Indiana Memorial Cup This Weekend

Inspired by the tragic loss of Rachael Fiege in 2013, the 1st Annual Indiana Memorial Cup is established to honor all of Indiana’s youth soccer players and youth referees that have lost their lives too soon.

Rachael Fiege began her soccer career at Zionsville Youth Soccer Association (ZYSA) at the age of 5. Her journey facilitated the development of numerous friends and a passion for the game as she began playing travel soccer for Dynamo FC, FC Pride and Carmel United. She also participated in Indiana’s Olympic Development Program where she was named to the Indiana State Team and attended several Region ll Camps. Rachael played for Cathedral and Zionsville High School, obtained her TOPSoccer coaching certificate and served as a technical trainer for the ZYSA Girl’s Academy. When permission to name the cup after Rachael was requested, her parents, Rick and Angi Fiege, stated that they would be honored but requested that the event be expanded to honor all of Indiana’s Youth Soccer players and referees that have left us far too early. As a result of Rick and Angi’s personal insight and compassion for those in the Indiana Soccer Family who have suffered the loss of a child, teammate, player and or sibling, Indiana Soccer and the Indiana Soccer Foundation are honored to present the 1st Annual Indiana Memorial Cup.

Indiana Soccer Family in paying tribute to those players and referees whom we have lost much too soon.

In 2014, the Indiana Soccer Foundation Board of Directors established the Rachael Fiege Memorial Outreach Fund. This fund is used to assist programs that were important to Rachael’s heart, like TOPSoccer and Soccer Start.

Net proceeds for the Memorial Cup will be deposited into this designated fund.

Thanks to the 22 clubs for registering their teams for the inaugural cup. A total of 130 teams will participate, including ZYSA, Indy Premier, FC Pride, Dynamo FC, Indiana Fire Jr’s, Carmel FC, Hoosier FC, Delaware County, Hamilton North FC, USAi, Ft. Wayne United, Three Lions United, Vigo County Soccer Club, Kokomo Soccer Club, NP United, GLRSA, Westside United, Plainfiled Optimist Club, Southern Indiana United, Fayette County and Greenfield Strikers.

Location: Grand Park, Westfield, IN. (The Indiana Memorial Cup will be played in conjunction with Indiana Cup Finals weekend and will be also sanctioned by Indiana Soccer)

First New Futsal Court Opened Today


INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 15, 2015) – Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has teamed up with Indiana Soccer and the Indiana Soccer Foundation to introduce the “Futsal for Indiana” program, which will introduce the sport of futsal to underserved Hoosiers.  Futsal, a small-sided version of soccer, is played on hard surfaces with a heavier ball and is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Rhodius Park is the first of 11 planned sites where Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer and the Indiana Soccer Foundation will convert underused spaces – mostly basketball and tennis courts – into futsal courts to better serve neighborhoods and local communities. Today marks the opening of an underutilized tennis court at Rhodius Park that has been transformed into a 54-by-100 foot futsal court with a renovated surface, with funding for this initial project provided by a donation from Indy Eleven and a matching grant from the Indiana Soccer Foundation.

The program was unveiled today in conjunction with SCORE, Indy Parks, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Big Car Collaborative and William Penn Elementary School (IPS School 49) with the official opening of the court located on Indianapolis’ near west side.

Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer, IPS School 49, SCORE, the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and additional community groups will program the new futsal court at Rhodius Park, which will also be open for general use by the community.  The first official on-site event taking place at the court will be the “Union Jack Cup” Supporters 5-v-5 Futsal Tournament, featuring teams representing six different soccer supporters groups next Saturday, May 23, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Today’s court opening at Rhodius Park is just the start of the rapid growth planned for the sport of futsal across the Hoosier State in the coming years.  Indiana Soccer will open more doors for the sport via a new partnership with US Futsal, the sport’s national governing body, to facilitate the burgeoning expansion of futsal for both recreational and competitive players of all ages and abilities.

