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The Absolutely True* History of the LIPAFC

By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 11/08/19, 10:53AM EST

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Eastern Conference Final between Indy, LouCity will add to storied rivalry’s past


Louisville City FC forward Luke Spencer was one to suffer the toll of battle in the last LIPAFC held in Indianapolis. Former teammate Kyle Smith also suffered serious injury in prior battles, and was forced to retire to a hospice in Kissimmee, Florida.

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second consecutive year, Indy Eleven and Louisville City FC will meet in the USL Championship Playoffs, with the prize at stake on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m. ET | Preview) the right to host the 2019 USL Championship Final on Sunday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2 | ESPN Deportes).

But while many might look at the rivalry and think its first iteration came in the Third Round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – when Louisville took a 2-0 victory in extra time behind goals from Nathan Polak and Sidney Rivera at Mike A. Carroll Stadium – the Louisville Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest has a far longer history.

Thanks to online historians, the stories of those long-ago meetings have now been brought to light. We’re pleased to bring you their memories, and those tales that have been passed down over the generations that have made the LIPAFC the rivalry it is today.

Because, obviously, everything you read on Twitter is true. 

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