THE WORLD'S GAME, INDIANA'S TEAM
The return of professional soccer to the Circle City was made official on January 16, 2013, when Keystone Group CEO Ersal Ozdemir announced the formation of the organization known initially as Indy Pro Soccer. Just over three months later, the new club would adopt its Indy Eleven identity on April 25, 2013, during a ceremony held at the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis - 152 years to the day of the initial enlistment of the 11th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War.
After 15 months of anticipation, Indy Eleven played its inaugural game at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium on April 12, 2014, a 1-1 draw against the Carolina Railhawks. That match marked the first of 14 sellouts in as many games for “Indiana’s Team” during its 2014 Inaugural Season, the first of four contested in the North American Soccer League.
Indy Eleven began a new era in January 2018, announcing a move to the then-United Soccer League (and now USL Championship) on January 10, followed by a move to Lucas Oil Stadium as its new home on January 29.
The mission of Indy Eleven – “To win championships with and for the community” – stays true to its aim of fielding a team that will represent Indiana proudly on and off the field. From the beginning, Indy Eleven has looked to create a team representative of Indiana that forms strong emotional connections with its fans. Those connections – embodied in the team’s symbolic name, crest, and colors – are
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