Club Confirms Its Women’s Pre-Professional Squad Will Compete Under the Indy Eleven Banner; Westfield’s Grand Park Events Center to Serve as Venue for Five of Six Regular Season Home Matches, Including W League Opener on May 6
TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS –Alongside the United Soccer League, Indy Eleven today announced the 12-match calendar that will comprise the Inaugural Season for the organization’s entry in the USL W League, the new nationwide women’s pre-professional league kicking off this spring.
The organization also made official that its Women’s Senior Team participating in the W League will compete using the Indy Eleven identity and utilize the same name, logos, PUMA jerseys, and other branding initiatives as its Men’s First Team in the USL Championship and the Academy squads representing Indiana’s Team in USL Academy competitions.
“Our organization is proud to have these women that will represent the club on the field and in the community do so under the Indy Eleven banner,” said Indy Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “We believe the widely-established standard of branding all teams associated with a club under the same identity that is used across the world’s greatest soccer teams helps to promote unity. We know our W League players, coaches, and staff will feel that same level of pride and respect when they wear our crest and colors starting in May.”
Like its Men’s First Team and Academy set-ups, the Indy Eleven W League side will call the Grand Park Sports Campus its home for training sessions beginning when the squad gathers in April. Indy Eleven will also host five of its six W League regular season home dates at Grand Park in the facility’s indoor Events Center on Field 2.
“Grand Park is one of the finest facilities in the country, which is why we have our Men’s Team, Academy, and now Women’s Senior Team all train here,” said Phil Presser, Indy Eleven Sporting Director, Academy Operations & W League. “As we piece this roster together, you will find that most of the players will have competed here prior with Indiana Fire ECNL, making the environment very familiar for the staff and the players. Almost as important, the youth academy will be up close and able to observe, train with, and watch games to further their development. The culture being created for the youth is exciting and one that we all want to be a part of.”
As announced on Wednesday, Indy Eleven will compete in the Great Lakes Division, an eight-team circuit that includes Indiana’s Team and clubs from Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Indy Eleven’s 12-game regular season slate against Great Lakes opposition – and, as the league’s schedule currently stands, the first match in W League history – will begin Friday, May 6, at Grand Park with a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff against Kings Hammer FC. The squad’s regular season and conclude on Saturday, July 9, as part of an Indy Eleven-Detroit City FC doubleheader at IUPUI Carroll Stadium that begins with the W League fixture at 2:00 p.m., followed by their USL Championship men’s tilt at 7:00 p.m. The squad will host four additional matches in between, including a three-week run of Friday 7:00 p.m. kickoffs in June against Midwest United FC (June 3), Flint City AFC (June 10), and Racing Louisville (June 17), and a 1:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 3, against Kalamazoo FC.
Continue below to see the team’s full 12-game regular season calendar and visit indyeleven.com/wleaguefor the most up-to-date version of the schedule and more details on Indy Eleven’s Senior Women’s Team.
“Today’s schedule is another exciting marker for everyone associated with the club from players to staff to fans,” said Indy Eleven W League Head Coach Paul Dolinsky. “It’s motivating to have dates that we can prepare and get excited for. With kickoff just a few months away, we’ll be busy in over the next month with more player and staffing announcements that should get fans even more excited for the opener on May 6.”Season Ticket Memberships for Indy Eleven’s 2022 USL Championship campaign are now on sale – and one of the many exclusive membership benefits include complimentary season tickets for the club’s W League season. Details regarding ticketing options specific to W League matches will be made public as kickoff to the inaugural season approaches this spring.
INDY ELEVEN 2022 USL W LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
Home teams listed first;
Indy Eleven home games held at Grand Park Events Center (Field 2) unless otherwise noted;
Broadcast information to be announced later
Dates subject to change; visit uslwleague.com for latest schedule details
Friday, May 6: Indy Eleven vs. Kings Hammer FC – 7:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, May 12: Flint City AFC vs. Indy Eleven – 7:00 p.m. ET
Friday, May 20: Racing Louisville vs. Indy Eleven – 7:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 28: AFC Ann Arbor vs. Indy Eleven – 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, June 3: Indy Eleven vs. Midwest United FC – 7:00 p.m. ET
Friday, June 10: Indy Eleven vs. Flint City AFC – 7:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 14: Kings Hammer FC vs. Indy Eleven – 7:00 p.m. ET
Friday, June 17: Indy Eleven vs. Racing Louisville – 7:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 21: Kalamazoo FC vs. Indy Eleven – 7:00 p.m. ET
Friday, July 1: Detroit City FC vs. Indy Eleven – 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, July 3: Indy Eleven vs. Kalamazoo FC – 1:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, July 9: Indy Eleven vs. Detroit City FC – 2:00 p.m. ET at IUPUI Carroll Stadium
- Part of Eleven/DCFC doubleheader that concludes with USL Championship match at 7:00 p.m. ET
For more information about the USL W League, visit uslwleague.com and follow the W League on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.