WLS Womens Soccer Press Release
FC Indiana Women's Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary
It was 10 years ago on March 6, 2003 that FC Indiana women's team was created and only a few could ever have imagined that the Lionesses would go on to become one of the most accomplished women's professional teams in the US.
Women's pro leagues and teams came and went but, 10 years later, FC Indiana remains an important presence on the women's scene.
In celebrating the proud and unique history of a club that has, from its inception, always been open to everyone regardless of race, creed or religion, we are reminded of the guiding vision of building a stable club focused on developing players and coaches, and providing quality family entertainment.
Along with two league national championships and two cup national championships, there have been many great players who have contributed to FC Indiana's success, entertained fans, and went on to international fame. Japanese midfielder Mizuho Sakaguchi won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and, in all, 11 FC Indiana alumnae competed in the World Cup. 12 Lionesses competed in the Olympic Games and FC Indiana "Iron Woman" Aussie Aivi Luik won the Asian Cup in 2010.
As the club celebrates 10 years of women's soccer it is proud of its partnerships with International Women's Opportunity Foundation, Haitian Soccer Federation and Indianapolis Public Schools, and its contributions in providing opportunities to girls and women both in Haiti and Indiana.
Throughout this season, FC Indiana will celebrate a decade of unique history, highlighting triumphs, exceptional players and special moments in the ongoing story of FC Indiana. Speaking to FCIndiana.us, FC Indiana GM Shek Borkowski said the club will celebrate the anniversary with a game against an international opponent, details of which they are in the process of finalizing.
FC Indiana Factfile:
Founded December 27, 2000 (women's team created in March 2003)
WPSL champions: 2005, 2007
Open Cup champions: 2005, 2008
Most games: Fatima Leyva (MEX), 111 (2005-09)
Most goals: Laura Del Rio (SPA), 36 in 36 matches (2008-09)
FC Indiana by the Numbers:
1 World Cup winner
1 Olympic silver winner
6 Olympic bronze winners
1 Asian Cup winner
1 Asian Cup silver winner
2 National team coaches
2 Youth national team coaches
1 National team assistant coach
11 World Cup participants
12 Olympic participants
56 National team players