WICHITA, Kan. (January 7, 2017) – FC Wichita is proud to announce expansion into the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for 2017.
The WPSL was formed in 1998 and is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), in affiliation with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body of soccer in the United States. The WPSL is an independent league with over 100 teams participating from all over the United States. Official conference alignments and the final schedule have not yet been released, however, natural rivalries seem certain with teams in nearby markets such as Dallas, Des Moines, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
A press conference has been set to announce the team and the founding partnerships which make it possible. The conference will be at 3:00p.m. on February 23, 2017 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located inside the Wichita Boathouse at 515 S. Wichita St, Wichita, Ks 67202. Bob Hanson, CEO of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, invites all of Wichita to share in this historic moment.
“The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is the perfect venue to announce the first women’s soccer team in our cities great history,” said GM Larry Inlow. “This is such a special moment for all of us, being a part of an organization that is willing to invest in local female athletes is simply a blessing. Our office is buzzing with a since of pride for the inaugural players, the women athletes who paved the way, and most importantly the young girls who will now have local hero’s to inspire, teach and tutor them. For those who haven’t realized, this is the only women’s professional or semi-professional team in town, these women are true pioneers!”
In 2017 the FC Wichita roster will look very familiar to local soccer fans as management believes in the importance of building the women’s team with homegrown talent. “We want to showcase Wichita’s top players, it’s a way for them to give back to their community and for FC Wichita to follow through with our mission to help bring Wichita together through athletics and inspire local children to believe in their dreams,” said CEO Blake Shumaker. “The majority of our players are using the game they fell in love with as child to fund their education as an adult. This inaugural season makes a statement far beyond the game of soccer, it’s something we will always remember and will be even more special if the players are true Wichitans.”
The club is set to start announcing player signings in the coming week, but for now it will keep the coaching staff a bit of a mystery. “We feel like the press conference is the best time to announce our staff and head coach, we know soccer fans will love our hires and we owe the coaches proper introductions.” Larry Inlow.
FC Wichita’s inaugural women’s schedule and season ticket package is set to be released by February 10th.
DID YOU KNOW?
■ More than 3.3 million girls participate in high school sports in America.
■ 42 percent of intercollegiate athletes are women.
■ Women make up 58 percent of participants at running events.
How is it logical that less than half of 1 percent is invested in women’s sports?
Considering these facts, the sponsorship of women’s leagues and female athletes is an incredible bargain and opportunity. Corporations can create partnerships with far less investment than in men’s sports and yet appeal to the female (and male) consumer segment in different ways.
“Sponsoring women’s sport is a tangible way for businesses to demonstrate that they care about the girls and women in their workforce,” Sally Horrox, founder of Y Sport. “In a cynical world, it’s about actions speaking louder than words.”
Businesses from around the City of Wichita are set to get behind a newly formed non-profit foundation, the “Together For Wichita Foundation” with the goal of providing all local boys and girls an opportunity to play sports regardless of their gender, their race or economic situation. To help support the growth of the foundation simply use the hash tag #TogehterForWichita. Donations can be made to the start-up fund HERE.