SEPTEMBER 2021 - BOYS
Topping the list is Chadwick International School from the KAIAC in South Korea. Chadwick are the reigning champions of the KAIAC in 2019, and were also champions of the 2021 Korea Cup, which stood in place of the regular league tournament and had fewer teams participating. Coach David Snipes, who both leads the team as head coach and also oversees the Chadwick athletic department, is hopeful that the team can keep their winning tradition alive with what he describes as an exciting crop of players in the program. Snipes will look to the influence of brothers Charlie and Nate Kim, as well as exciting attacker Thomas Kong to take the program into the new season, while relying on the sturdy experience of players like senior center back/fullback Andrew Park to keep the team resilient at the back.
Also representing the KAIAC on this list are Yongsan International School of Seoul (9) and Seoul Foreign School (22). Yongsan were runners up in the KAIAC Championship in 2019, while Seoul Foreign have a very deep squad with loads of talent to potentially challenge for a KAIAC title.
Our second pick is also from the Asian continent, this time from the island nation of Singapore: United World College SE Asia, Dover Campus. UWC Dover enter the new academic year with two championship titles to their name from their last competitive soccer season. They were champions of the SEASAC 7s tournament at Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2019, and they also won the Singaporean International School League in autumn of 2019. Though they will miss the likes of Ivor Teagle and Tejas Sarna, who will be playing their first seasons at College of the Holy Cross (NCAA Division 1) and Swarthmore College (NCAA Division III) respectively, as well as Nico Anstee, who returns to Australia to begin his secondary education, they have a great group of younger players eager to excite and lead the program to another SEASAC title. Among these are Connar Mackay, Kosei Igarashi, and Shlok Kaul, who is fresh off trials at several professional academies in Europe. Also in the Top 25 are SEASAC opponents NIST International School from Bangkok (13th) and local rivals Singapore American School (6th), who were most recent champions of the IASIS conference (Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools).
Rounding out the top 3 is the American School of Paris (ASP). ASP earned the title of Champions of the International School Sports Tournament (ISST) in 2019 after defeating Zurich International School (ZIS) in the final. The game went to penalties after finishing 2-2 in regulation, and ASP were able to convert the additional penalty, winning 5-4. The win was an especially impressive achievement against such a difficult opponent; ZIS were tournament champions of the Sports Conference of International Schools (SCIS) in addition to ISST finalists, and as such, come in at the 8th spot on our rankings.
Other notable inclusions are Zurich International School (Switzerland, 8th), American School of London (UK, 11th), and Scots College (New Zealand, 17). Sneaking in and rounding out the list are two Brazilian international schools: St Paul’s School (24) and Graded School - The American School of Sao Paulo (25), also located in Sao Paulo.
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