World Cup excitement increases amount of kids registering for soccer

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INDIANAPOLIS – Mass Avenue in Indianapolis looked different Tuesday with nearly 7000 Indiana soccer fans cheering on the USA team at the Indy Eleven Block Party.

Even though the Americans lost to Belgium during Tuesday’s World Cup game, soccer in Indiana is increasing in popularity.

Indy Parks tells FOX59 all this World Cup excitement is attracting new players.

“This is a very unique experience for soccer fans before the fourth of July. We wanted to come be a part of the patriotism,” said Jason Hogan.

Hogan and son Lucas joined the fun Tuesday. It was actually Lucas’ idea to be a part of the Indy Eleven World Cup block party.

“He brought me! He talked me into it last night,” said Hogan.

“The last five years soccer has grown tremendously in Indiana,” said Paco Espinosa with Indiana Soccer.

He says it’s no surprise parents like Hogan are getting into soccer because of their kids.

“We have a lot of children that are getting more involved in the sport. The parents are learning more about it and bringing the kids to play soccer and events like this,” said Espinosa.

Indiana Soccer has more than 65,000 kids between 5 – 18 playing in their programs.

Indy Eleven Goalkeeper and Zionsville native Nathan Sprenker is happy to hear soccer in Indiana is becoming more popular.

“Four years ago at the world cup, I had to go to my buddy’s house and watch the game,” said Nathan Sprenker.

If your child wants to play soccer in Indianapolis, registration for Indiana Soccer leagues is open right now for early fall.

Cost to play starts at $50 per child.

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