping scores, and tracking results, we lose sight of that. With the way our club is formatted, you're not always going to be on the best team, and you're not always going to have your best days, but regardless of the result, always remember that the club is happy to have you.
Nonetheless....onto the news:
I've added a specific web page in the navigation bar to the left. This is where you can find all details for the tournament. Waivers, eventual schedules, etc. Kickoff day is Saturday March 21st at 8am. We will be running 2 fields simultaneously using 6ft pugg nets. Cost is $75.00 per squad, and all proceeds after expenses will go to the IHS Girls Soccer Team. These funds are used to outfit the team with warm-ups, gear, and other items such as providing a cut rate for team camps, and clinics. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Further details can be found here. I recommend 5-6 players per squad, and I will cap the field at 12 or 16 teams. Meaning after 12, teams 13-15 will only be included if a 16th squad will participate. (Basically, creating tables for 13, 14, and 15 team tournaments, is a hassle, and I don't feel like doing it.) Match day kicks off at 8am promptly and we are finished before 2pm. Where we then share a pint, and talk about our soccer shortcomings.
Winter League Recap
In the end the top two teams of their respective tables collected the cups. Congratulations to League I winners FC Panzer, and League II winners Scholars FC.
League II Final:
FC Scholars 4 FC Penn Run 3
With FC Penn Run playing their second match in a row they were rolling in the first half. Goal, goal, goal, and it's halftime with FCPR up 3-0. No problem, I'm thinking hardware, I'm thinking where I'm placing my star on my shirt. Scholars say no chance. They're gritty style of play, and second half keeper change turned the tables, and with in minutes of the second half it was 3-2. 10 minutes left and we're all square. Chance after chance, Scholars denied. When you're a goal scorer and your thinking you can't beat the keeper, you're done....I was done. Scholars tally with under 5 to go. It was too much for the FCPR. Scholars win with a rope a dope style that in League II was no match for anyone. Three times FC Penn Run played scholars in the season. Three times they led at the half. Three times they lost the match. FC Scholars deserve the cup, and the star. Hats off to them.
League I Final:
FC Panzer 8 IHS Boys 3
It was a shellacking, it was a Cinderella story, everything they shot at the net went in, it was a 'we can do no wrong' type match. It was the play-in game prior to the finals where IHSBoys had to win to make it to the finals and win they did. So here they were in the exact same spot a week later, against the exact same team, with an entire rink full of supporters. All they had to do was score first. Score first, and FC Panzer would of crumbled, they would of been rattled by the hecklers, but Captain Joe said no. Captain Joe also scored the first three goals. Captain Joe also threw kids around half his senior. Captain Joe let it be known that these boys aren't there yet. Captain Joe, this week, could not and would not be beat. FC Panzer went up early, IHS Boys kept fighting, tallying to make it 4-1. It would be as close as they would get.
Outside of the recap. To let a high school team into our semi-structured, non-traditional club style league was a hesitation at first. However, I believe they became better players because of it. I believe they got to see what a good community soccer club can offer, and I hope they stick with it. IHSBoys if you do indeed refer to this website, my hat goes off to you. Take notice of the club offering that you have available to you now, and persevere. Don't ever think your skill-set is not good enough to compete, show up, work hard, and you'll be fine.
Happy New Year to everyone, the regular season is now complete. Please see the winter league page to get the upcoming playoff schedules.
We will be playing for two separate cups. League I Cup, and League II. Good stuff.
The top 4 teams of the regular season will play 3 matches against the other squads of the table over 3 weeks. The Final will be played in the 4th week at 2pm.
The bottom 5 teams of the regular season will play 3 matches against the other squads of the group over 4 weeks. The 5th rank team will play four matches, and will keep their best 3 results. The final will also be played in the 4th week, just prior to the League I final at 1pm. Teams ranked 1-4 in League II (Group B) will have a bye-week scheduled into the 4 playoff weeks. It may seem a little convoluted, but this is how it is when you have 5 teams.
THERE WILL BE NO PICK UP PLAYERS ALLOWED IN ANY OF THE GAMES MOVING FORWARD. You're team is short on numbers, sorry, you're short, bummer. The only exception to this is FC Penn Run who is eligible to pick up a keeper. Furthermore, players not on the current rosters, are not eligible to play. If I'm missing someone on the roster, please let me know. Lastly, players who have not attended 3 weeks of play or more, are also not eligible.
We've done a great job at calling our own, and governing ourselves. These games will become more competitive, but lets not lose sight of the big picture.