Indoor soccer - arena soccer - whatever you call it, it is all the same. Or at least it's about to be.
The league which introduced the Wichita B-52's in 2013, the Professional Arena Soccer League, announced Monday that it will join the Major Indoor Soccer League in an effort to combine their teams and create the 24-team Major Arena Soccer League in 2014-15.
The superleague will feature teams nationwide, from New York to California, and three teams from Mexico. The B-52's were a part of what was formerly the 21-team PASL, which will cut ties with three clubs (Illinois, Cleveland, Sacramento) and bring in 6 teams from the previous 7-team version of MISL.
The merger unites the B-52's with the same opponents who formerly played the Wichita Wings, which disbanded prior to the formation of the B-52's.
"It gives us a chance to play the Kansas City Comets, so we'll have that I-35 rivalry. And the Milwaukee Wave - these are teams the Wings were playing back in the 1970's and 80's," said B-52's director of corporate communications Cory Capps.
Capps says the B-52's expect to be informed of the league's rules and divisions sometime in June. Scoring will present an interesting decision by the league's owners, considering the the PASL counts a goal as one point, while the MISL scores a goal depending on where it was kicked, worth up to the three points.
The MASL is expected to release a schedule in September.