The FC Wisconsin Player's Champions League is an in-house indoor league that allows FC Wisconsin ECNL players from all age groups to compete with and against each other in an environment where they take the lead in all aspects - team organization, team tactics, substitution, and more.
With teams consisting of players from the U14 to U18 age groups, nearly every player is both mentor and learner, and opportunities for peer learning are abundant. FC Wisconsin coaches supervise the games, but all coaching and team management is the responsiblity of the players. The player-led discussion in this environment helps instill better understanding of the FC Wisconsin "game model" as the players take ownership of expressing the club's playing style within this competition.
The 2018 Player's Champions League features 4 teams playing in a round-robin format, concluding with a final weekend where a Championship and Third Place Game will be played.
Player's Champions League Week 1
Team Aspire vs. Team Develop: 8-1
Team Aspire was in rare form, led by Emma Jaskaniec’s goal-scoring and attacking dominance. Emma wasn’t alone, however, as Lexi Prusow made some big saves to keep Team Develop off the scoreboard. Despite the lop-sided score line, Selame Caldart produced a string of good saves, and Jadyn Rupnow battled throughout. Ultimately their hard work was in vain as Team Aspire ran out comfortable winners.
Team Achieve vs. Team Gamechangers: 3-2
Annika Seem led Team Achieve with a brace that was just enough to overcome a big effort from Team Gamechangers. Rylee Sammons and Anna Franceschi led the Gamechangers, while Calla Laabs capped off a strong performance with a goal.
Maria Nordness and Nicole Norfolk organized the Team Achieve defense well, pushing the group to press higher up the field and compress space in midfield. This aggressiveness translated to good forward passes to break lines and initiate counter-attacks quickly.
Player's Champions League Week 2
Team Aspire vs. Team Gamechanger: 10-8
Defense was in short supply in this match-up, with 18 goals scored in a wild and entertaining game. Emma Jaskaniec picked up where she left off in week 1, and was involved in every goal as Team Aspire jumped out to a five-goal lead. Just when it looked like the rout was on, Team Gamechanger showed some life with goals from Aryssa Mahrt and Alyssa Rivera. Team Aspire would pull away again, including the best goal of the match from Caitlin Shilling before Team Gamechangers finally got to grips defensively. Driven on by the tough tackling of Rylee sammons, Team Gamechanger scored four goals in the final 10 minutes (two goals each from Mahrt and Anna Franceschi) to provide a late scare for Team Aspire.
Team Develop vs. Team Achieve: 7-4
This match was a tight back and forth affair, with teams trading goals for most of the game. Trailing 4-3 as the game entered the final 20 minutes, Team Develop began to take over, scoring the next 4 goals for a 7-4 win. Rachel Dallet scored twice and Kylie Gress grabbed the game’s final goal. Jadyn Rupnow was impressive, finishing with assists on 3 of Team Develop’s goals. Team Achieve struggled in front of goal, but were anchored well by Becca Cheever and Maria Nordness.