INDY CITY FUTBOL began with a phone call.
During a CEOs for Cities conference in Detroit, JIM WALKER of BIG CAR was struck by an innovative placemaking program. Designed to bring neighbors together through sport, DETROIT CITY FUTBOL was using soccer as a means to bring people together. He gave pal and fellow troublemaker JORDAN UPDIKE a ring...
...and the League was born.
Indy City Futbol brings Indianapolis neighbors together through soccer. Teams play against other neighborhood teams, developing new friendships, building a stronger sense of community, strengthening neighborhood identities, and becoming more physically active.
The Indy City Futbol league is co-ed and encourages players to enjoy each other and embrace community, sustainability, and volunteerism more than competitiveness.
We started with the logo, crafted by Andy Fry of Big Car. Since teams in the Indy City Futbol league represent neighborhoods in the urban core of Indianapolis, each team has its own European football-style crest, created with loving care by renowned Indianapolis designer, Ross Shafer.
Co-ed neighborhood teams compete against one another in 50-minute-long 8 v 8 matches for the Indy City Futbol Championship Trophy. Teams are recognized for wins and losses, but also earn additional standings points by volunteering together, commuting together, and biking or walking to games.
Since 2014, Indy City Futbol has sparked hundreds of hours of responsible transit, volunteerism, and social engagement. We've provided goals to a near west-side park, introduced neighbors and even facilitated a couple marriages. It's never perfect, but we strive to build strong relationships and engaged citizenship through good sportsmanship.
,,,and, oh yeah, we've played a lot of futbol.