Indy City Futbol Brings Goals to Westside Indy Park
Big Car’s neighborhood-based soccer program Indy City Futbol program turns four this year, and for the last three years, the League has played at various green spaces in neighborhoods around Indianapolis.
Today, Indy City Futbol announced a continuing partnership with Holladay Properties that will keep the League at Central Green on the near west side. One of Indy Park’s newest park areas, Central Green is an athletic track and field built primarily for American Football. In 2016, Indy City Futbol made it their mission to obtain six permanent goals that would remain at Central Green to be used by the League as well as the neighbors and schools around the developments at Central State.
The goals were delivered today and assembled by a crew of Indy City Futbol volunteers: Josh Baker, Brady Pierce, Jeff Bumgardner, Jordan Updike & Kurt Nettleton. A few members of Garfield AC and Bates Hendricks FC finished the assembly and christened the goals with a pre-season friendly scrimmage match.
Indy Parks Director Linda Broadfoot expressed gratitude for the neighborhood-first approach of the League. “It’s great to see Indy City Futbol players teaming up with local companies to bring soccer equipment to the neighborhood at Central Green. As one of our newest park areas, Central Green is our only artificial turf multi-purpose field.”
Indy City Futbol is a unique neighborhood-themed recreational soccer league. With games played at Indy Parks and Recreation’s track and athletic field at Central State (approx. 200 N. Tibbs Ave), neighborhood teams with names like Irvington FC and Garfield Athletic Club compete for the League trophy and the chance to claim the title as best soccer team in the city. European football-style crests for each team created by designer Ross Shafer adorn the players’ shirts at each competition, solidifying the neighborhood focus of each team.
But this isn’t just another recreational league.
Teams are not only judged on wins and losses, but can earn additional points by volunteering together in their neighborhoods, or by commuting together to the games. These points count towards a team’s overall standings, incentivizing good citizenship in addition to good play. An additional trophy - the Christel House DORS Volunteer Trophy - is given to the team that’s most engaged throughout the year.
“Indy City Futbol not only facilitates the fun and camaraderie that soccer brings to its players, but the kind of community engagement that can only come from getting out and being present with your neighbors,” said League Commissioner Jordan Updike.
“We’ve been excited to work with such a great group of sponsors and partners, including Reverie Estates, Indy Eleven and Holladay Properties” said Big Car Executive Director Jim Walker, “It’s because of their commitment, and some very generous Indy City Futbol players that we’re now able to start giving back even more to our neighborhoods.”
“Holladay Properties is excited to partner with Indy City Futbol on the purchase and use of new soccer goals out at Central State,” said Holladay Properties developer Derek Naber. “As master developer for the entire redevelopment project, we know the importance of strategic programming in order to revitalize a neighborhood and Indy City Futbol is the perfect group to bring to Central State.”
Indy City Futbol is also continuing its 4 year partnership with Indy Eleven. “We’ve been proud to be a part of Indy City Futbol’s development since Day 1,” said Indy Eleven Marketing Manager Katie Donnar. “Indy Eleven is focused on bringing the world’s game to the people of Indianapolis; not just through our professional players in the stadium, but to the neighborhood kids who dream of being those players themselves. Indy City Futbol’s focus on developing neighborhoods through soccer couldn’t be a better fit for our team.”
Each partner will be participating in the League’s “Signing Day”, a pre-season party on May 10th at 7pm at Big Car’s Tube Factory at 1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, IN 46203.
Players over 18 may register for only $120 at www.indycityfutbol.com; games will be played on Wednesday evenings from May 17th through August 16th, with the champion crowned at halftime of an autumn Indy Eleven game.