August 22, 2013
A new era in Wichita indoor soccer took flight Thursday. The Wichita B-52s were introduced at a press conference at Hartman Arena.
The expansion team represents a new chapter in Wichita's illustrious indoor soccer history which dates back to 1979. The B-52s will begin their first season in the Professional Arena Soccer League at Hartman Arena this November.
Team President Joseph Pindell and Head Coach Larry Inlow unveiled the new name and logo. The logo features an ascending B-52 plane and its blue and orange colors pay tribute to the original colors of the Wichita Wings.
Pindell, a Moberly, Missouri native and former St. Louis Rams sales executive, is looking forward to building on Wichita's indoor soccer legacy. "This has been a great market for indoor soccer in the past and it can be again," said Pindell. "This is Wichita's team and it's a responsibility I don't take lightly."
The first Head Coach of the B-52s will be former Wings assistant coach and defender Larry Inlow. Inlow, who also played for the San Diego Sockers and Florida Thundercats, coached the Wichita Gunners in the Premier Arena Soccer League, which is now the developmental league of the PASL.
"As someone who has been here and played here, it's a tremendous opportunity for me to be involved and to have a chance to put a winning team on the field here," said Inlow. "I want to thank Joseph Pindell for putting his faith in me and I am anxious for the season to start."
The PASL plays a 16-game regular season which begins in November and concludes with the Ron Newman Cup playoffs in March.
The team's website, which should be completed in early September, will be www.b52soccer.com. In the meantime you can follow the team at www.facebook.com/wichitab52s. For more information contact Joseph Pindell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Professional Arena Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League
The PASL is a professional league which began play on October 25, 2008. The league, which will begin its sixth season in November, is the largest and longest-running arena soccer organization in the US. The Tulsa Revolution, Laredo Honey Badgers, Ontario Fury, and Wichita, KS have been added for the 2013/14 season. The PASL-Premier just concluded its 16th season as the nation's top amateur arena soccer league and the official developmental league of the PASL. Both the PASL and PASL-Premier are members of Federacion Internacional de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA).
Wichita's new professional indoor soccer team will be called the B-52s. Details of the new team were announced at a news conference this morning.
The B-52s will play at Hartman Arena as part of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL).
The team will be coached by Larry Inlow, who graduated from Southeast High School in 1993. Inlow has many years of professional soccer playing experience, including five seasons with the Wichita Wings.
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.