In addition, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Indianapolis will play host to a futsal tournament on Sept. 19 at downtown’s Pan Am Plaza in conjunction with the annual Indianapolis Sister Cities Festival.  More details on the tournament, which will feature teams from across Central Indiana representing several international communities, will be unveiled by the Mayor’s Office in the coming months.

Futsal for Indiana Quote Sheet

Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis:

“Indianapolis has been a sports town for nearly a century, and I am pleased to welcome the global sport of futsal to Rhodius Park.  I appreciate Indy Eleven’s continued support for Indy Parks and continued investment in our community.”

Peter Wilt, Indy Eleven President and General Manager:

“The Futsal for Indiana launch shows what like-minded civic, private and charitable organizations can do when they have a community’s best interests in mind.  For Indy Eleven, this is about more than leaving a legacy – it’s about putting our mission statement of ‘Winning championships with and for the community’ into action.  We cannot wait to expand into additional neighborhoods across Indy and beyond with the help of Indiana Soccer, the Indiana Soccer Foundation, the City of Indianapolis and our other valued partners.”

Dave Guthrie, Indiana Soccer Executive Director

“Futsal will play a significant role in the future development of Indiana’s youth.  Indiana Soccer is honored to be among such formidable contributors to help develop futsal playing opportunities.”

Dean Vinten, Indiana Soccer Foundation Board President:

“This court fulfills the mission of the Indiana Soccer Foundation – to teach values through sports. With the values based programming that will be taught at the Rhodius Park Futsal Court, kids will learn traits that will last them the rest of their lives”

 Allen McClendon, Indy Parks Sr. Manager of Community Outreach:

“Indy Parks is proud to collaborate with Indy Eleven and associated partners to promote futsal in Indianapolis.  This is yet another example of our city’s expansion of global sports as we embrace a sport popular in South America.”


About the Indiana Soccer Foundation: Formed in 1995, the Indiana Soccer Foundation is dedicated to enhance, support, promote and foster programs that benefit the long-term development of youth within Indiana communities. Our vision is to bring life changing values, through soccer, to every child, regardless of income or geographic location

ISF Hosts 1st Auction And Introduces Hall Of Fame Class Of ’15


Indianapolis, Indiana. February 2, 2015

The Indiana Soccer Foundation held its first silent auction on January 31st in conjunction with the Indiana Soccer AGM and Awards Gala, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel, IN. “Our silent auction was very successful. The event will definitely remain as an annual fund raising event for the Foundation”, said Dean Vinten, Indiana Soccer Foundation President. The auction, which ran for 10 days from January 21 – January 31, raised $6,366. These funds will support boys and girls scholarships, Futsol court development, and TOPSoccer needs. The auction drew 244 bids on 62 items. Top selling items included an autographed Lauren Cheney 2011 World Cup jersey-$520, a Pele framed autographed picture set-$345, and a 100th anniversary watch from US soccer-$350. Congratulations to all the winning bidders.

The Indiana Soccer Foundation also held its annual Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame Reception. The reception honored new inductees as well as recognizing all members of the Hall of Fame. Inductees in the Class of 2015 were Sherry Green, Vince Gansberg, and Dean Vinten. As each new member was introduced, they received their new Hall of Fame pin and were “pinned” by their spouse. “It’s a great idea”, said Jim Green (Class of 2007), husband of Sherry Green. The newly designed pin was created by the Indiana Soccer Foundation, approved by the Hall of Fame Operating Committee, and produced by Sport Pins International in California. It was a special honor this year to have Jay Fredrich (Class of 2000) attend. Jay traveled from Little Rock, AR to assist Foundation President, Dean Vinten in presenting the “Jay Fredrich Good of Soccer” at the Awards Gala hosted by Indiana Soccer. The award, sponsored by the Indiana Soccer Foundation, was given this year to Bill Walton, United Soccer Alliance of Indianapolis.

Support the Foundation – Get Great Stuff!!

The Indiana Soccer Foundation is holding its first annual silent auction in conjunction with the Indiana Soccer Association Gala on January 31.

