NCAA & MLS Post-Season
The Indiana Hoosiers advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament following a 1-0 defeat of UConn. Indiana plays at 1pm Sunday, in Winston-Salem, NC. Coverage via the internet will likely be announced this week.
Former IU player and assistant coach Caleb Porter, now the head coach of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, guided his team to a playoff win Sunday over FC Dallas. The second leg of the home-and-home series is Sunday evening in Dallas.
Columbus Crew SC also captured victory Sunday in their conference final playoff game with New York. The second leg is Sunday.
IU head coach Todd Yeagley and Associate head coach Brian Maisonneuve each spent their pro careers playing in Columbus.
Barley Bros Put Champions League On Notice
Barley Bros have picked-up where they left off in the spring, capturing the early Fall League season title, shutting-out the #2 team Indiana Academica, 3-0l. Barley Bros, sporting the new 2015 Worm's Way kit, step into Champions League action in November.
Fall 2015 Champions League Teams
Champions League returns to Thursday nights in November! The fall field includes returning champions unCOACHables, spring champions Barley Bros, Fake Madrid, Deportivo Mexicanse, Real Koryllas, Bltn Internationals, Corpus Jurus and Huckelby FC.
"6-Goal Rule" Review
In fall, 2014, our 6-Goal Rule was implemented to minimize stoppage time in blowout games, without over-penalizing a successful team. In short, when a score margin reaches 6, the winning team may only score from outside the penalty box (unless a penalty is awarded), until the margin is less than 6.
Through 190 games in the winter of 2014, nearly 30% featured scoring margins of 7 or more. With our 6-Goal Rule in place, less than 25% of games featured margins of 7 goals or more (190 games, Winter 2015).
The new rule wasn't the only reason for the decrease in blowouts. The Champions League, launched last fall, also brought parity to our Thursday leagues. In 28 of the Champions League winter games, only 2 (7%) featured a 7-goal margin.
The league with the highest margin was the Over 30 league - in large part because adult teams looking for exercise or returning to the game for the first time, formed teams and competed with Over 30 teams that play more often.
In an effort to offer parity to the teams returning to the game or just looking for exercise, we've created the "Absolute Beginners League" on Monday nights. Our hope is to offer parity among teams in the Over 30 league, while providing an enjoyable experience to players who are new to the game.
Barley Bros Capture Conference & Tournament Titles
The Spring 2015 season closed in dramatic fashion as Barley Bros put together 3 goals in 90 seconds to win their semi-final and used stingy defense to solidify a title, 1-0 over Sigma Chi in the tournament final.
Congratulations to American Snipers for their conference championship and thanks to our teams for participating this year.
Striker Luers Capture U18 Tournament Title
It was an evening of upsets - none bigger than Striker Luers cementing the victory in the U18 final over 2nd seed Versace FC. Congratulations to 2-time league winner Gucci FC - bumped-out in the semi-final, and to Versace FC, the finalist in the tournament.
unCOACHables Win Champions League Tournament
The perennial power house unCOACHables garnered another title as Champions League Tournament winners. They were the only team in the field of 8 that posted wins with a 2-goals-or-greater differential, and allowed just 1 goal (to finalists Barley Bros) in three games.
The Champions League field for Fall 2015 is set and includes: unCOACHables, Barley Bros, Fake Madrid, Deportivo Mexicanse, Real Koryllas, Blton Internationals, Corpus Jurus and Huckelby FC.
Kilroy's Wins Over 30 League & Tournament Titles
Four different goal scorers and stifling defense helped regular season champs Kilroy's capture the Over 30 tournament title Monday night. As usual, Old Stars, The Brood and Bloomington Internationals made the 20-minute stanzas interesting throughout the night.
NITRO Makes Quick Work Of U14 Tourney Field
NITRO arrived as the 2nd seed and in 35 minutes of play in the U14 tournament, dispensed of pesky Kryptonite and league champion All Stars, for the U14 tournament title Friday night.
Congratulations to all of our teams and good luck with your spring club seasons!
Bltn Internationals: Winless Season To Win-Full Tourney
A dreadful showing in Champions League (0-7 and a less-than-2 gpg avg) meant nothing to the Bloomington Internationals, as they redeemed themselves on tournament night with 4 wins, including an OT thriller in the final, to reclaim Champions League status for Fall, 2015.
Corpus Jurus also earned a spot in the top league with their appearance in the final, which turned-out to be their second, consecutive OT match, as they fought for the night's top prize.
Five of the night's nine games were decided by one goal.
