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Indiana Fire Academy North Stamped as Eleventh Member of Indy Eleven Youth Soccer Program

November 28, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Indy Eleven News Release


INDIANAPOLIS/MIDDLEBURY, Ind. - Indy Eleven is proud to welcome Indiana Fire Academy North of Elkhart County as the newest member of the Indy Eleven Youth Soccer Program.

The Indy Eleven Youth Soccer Program is designed to increase accessibility to soccer in communities and encourage players, coaches, referees, and parents to grow their passion for the sport by supporting the recreational soccer programs at member clubs.

"It is important for Indy Eleven to reach out to every corner of the state if we truly want to be Indiana's Team, and the addition of Indiana Fire Academy North into our Youth Soccer Program provides our first official presence in the Michiana area. We thank IFA-North for their partnership and look forward to growing the sport together in Elkhart County alongside their dedicated players, coaches, volunteers, and families," said Greg Stremlaw, Indy Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer.

Indiana Fire Academy North is, fittingly, the eleventh club to join Indy Eleven's grass roots initiative that will continue to grow annually and support more than 15,000 young players at the recreational level across the State of Indiana.

Founded in 1995 as Magic Soccer Club, Indiana Fire Academy North is a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote the growth of soccer in the community and provide all children, regardless of economic circumstances, with the opportunity to develop to their full potential both on and off the field. The club features a comprehensive player development pathway with Recreation, Rec+, and travel programming, from ages 4-19. This year, more than 600 youth players participated in Magic SC's soccer programs.

"IFA North is proud to partner with Indy Eleven to grow the game of soccer in our community. Indy Eleven's Youth Program is a proven model to enhance recreational programming by providing numerous resources to players, families, and coaches," said Technical Director Christian Hall. "This partnership is an exciting development for our Pre-Academy and MYSL programming. Indy Eleven's player-focused methodology and passion for the sport is a perfect fit for our club."

The now 11 Indy Eleven Youth Soccer Program partners from across the Hoosier State currently include:

The Canterbury Football Club (Allen County)

Circle City Futbol Club (Marion County)

Danville Optimist Youth Soccer League (Hendricks County)

Delaware County Futbol Club (Delaware County)

Glendale Soccer Association (Marion County)

Impact Soccer Club (Hancock County)

Indiana Fire Academy North (Elkhart County)

Komets Fútbol Club (Morgan County)

Jasper Youth Soccer (Dubois County)

South Central Soccer Academy (SCSA) (Johnson County)

Westfield Youth Soccer Association (WYSA)/Indiana Fire Juniors (Hamilton County)

As part of the program, each registered recreational player will represent Indiana's Team by wearing variations of Indy Eleven jerseys at their respective clubs and receive tickets to an Indy Eleven match.

Further assets available to member clubs includes but is not limited to: technical coaching expertise via the Indy Eleven Technical Staff and Youth Development Program Staff; access to additional educational resources for players, parents, coaches, and referees; the creation of revenue-generating partnership opportunities; and an Indy Eleven Soccer Festival event at Youth Soccer Program clubs that brings their rec soccer communities together in celebration of the sport.

Clubs interested in learning more or becoming the newest member of the Indy Eleven Youth Soccer Rec Program can visit indyeleven.com/rec-program or contact Brad Hauter, Indy Eleven Vice President, Marketing & Club Growth, at bhauter@indyeleven.com for more details.


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