Here’s a chance to bid on and win great items like tickets to a Columbus Crew MLS match; a Lauren Cheney jersey signed by her and 13 other World Cup teammates; Chicago Bulls tickets; a framed, autographed set of Pele pictures, and much, much more! Bidding is happening now online – log on here for more information!!

Indiana Soccer Foundation Scholarship Opportunity – Apply Now!!

The Indiana Soccer Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship program for Indiana soccer athletes – males and females – who are in need of financial assistance in order to play travel soccer in ISL or MRL.

Each scholarship request will be considered on a per season basis for coaching, club base fees, field usage or field equipment fees, officials or referee fees, league fees and other fees deemed acceptable by the Indiana Soccer Foundation. The maximum award per player is $200. Lesser awards may also be given.The following fees will not be considered for scholarship awards: coaches travel expenses, uniform expenses, player/family travel expenses, tournament fees, camp, or clinic fees.

Scholarship applicants are expected to meet the volunteer commitment required by their travel soccer club during the season for which the scholarship is granted. Requests should be made through your club club president or an executive board or staff member of the club for his or her signature and review. Club presidents/executive board members/club staff can download the application here. The application will then be presented by your club to the Indiana Soccer Foundation. Fee assistance is not guaranteed with the submission of this scholarship request. CONFIDENTIALITY: All scholarship information is for the sole purpose of helping the Indiana Soccer Foundation award scholarships to athletes in need of financial aid. These scholarship requests are strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone other than the Indiana Soccer Foundation Grant Committee.

Indiana Soccer Foundation to Host Hall of Fame Reception for New Inductees

January 31, 2015 marks the date that Sherry Green, Vince Ganzberg and Dean Vinten will be inducted, as the Class of 2015, into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame.

In their honor, the Indiana Soccer Foundation will host its annual Hall of Fame Reception, at the Renaissance North Hotel, 11925 North Meridian St, in Carmel, from 5:00-6:30p. All of the new inductees have made significant contributions to the success of soccer in Indiana.

Sherry Green, wife of Jim Green (Class of 2007) promoted, recognizing soccer, as a Varsity sport, in Northwest Indiana. She holds an “E” license, and Referee’s License, along with having the honor of being a Linesmen for a State Mcquire Cup final. She was instrumental in directing and helping to form the Portage Soccer Club and forming the first Girls Soccer Team at Portage. She helped coach one of the early Girls ODP Soccer teams at Regionals. Sherry helped form and became V.P. for Northwest Indiana Soccer League. She became the State Representative for Northwest Indiana, to what was the State Soccer Organization. She served on the committee that was formed, to organize the IYSA. She became the first secretary for the Indiana State Youth Soccer Association.
Sherry was honored by the Chicago Sting, for her outstanding work in promoting soccer, in Northwest Indiana.

Vince Ganzberg, holds a USSF A license and has been a US Soccer instructor since 2008. He created online learning modules for Indiana Youth Soccer which were subsequently adopted by US Youth Soccer-Region II. He has served as the Indiana Soccer Director of Coaching, a presenter at 14 NSCAA Conventions, leader of the current F License Project for US Soccer and received the Ron Wigg Award from US Youth Soccer-Region II.

Dean Vinten, is currently the President, Indiana Soccer Foundation. His accomplishments include President/Treasurer/ Tournament Director for the Saints FC Soccer Club, Chair of the Indiana Youth Soccer State Championship Tournament Committee, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional (Region II) Soccer Championship (2000), Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, US Youth Soccer National Championships (2001), Presidents Award winner in 2000 and 2002, District Commissioner, Board Member and Immediate Past President Indiana Youth Soccer.

The Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be the climactic event of the annual Indiana Soccer Award Gala being held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Renaissance North Hotel.

Zionsville High School Soccer to Retire Rachael Fiege’s #14 Soccer Jersey

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On Monday night, September 22, 2014, at the Zionsville Youth Soccer Complex, located at 5604 S 700 E, Whitestown, IN 46075, the Zionsville High School Lady Eagles Varsity Soccer program will honor one of their own.

