Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has announced it has taken on a developmental league team. Indy Eleven NPSL, formerly known as Indiana Fire NPSL, will begin competing in 2016 in the National Premier Soccer League. President Peter Wilt says the partnership will "deepen" the organization’s connection to talent, particularly in the Midwest.
He says "Indy Eleven will provide the resources necessary to make the successful program Mark Webber and John Simmonds have built in the last two years even stronger." Webber and Simmonds serve as general manager and head coach for the NPSL organization, respectively.
The NPSL team was previously aligned with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. Webber says "this new relationship with Indy Eleven expands our organization to a ‘State of Indiana team’ as opposed to a team embodied by one club."
Indy Eleven and Indy Eleven NPSL will host joint tryouts December 19-20.