Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association

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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]

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.

The ISFA was founded in 1926 and offered an annual Outstanding Soccer Team award, the mythical national soccer championship, through 1935 and from 1946 through 1958. From 1905 through 1925, the Intercollegiate Soccer Football League (an Ivy League forerunner) determined an annual champion.

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 (games played in the following January)

ISFL / ISFA College Soccer National Champions[edit]

Year Champion Year Champion Year Champion
1911 Haverford (spring) 1927 Princeton 1943 no selection
1912 Yale (spring) 1928 Yale 1944 no selection
1913 Harvard (spring) 1929 Penn State 1945 no selection
1914 Harvard (spring), Penn (1st fall-only schedule) 1930 Harvard, Pennsylvania, Yale 1946 Springfield
1915 Haverford 1931 Penn 1947 Springfield
1916 Penn 1932 Penn, Navy 1948 Connecticut
1917 Haverford 1933 Penn, Penn State 1949 San Francisco, Penn State (a)
1918 no competition 1934 Cornell 1950 West Chester (b)
1919 Penn 1935 Yale 1951 Temple (c)
1920 Penn 1936 Penn State, Princeton, Syracuse, West Chester 1952 Franklin & Marshall
1921 Princeton 1937 Penn State, Princeton, Springfield 1953 Temple
1922 Princeton 1938 Penn State 1954 Penn State
1923 Penn 1939 Penn State, Princeton 1955 Brockport, Penn State
1924 Penn 1940 Penn State, Princeton 1956 Trinity
1925 Princeton 1941 no selection 1957 City College of New York, Springfield
1926 Harvard, Princeton, Penn State 1942 no selection 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

ISFL / ISFA Team Championship Records[edit]

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

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