August 20, 2013
A team from Wichita has been added to the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) for the 2013-14 season, the league announced today.
A news conference is scheduled Thursday at Hartman Arena where the team's name, logo, head coach and ownership will be revealed.
A league source tells KAKE Sports that the new Wichita team will not be allowed to be called the "Wings" due to the name's trademark with other ownership groups. The source also says the team's head coach will be from Wichita, carrying an "extremely good reputation."
The team's owner will be a 26 year-old from an NFL sales background, the source told KAKE's Shane Ewing.
The Wichita Wings folded earlier this year after two seasons.
The PASL started play in 2008. Teams in the PASL include the Dallas Sidekicks, The Tulsa Revolution and the San Diego Sockers.
The league is different from many other arena soccer leagues because it counts single-point goals, meaning multiple points cannot be scored at any point in the game.
Because the league uses a foul system in which teams get 5 fouls before sacrificing a player to penalty minutes, the teams tend to foul much less, meaning games move an average of ten minutes faster than Major Indoor Soccer League games. The Wichita Wings were a part of the MISL.
Much of the lack of fouling, though, is due to a ban on slide tackling in the league. The league says it bans slide tackling to protect its players.