The NPSL Annual Owners meeting kicked off this weekend in the crescent city of New Orleans.
Throughout the 3 day event, owners have the opportunity to fine tune the long term growth model, while also participating in 2018 season breakout sessions within the conference, and the regional levels.
Over 100 league owners are in attendance at this years AOM, representing 3,200 NPSL players, and accounting for nearly 600 total league matches played in 2017.
Wichita enters next season as one of the winningest NPSL teams during the previous three years. The Boys In Red are coming off yet another Conference Championship in 2017, making it 3 trophies in just 3 years.
In addition to another conference crown, Wichita has again secured a third straight US Open Cup. That’s already 3 cup births earned in just 3 seasons of play. “Open Cup qualification is an annual goal for us,” said FC Wichita Director of Soccer Larry Inlow. “We secured our historic first Open Cup win this year, and advanced into the second round where we had a team from the USL on the ropes. We lost a heartbreaker in overtime, but we certainly plan to build on that during this years tournament.”
The club ownership is ambitious about expansion, moving it’s operational headquarters to 420 S. Emporia St, in downtown Wichita. The new office is set to open to the public on December 18, 2017. “We wanted to be accessible for our fans, sponsors, and players,” said CEO Blake Shumaker. “We now have space not only for operational staff, but also a ticket office, merchandise store, and a classroom to educate our players and coaches.”
City of Wichita management has also taken notice of that growth. In just three years FC Wichita has shown the value of professional outdoor soccer to the community, and helped bring youth soccer back to a forgotten facility. Those efforts have been generously rewarded by the city council, who has recently approved plans to invest more then $20 Million in Star Bonds into the Stryker Soccer Complex. “Although construction hasn’t started yet, and the completion date will be late for our 2018 season, the atmosphere in our office is absolutely electric,” said Shumaker. “We are all looking forward to continuing to reach our goals, and to exceed our supporters expectations.
2018 season schedule & ticket packages will be released in the coming weeks.