The original World Collegiate Soccer Championship grew out of the excitement generated in 1983 by the United States – Mexico national team match played in Juarez Mexico as part of the 26 event El Paso, Juarez International Games.
Inspired by the success of that event, Soccerfest International’s Senior Executive Director Robert Azar conceived of the initial collegiate champion series and managed it from 1984 – 1992.
Hosted by four cities in two countries using a variety of formats, the WCSC drew crowds that dwarfed those at other U.S.-based soccer events in the time. Matches registered some of the largest tournament crowds to witness college soccer to that point. Participating countries included Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Representing the United States were Division I champions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Collegiate powerhouses participating included the likes of Clemson University, Indiana University, Santa Clara University, and UCLA.
Participating teams in the 1992 championship, for example, were Lynn & Purdue Universities (United States), Tokai University (Japan), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of Geneva (Switzerland), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), University of Stuttgart (Germany), and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico). Participants in the championships included the National Hall of Fame Soccer inductee Paul Caligiuri (left), who played on the UCLA Bruins team that won the 1986 WCSC.