In a ceremony fitting for an individual whose extended family was her ZHS Lady Eagles Soccer teammates, Rachael Fiege’s #14 number and her ZHS soccer jersey will be officially retired to honor her life and her love for soccer. Rachael passed away on August 22, 2013, only her second day on campus as an incoming freshman at Indiana University, after sustaining an undetected traumatic brain injury.

According to ZHS Varsity Soccer Coach Ramon Aguillon, “For the first time in the history of the program a ZHS soccer number and jersey will be retired.”

While this honor is unprecedented, Rachael’s passion for soccer started when she was just five years old and never wavered. Rachael enjoyed playing the defender position for Zionsville High School, being selected to play for the Indiana Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) State team, and also playing for various club teams throughout her career.

Coach Aguillon went on to say, “We plan to have a 5-10 minute ceremony at halftime of the Lady Eagles Varsity game against Brebeuf to honor Rachael for her positive impact on the Zionsville soccer program. Rachael embodied everything we want our High School players to aspire to be making the retirement of Rachael’s #14 jersey and her #14 so significant.”

Both Coach Aguillon and Greg Schellhase, Zionsville High School Athletic Director, will present a plaque to Rachael’s parents and brother, Rick, Angi and Jeremy Fiege, signifying Rachael’s honor of being the first inductee into the ZHS Women’s Soccer Hall of Fame, along with her framed pink #14 jersey. They went on to say that the retirement of the #14 will be for ALL High School Lady Eagles Soccer teams. Her #14 pink soccer jersey was especially important to Rachael, because it stood for Breast Cancer Awareness, a cause she championed. Rachael’s framed #14 “pink jersey” will be placed on displayed at the Zionsville Soccer 875 Athletic Facility.

About Rachael Fiege and the Rachael’s First Week education programs:

For information about Rachael Fiege, or the community awareness programs for incoming college students, go to Rachael’s First Week on Twitter @Rachaels1stWeek, or on Instagram at #Rachaels1stWeek.

5th Annual ISF Golf Classic Raises over $13,000

A very successful 5th Annual Indiana Soccer Foundation Golf Classic took place on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield, IN. Teeing off at 8:30AM, under sunny skies and 78 degrees, 18 foursomes – 72 golfers – enjoyed a beautiful day on the links and raised over $13,000 for the Indiana Soccer Foundation’s Rachael Fiege Memorial Outreach Fund.  

Rachael Leigh Fiege, 19, of Zionsville, IN passed away on August 23, 2013. The daughter of Richard and Angela Fiege, Rachael graduated with the Class of 2013 of Zionsville Community High School, where she played soccer and was involved in many other school activities. She was to begin her freshman year at Indiana University to study nursing and play club soccer. Established by the Foundation in her memory, The Rachael Fiege Memorial Outreach Fund is used for grants and scholarships consistent with the mission and vision of the Indiana Soccer Foundation. Activities are used to assist programs such as Indiana Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer programs, Soccer Across America, the Value Through Sports program developed by Ball State University and, in cooperation with Indy Eleven professional soccer, a Futsol court development program.

Besides the 18-hole scramble event, golfers were treated to a continental breakfast, a traditional cookout style luncheon and silent auction. First, second and third place teams were presented special awards consisting of a hotel package from JW Marriott Indianapolis (1st Place), a restaurant/game package from Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Carmel and tickets to an Indiana Pacers game, and a sports package consisting of tickets to Indiana Fever, Moto GP and Indianapolis Indians games.

Special hole-in-one, closest to the green and putting contest awards were provided by Sport Pins International.

A very special “Thank You” to all our sponsors: CSCI Consulting, LLC; CS Capital Management, The Brinkman Group, Olgetree Deakins, Monarch Beverage, Indy Eleven, Indiana Soccer League, United Soccer Alliance of Indiana (USAi), Sport Pins International, Solar Sources, Inc. and our 19 different hole sponsors.

Thank you all for your participation and support! We look forward to seeing you again in July 2015 at Wood Wind Golf Club.