Indy Eleven Professional Soccer bolstered its player development efforts in November 2015, when the NASL side announced it would also field a team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) beginning in the 2016 season. Indy Eleven NPSL assumed the league membership of the outfit previously known as Indiana Fire NPSL from 2013-15 and retained the successful team’s leadership duo of General Manager Mark Webber and head coach John Simmonds.
What is the NPSL?
The NPSL - or National Premier Soccer League - is a national league in the fourth division of US Soccer’s pyramid, its more than 60 professional and amateur teams making it one of the largest national leagues in North America. The NPSL consists of both amateur and professional teams; even though it is partnering with a professional club in Indy Eleven on the business side of the operations, Indy Eleven NPSL will retain its status as an amateur club, with its players able to retain collegiate eligibility.
NPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup tournament through their affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). After captuing the NPSL's Midwest Division title in 2015, Indy Eleven NPSL will indeed be among the eight team's representing the NPSL in US Soccer's national championship tournament in 2016.
Where will Indy Eleven NPSL play?
Indy Eleven NPSL will call the magnificent Grand Park sports complex in north suburban Westfield its home for the 2016 season. All home games will be played on the complex's Championship Field.
Click here for a larger version of the below map of the Grand Park complex (the Championship Field is Field F1 on the map).
Click here for directions to Grand Park in Westfield.
Click here for ticket information for Indy Eleven NPSL games at Grand Park.
When will Indy Eleven NPSL play?
The bulk of Indy Eleven NPSL's 2016 schedule between May and July will consist of the 10-game regular season Great Lakes East Division (Midwest Conference) schedule, split between five home games and five away games (see graphic below). Three exhibitions games have also been finalized to fill in the summer calendar, a home-and-home series against Lansing United and a home contest against the Chicago Mustangs.
Click here to see the full NPSL Great Lakes East Division schedule and visit NPSL.com regularly to check on any updates made to the game calendar.
In addition, Indy Eleven NPSL has earned the honor to compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which serves as U.S. Soccer's national championship tournament (visit thecup.us for comprehensive coverage of the tournament). Indy Eleven NPSL will be one of 15 teams representing the NPSL when First Round play kicks off on Wednesday, May 11. U.S. Soccer will announce the First Round and potential Second Round match-ups on April 6; click here for full details on the format of the 102nd edition of the tournament in 2016 at USSoccer.com.
Who will play for Indy Eleven NPSL?
Indy Eleven NPSL has finalized the 38-man roster that will compete during its busy 2016 summer calendar. The roster, in accordnace with NPSL rules that dictate rosters must be fully amateur or professional, will fall into the amateur status category, including 33 players with collegiate eligibility remaining and five performers that are untied to professional clubs.
Indy Eleven NPSL Club History
In two short seasons, the now Indy Eleven NPSL program has established itself as one of the burgeoning powers in the NPSL. After going 7-4-3 during its first season in 2014, the squad finished 2015 with a 10-3-3 record and their first Midwest Region championship, earning the club a spot in the NPSL National Semifinals and a berth into the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, US Soccer's national championship tournament.
The club was founded in 2013 under the leadership of general manager Mark Webber and head coach John Simmonds, both of whom will continue to run the day-to-day operations of Indy Eleven NPSL. The squad competed in 2014 & 2015 under the Indiana Fire NPSL banner.
Contact Information & How to Follow
Indy Eleven NPSL GM Mark Webber - MarkNPSL@IndyEleven.com
Head Coach John Simmonds - JohnNPSL@IndyEleven.com
General Inquiries - infoNPSL@IndyEleven.com
Media Inquiries - John@IndyEleven.com
Indy Eleven NPSL has carried over its previous Facebook and Twitter homes from its Indiana Fire NPSL days, which can be accessed via the following links:
What They're Saying
Here's what Indy Eleven & Indy Eleven NPSL leadership had to say in November 2015 upon the announcement of the new partnership between the two clubs and in the buildup to the team's 2016 season ...
Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt: “The addition of Indy Eleven NPSL will deepen Indy Eleven’s connections with the top collegiate programs and players across the country, with a particular focus on the Midwest. Indy Eleven will provide the resources necessary to make the successful program Mark Webber and John Simmonds have built in the last two years even stronger.”
Indy Eleven NPSL General Manager Mark Webber: “Our NPSL team has had outstanding partners in the Chicago Fire and Indiana Fire Juniors the last two years. The guidance and financial support from the Fire and talent provided by Indiana Fire players has been an invaluable part of our initial succes. This new relationship with Indy Eleven expands our organization to a ‘State of Indiana team’ as opposed to a team embodied by one club.”
Indy Eleven NPSL head coach John Simmonds: “Developing a partnership with Indy Eleven, Indiana’s only professional soccer organization, is an exciting development for our team. This relationship will help significantly as we continue to identify college players and other amateurs who have the potential to move up the professional ranks, starting from the NPSL level. 2016 will be a landmark season for Indy Eleven NPSL as we begin this new partnership with Indy Eleven, prepare to compete in our first U.S. Open Cup game and defend our NPSL Midwest Region championship.”
Simmonds on the 2016 season: “The coaching staff has spent a lot of time compiling a roster for 2016 that can not only defend our Midwest Regional title, but go a couple steps further and compete for the NPSL championship. The team is very deep at every position, which lends to a competitive training environment. We are eager to get started in May and look forward to preparing this talented squad for both the U.S. Open Cup First Round game and our league opener soon to follow.”
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