“With 2018 being a World Cup year and the sporting world focusing on international soccer, it’s particularly appropriate that a world championship event featuring college teams take place,” said Robert Azar, the founder of the event, which was held for nine years in the Southwest and Mexico (1984-92), and organizer of the event’s revival in San Antonio. “The time is right to extend the national collegiate soccer landscape beyond our yearly national championships and give our college players the chance to play against the best collegians from other countries."
A total of eight teams will be selected for the 2018 World Collegiate Soccer Championship, which will be played at two San Antonio venues: Comalander Stadium and Heroes Stadium.
Letters of invitation have also been extended to the NCAA and NAIA and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.
College champions from Spain (Universitat de Girona), Turkey (Adnan Menderes Universitesi), Switzerland (Universitat Zurich), Mexico (Universidad Anahuac Mexico Sur) and Japan (prime Minister Cup champion to be crowned in September) will take part. Other possible participants may come from Brazil, Germany, Ireland and Russia.
A youth tournament -- the World Pre-collegiate Soccer Championship Showcase, for which organizers hope to draw more than 300 teams -- and the first World Collegiate Club Championship Showcase -- for college club programs -- is expected to attract approximately 40 teams.
The WCSC debuted in Juarez, Mexico, in 1984, and then moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where it was played for six of the next seven seasons. It was played one year in Tempe Arizona, and finished its nine-year run in El Paso, Texas, and Juarez.
1984 Pumas UNAM
1985 Clemson University
1987 University-College Dublin
1988 Clemson University
1989 Indiana University
1990 Santa Clara University
1992 University of Sao Paulo