Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association

The NCAA held its first men's National Collegiate Soccer Championship in 1959, with eight teams selected for the tournament. Before 1959, national champions were selected by a committee of the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA) based on season records and competition. In addition, the College Soccer Bowl tournament was held from 1950–1952 (following the 1949–1951 seasons) for the purpose of deciding a national champion on the field. The Soccer Bowl was a one-site competition involving four teams selected by college soccer administrators. However, the ISFA committee continued to select the national champion in those three years (in 1950 selecting as champion a team that did not participate in the second Soccer Bowl).[1]

Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association
AbbreviationISFA
PredecessorIntercollegiate Soccer Football League
Founded1905; 117 years ago (1905)
Dissolved1958; 64 years ago (1958)
Legal statusAssociation
Region served
United States and Canada
Membership
50 schools

HistoryEdit

College soccer started in Northeast colleges and at private schools in the late 19th century, while club soccer was mostly played in the Midwest and the South. In the West, Stanford started up a soccer program in 1911, University of San Francisco in 1932, and UCLA in 1937, playing largely amateur teams. In 1945, at the end of the world war, the ISFA had only 22 member college teams.[2] This grew to over 50 by 1947.

From 1905 through 1925, the Intercollegiate Soccer Football League (an Ivy League forerunner) determined an annual champion in College soccer. The league was dissolved after the 1925 season when Harvard and Yale threatened to resign citing dissatisfaction with the organization and scheduling saying its took players away from their educational studies too frequently. The former league pledged to create a new representative soccer association that could help govern the sport at a collegiate level. Soon after the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association was born offering an annual Outstanding Soccer Team award, the mythical national soccer championship, through 1935 and from 1946 through 1958.[3][4]

Member SchoolsEdit

Member Schools
Year Joined Team
Haverford
Yale
Columbia
Harvard
Penn
Princeton
1926 Penn State
Navy
Cornell
West Chester
1931 Springfield
San Francisco
Temple
Franklin & Marshall
Swarthmore
Lehigh
Dartmouth
1931 Brown
1931 M.I.T.
1928 Lafayette

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ISFL / ISFA College Soccer National ChampionsEdit

College champions were determined by various methods over the years as listed below.[1] They are all considered unofficial.

1905–1925: Champion of the Intercollegiate Soccer Football League
1926–1935: Determined by the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association
1936–1940: No selection by ISFA. Listed are outstanding teams that claim a share of the championship.
1941–1945: No selection by ISFA. Intercollegiate soccer was severely curtailed by world war.
1946–1958: Determined by the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association
1949–1951: Seasons for which Soccer Bowl was played (two of these were played early the following year)
College Soccer National Champions
Year Champion
1905 Haverford
1906 Haverford
1907 Haverford
1908 Haverford, Yale
1909 Columbia
1910 Columbia
1911 Haverford
1912 Yale
1913 Harvard
1914 Penn, Harvard
1915 Haverford
1916 Penn
1917 Haverford
1918 no competition
1919 Penn
1920 Penn
1921 Princeton
1922 Princeton
1923 Penn
1924 Penn
1925 Princeton
1926 Penn State, Princeton, Harvard
1927 Princeton
1928 Yale
1929 Penn State
1930 Penn, Yale, Harvard
1931 Penn
1932 Penn, Navy
1933 Penn State, Penn
1934 Cornell
1935 Yale
1936 Penn State, Princeton, West Chester, Syracuse
1937 Penn State, Princeton, Springfield
1938 Penn State
1939 Penn State, Princeton
1940 Penn State
1941 No selection
1942 No selection
1943 No selection
1944 No selection
1945 Haverford
1946 Springfield
1947 Springfield
1948 Connecticut
1949 Penn State, San Francisco (a)
1950 West Chester (b)
1951 Temple (c)
1952 Franklin & Marshall
1953 Temple
1954 Penn State
1955 Penn State, Brockport
1956 Trinity
1957 Springfield, City College of New York
1958 Drexel
(a) Soccer Bowl: Penn State tied San Francisco 2-2.
(b) Soccer Bowl: Penn State defeated Purdue 3-1.
(c) Soccer Bowl: Temple defeated San Francisco 2-0
Sources: [6]

ISFL / ISFA Team Championship RecordsEdit

Team Championships Winning Years
Penn State 11 1926, 1929, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1949, 1954, 1955
Penn 10 1914, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933
Princeton 9 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940
Haverford 7 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1915, 1917
Yale 5 1908, 1912, 1928, 1930, 1935
Harvard 4 1913, 1914, 1926, 1930
Springfield 4 1937, 1946, 1947, 1957
Columbia 2 1909, 1910
Temple 2 1951, 1953
West Chester 2 1936, 1950
Navy 1 1932
Cornell 1 1934
Syracuse 1 1936
Connecticut 1 1948
San Francisco 1 1949
Franklin & Marshall 1 1952
Brockport 1 1955
Trinity 1 1956
City College of New York 1 1957
Drexel 1 1958

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The American Soccer History Archives: NCAA College Soccer Championships". Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  2. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1947". Archived from the original on 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  3. ^ "Penn State Collegian". Vol. 21, no. 31. Penn State Collegian. 19 January 1926. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  4. ^ "COLLEGES ORGANIZE A NEW SOCCER BODY; Old League Members Reunite Under Different Schedule Rules and Ask Others to Join". The New York Times. January 12, 1926. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  5. ^ "6-Year Standings of College Soccer". 15 December 1931. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  6. ^ "New-York tribune. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, May 1, 1908, Image 5". New-York tribune. 1 May 1908. p. 5. Retrieved 26 June 2020.

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