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Southern Illinois Adult Soccer League
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SIASL History

The Southern Illinois Adult Soccer League was formed in 2002 by its first president Jeff Doyle when he became "frustrated at the lack of soccer-playing opportunities in the area", as he expressed in an article in The Southern Illinoisan newspaper during the 2006 World Cup.
Details about the beginnings of the league have been put in writing by Jeff Doyle himself.

There are two campaigns per year - Spring and Fall. The league featured four teams in its inaugural season of Fall 2002 - teams Red, White, Gold, and Green. Team Blue started out as Gold, but changed colors and name before the Fall 2003 season in order to be more distinguishable from the referees' yellow uniforms. Interestingly, the first two seasons were played in a tournament style. The game-winning team was awarded six points, while a tie was worth three points. A point was alloted for every goal scored up to three. So a 3:0 victory counted for nine points. That way the regular season winners of Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 ended up with 68 and 57 points, respectively. Rather fascinating.

The first ever champion was Team Green.

Since Fall 2003, games have been played according to MLS rules in terms of points awarded. That season also saw the introduction of the first expansion team - Orange. This step was significant as it showed the potential of soccer in Southern Illinois.
One season later, in Spring 2004, SIASL added another side - Purple - to bring the total number of teams to six. In only one season since, the league has fielded just five teams (Fall 2005). Nonetheless, the ultimate goal of the SIASL is the establishment of eight teams.
Team Purple managed to win the SIASL Cup in Fall 2004 after finishing dead-last in the regular season. From last to first - only possible in the SIASL!

In 2006, teams Red and Orange changed their names to Big Red and Orange Revolution, respectively.

The Fall 2006 was a season of transition. With its founder, Jeff Doyle, leaving Southern Illinois for personal reasons, the Board of Directors of the SIASL experienced a complete make-over. New people are in charge of the league, but with the same commitment and dedication.

A landmark was reached on October 21st 2006, when Tom Schaffnit scored the 1000th goal in the history of the SIASL.

With the addition of the Brown Baggers in Spring 2007, the SIASL expanded again and featured seven teams for the first time.

For the Fall 2007 season teams White and Purple merged and played as Whiple, giving White's players the opportunity to return to their original team at the next expansion. When the league was able to add a 7th team again in the following Spring 2008 season these players decided to stay on their new team which would play as Purple again. The White team that entered the league in the spring of 2008 is a new side and has little to do with the original team. At the beginning of the same season team Blue changed its name to Azzurris.

The Baggers changed their colors and name to Black Panthers at the start of the fall campaign of 2008.
In memory of Edgar Montano, a long-serving referee who passed away in July of 2008, the “Edgar Montano Sportsmanship Award” is given to a team or individual for acts of fairness on the soccer field. Team White won the inaugural award in Fall 2008.
A true milestone was reached in Fall 2008 when the Skyblue Crew entered the SIASL as eigth team, making a long-standing and ambitious goal of the league become reality. Eight teams translates to about 150 players, a clear sign of the popularity of soccer in Southern Illinois. At the same time it's very much the maximum number of teams the league can sustain for organizational and management reasons.

In February of 2009, team White changed its name to White Flames, followed by teams Green and Purple who changed theirs to Green Death and Purple Rain, respectively during the Spring 2009 season.
The Spring 2009 season turned out to be rather difficult. Bad weather leading to some game cancellations culminated in The Storm on May 8th, which, at least temporarily, affected the lives of a lot of people in the Carbondale-Marion area. The SIASL was no exception. As a consequence, there was no soccer in the league between April 25th and May 20th, a period of almost four weeks resulting in an unusually high number of forfeits and short-handed teams when play resumed.
The Light Posts in Marion after the May 8th Storm

November 14th 2009 was a special day in the history of the Southern Illinois Adult Soccer League. The president of the Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA), Branko Ilic, came to Carbondale to watch the championship game and discuss the significance of the SIASL within the ISSA. For some pictures click here

Honors:

Fall 2002
Champions: Green
No Play-Offs
Spring 2003
Champions: Gold
Regular Season: Gold
Fall 2003
Champions: Red
Regular Season: Orange
Spring 2004
Champions: Red
Regular Season: Orange
Fall 2004
Champions: Purple
Regular Season: Orange
Spring 2005
Champions: Blue
Regular Season: Red
Fall 2005
Champions: Blue
Regular Season: Orange
Spring 2006
Champions: Orange
Regular Season: Green
Fall 2006
Champions: Orange Revolution
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Spring 2007
Champions: Purple
Regular Season: Purple
Fall 2007
Champions: Whiple
Regular Season: Brown Baggers
Spring 2008
Champions: Big Red
Regular Season: Purple
Fall 2008
Champions: Orange Revolution
Regular Season: Purple
Sportsmanship Award: White
Spring 2009
Champions: Orange Revolution
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Green Death
Fall 2009
Champions: Green Death
Regular Season: Green Death
Sportsmanship Award: David Trost,
Referee
Spring 2010
Champions: Purple Rain
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Fall 2010
Champions: Azzurris
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Scott McClurg,
Orange Revolution
Spring 2011
Champions: Orange Revolution
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Fall 2011
Champions: Purple Rain
Regular Season: Green Death
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Spring 2012
Champions: White Flames
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Fall 2012
Champions: Green Death
Regular Season: Green Death
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Spring 2013
Champions: Black Panthers
Regular Season: White Flames
Sportsmanship Award: Azzurris
Fall 2013
Champions: Black Panthers
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Azzurris
Spring 2014
Champions: White Flames
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Big Red
Fall 2014
Champions: Orange Revolution
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Azzurris
Spring 2015
Champions: Azzurris
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: White Flames
Fall 2015
Champions: Azzurris
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Spring 2016
Champions: Orange Revolution
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: Big Red
Fall 2016
Champions: Orange Revolution
Regular Season: White Flames
Sportsmanship Award: Big Red
Spring 2017
Champions: Big Red
Regular Season: Orange Revolution
Sportsmanship Award: White Flames
Fall 2017
Champions: Azzurris
Regular Season: Skyblue Crew
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Spring 2018
Champions: Azzurris
Regular Season: Azzurris
Sportsmanship Award: Orange Revolution
Fall 2018
Champions: Skyblue Crew
Regular Season: Skyblue Crew
Sportsmanship Award: Big Red

For complete results and standings click the corresponding links above.

 

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