After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana Soccer recently hosted yet another year of exciting State Cup, Presidents Cup, Challenge Cup, and Memorial Cup action.
The bustling Grand Park Sports Campus and Richard Wigh Soccer Complex in Columbus Indiana hosted thousands of players and supporters over a few preliminary round weekends in May. With all of the action culminating on a sunny June weekend at Grand Park, there was no shortage of thrilling contests as players were able to lay it all on the line for a shot to lift a trophy.
“After canceling the 2020 games, the loss was not only felt by the teams, but by the Indiana Soccer staff and cup committee. It was incredible to see the return of the teams this year for these tournament(s). Indiana Soccer was pleased with the turnout, the level of competition, and the performance of the participants and spectators. Congratulations to everyone for the extra effort this year to return and play the beautiful game!” -- Angel Hall, Associate Director
“The level of soccer and the joy demonstrated this year was particularly rewarding after a year without competition.” Stated Dave Guthrie, Indiana Soccer’s executive director. “It was great to be able to serve the membership at these fine events.”
After late-game winners, stellar saves, and tough battles, prevailing teams found their way to an Indiana Soccer tent where they collected their trophy and medal. In the case of State and Presidents Cups, the much sought-after ticket to the Midwest Regional Championships may have outweighed the hardware.
A complete list of winners and the runner-up teams can be found here:
The Memorial Cup takes place alongside the other trio of cups each year. The Indiana Memorial Cup is designated to pay tribute to those players, coaches, and referees whom we have lost much too soon. The proceeds from the Indiana Memorial Cup are used to support outreach programming and facilities for underserved populations in Indiana.
“The Memorial Cup is a very special event. Teams participate for the love of the game. We do not even keep score! Some of the families of those we play to honor and remember attend just to watch the games. Every year Indiana Soccer receives notes of gratitude from these families because we choose to remember their loved ones in this special way.” --Angel Hall, Associate Director.
“The Memorial Cup brings to the surface tears, empathy, and joy. It is such an honor to be able to demonstrate to the surviving loved ones, how much the Indiana Soccer family embraces the contributions of those that are no longer with us, and expresses our love and compassion for those that were once part of our vibrant soccer family. We do remember!” stated Dave Guthrie, Indiana Soccer’s executive director.