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FC Indiana Ranked Number 5 in the World
« on: August 07, 2007, 08:48:19 AM »
GOSHEN, INDIANA, USA, August 7, 2007 — On the heels of its second league title in three seasons, FC Indiana women’s team jumped to No. 5 spot in the world, its highest ranking in 12 months.

In its latest rankings of top 20 women’s teams in the world, ranks FC Indiana 5th, behind Arsenal (ENG), FFC Frankfurt (GER), Washington Freedom (USA), and Ajax America (USA).

FC Indiana’ international squad which includes Elena Danilova of Russia, Fatima Leyva and Monica Ocampo of Mexico, and Elisabetta Tona of Italy went 14-2 on the season. In the Women’s Premier League, FC Indiana have been in scintillating form, defeating the New England Mutiny 3-0 for the league title in Tampa, Florida a week ago.

In just 3 seasons FC Indiana emerged as the most successful women’s team in North America by going 44-5-3 in three years, which includes 19 wins and 2 ties at home. During this time span FC Indiana defeated Australia WNT 1-0, Mexico WNT 3-0 and Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 and 8-1.

could do worse than pay a visit to FC Indiana.

Unless your name is Bill Gates and you have money to burn there are no quick fixes to building a successful club.
Current FC Indiana chairman Gary Weaver took over just under 6 years ago in June 2001.
He waited just 4 years to fulfill his dream of turning FC Indiana into a women’s soccer powerhouse.
When Weaver, who was the the chairman of a plastics company, took over FC Indiana they were just another run of the mill youth club.
In 2001, Weaver appointed Shek Borkowski as director of coaching. Borkowski immediately established a 7-year plan for success and the rest is history. FC Indiana women’s, men’s and youth teams have won 3 national, 4 regional and seven state titles since 2001.

According to Maksimov, the continuity provided by Weaver and Borkowski has been key to FC Indiana's success.
"The club has had the the same people, Weaver as chairman, and Borkowski as coaching director, since the late 2001. "There is a continuity within the management of the club and that is so important."

Borkowski arrived in 2001 and within two years had started to deliver state titles and in 2005 the elusive national titles - Women’s Premier League and US Open Cup.
Now Maksimov believes the 2007 squad has achieved world recognition. "Shek is the person who can do the job," said Maksimov. "He is very intelligent and has got so much experience.”
"He's very calm," he stressed. "It's surprised me because he was very fiery as a player but he's relaxed all the time now, even if we're not doing well. His team talks are brief, very calm and he's brought that quality out in the players so we go on the field confident. He doesn't say a lot but, when he does speak, he usually gets his point across without raising his voice.
"He'll tell you what he wants and, if you're not doing it, he lets you know. He keeps everyone on their toes by watching them and making sure they don't take their foot off the pedal. And he's organized out there."

So are the players frightened of Borkowski? "Everyone respects him," replied Maksimov, diplomatically. The Pole's modus operandi - which typically involves FC Indiana's coach watching training from afar, standing alone on a deck above the training field. I was used to much more vocal coaches," he explained.

By winning the Premier League and Open Cup titles in 2005, FC Indiana have established a vice-like sponsorship superiority over their domestic rivals. This season T-Mobile and DHL have joined the FC Indiana list of marketing partners.
Over the last two years, FC Indiana have lost key players such as Patricia Perez (Mexico) to Barcelona and Nancy Augustyniak (USA), they invariably sign the best players.
Perez has been replaced by 23-year-old Maria Ruiz, who joined from Spanish Rayo Vallecano in the spring, Augustyniak was replaced by Jamaican Omolyn Davis.
"FC Indiana's stability and success has given us an edge over our rivals. Because we are successful that means the best players want to play for us,” said Maksimov.

As well as recruiting the best talent, FC Indiana have discovered if you want to get ahead, a dash of foreign skill goes a long way.
The club have established a formidable scouting network in Europe and South America, which has been developed by assistant coach Steve Brdarski.
Working in tandem with Borkowski, Steve has proved a shrewd judge of talent. Integral to FC Indiana's recent success have been midfielder Fatima Leyva and striker Monica Ocampo.
Leyva proved be an inspirational signing, the player that dictates how FC Indiana play and who scores her fair share of goals, notably from free-kicks. In 2007 FC Indiana added talented US players Kristin Luckenbill, Lauren Sesselmann, Lisa Grubb and a mix of internationals from Spain, Russia and Italy.

As the season winds down, FC Indiana will now face FIFA World Cup finalists New Zealand, 23rd in the latest FIFA rankings, on August 14, 2007 at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.
Maksimov said the fixture against New Zealand is good for the club. "To get teams which will play in the World Cup in September is a fantastic opportunity for both the players and the promotion of the women's game."