El Compadre Captures Ad Rec TUE Title
It was a night of mid-table teams finding success as El Compadre put together a decent tournament showing to find the title against higher seed Casters. Learned Foot was the surprise of the night, knocking-off top seed Gunners FC enroute to a semi-final berth.
unCOACHables Win Premier League
Perennial power unCOACHables racked-up two wins on tournament night to complete their sweep of the Premier League in the 2014/2015 regular seasons and tournaments.
American Snipers were the unlikely finalists - finishing 0-5 in the regular season. The tournament's lowest seed put together two gutsy performances before falling short in the final.
East All Stars Wrap Season, FC Bloomington Wins Tourney
FC Bloomington wove their way through the U14 tournament Friday until they found a championship late-night at the Twin Lakes Rec Center. Along the way they dispensed of the top-seeded East All Stars (above), and ultimately NITRO - a surprise upset winner appearing as a finalist in the U14 tourney.
Congratulations to Orbit FC Blue as they captured the "B Tournament" title.
unCOACHables Wrap Inaugural Champions Season
The unCOACHables put an exclamation mark on their Champions League Title by winning the season tournament in the Ad Rec THU League. The tournament's semi-finals and final (featuring Season Champ Ryan Huckelby) were all won on one-goal margins.
Congratulations to Deportivo Santa Cruz for their "B" Tournament victory.
The Winter, 2015, Champions League teams are set: unCOACHables, Fake Madrid, Kevin's Little Sparkles, Barley Bros, Deportivo Santa Cruz, Bl Internationals, Ryan Huckelby and, earning a spot on the tie-breaker, Hatchets FC.
Gucci FC Grabs Gold (& Blue)
Gucci FC is the first U18 team from Terre Haute to capture a double - a regular season and tournament championship - in the nearly 2 decades that we've played indoor soccer at the Twin Lakes Rec Center. Their hard-fought battles - including the final vs. Jingleberry Men - proved them worthy of both the gold and blue winners jerseys this season.
Congratulations to the USA Olympic Handball Team for their stellar "B" Tournament performance and championship.
#NoFlex Are #Champions
The first hashtag-named team in the 15 years of Bloomington Soccer captured both the regular season and tournament championships in the Adult Rec TUE League. Though they faced a stern battle from CrossFire FC in the final, #NoFlex stood their ground and left Tuesday's tournament with the title.
Over 30 League Champions: Old Stars
The Old Stars strung together two winning performances to knock-off Brood and the undefeated Kilroy's teams, to capture the tournament title in the Over 30 League Monday night. And late-season roster adjustments have Bloomington Internationals promising a contentious run for the title in the upcoming Winter season.
Premier League Title To unCOACHables
Season champion Barley Bros and unCOACHables battled through tough semi-final matches before squaring-off in the final of the Premier League - in the end, unCOACHables added to their trophy case (t-shirt closet) a tournament title with a decisive performance in the final.
Champions League Title To unCOACHables
The last game on the last night of Champions League play packed all the drama one could've hoped for as unCOACHables earned their necessary win over Deportivo Santa Cruz to capture the inaugural Champions League title.
They, along with Fake Madrid, Barley Bros and Kevin's Little Sparkles, secure a spot in the 2015 Champions League. The remaining spots can be captured in the end-of-season tournaments in January.
Barley Bros Wins Early Fall Season
Barley Bros made themselves a Champions League favorite, proving their might against perennial powerhouse unCOACHables/Uptown FC in the final of games of the Early Fall Season.
Though down a man early, unCOACHables kept the game close - but in the end Barley Bros denied their opponents goals and scored enough to secure the title.
This fall, Bloomington Soccer introduces a Champions League feature to the Ad Rec THU season, where the top teams battle for Champions League honors through regular season play. In addition, the end-of-season tournaments provide other teams the chance to qualify for the upcoming Champions League season.
Based on their Spring, 2014, regular season performance, these 8 teams have qualified for the inaugural Champions League season: Fake Madrid, Step Dads, Bl Internationals, unCOACHables, Barley Bros, Felix FC, Bhandari FC and Deportivo Santa Cruz.
Why Bloomington Soccer?
Professional coaching, a safe environment and dependable facility are just some of the reasons why youth soccer training at the Twin Lakes Rec Center with Bloomington Soccer, makes sense.
And as a licensed US Soccer Federation coach, Chris Doran employs the principles of US Soccer's recommended curriculum for players at every stage of their development.
The result? Your young players enjoy experienced instruction - with age-appropriate expectations, opportunities to apply what they've learned in small-sided games and a desire to keep playing the world's most beautiful game.