The Milwaukee Wave is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1984, they have been the oldest continuously operating professional soccer team in the United States and currently play in the Major Arena Soccer League.
|Stadium||UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena|
|Head Coach||Giuliano Olivero |
|League||Major Arena Soccer League|
|2017–18||1st, Central Division|
The team was founded on August 3, 1984, as a member of the American Indoor Soccer Association and has played in every season and incarnation of that league (see MISL). Milwaukee also hosted the 2003 and 2006 MISL II All-Star Games.
Keith Tozer was the team's coach for 21 years before leaving to become United States national futsal team head coach. While with the Wave, he was the all-time winningest coach in North American indoor soccer, with six league championships and more than 700 wins.
After the 2013–2014 season, the team announced that it was leaving the MISL along with five other teams and join the MASL.
In 2014 the ownership group ROC Ventures, headed by Mike Zimmerman, became a partner in the team's ownership. 
Just before the 2014–15 season began, the Wave replaced their traditional green artificial turf with a black turf to match the team's colors and marketing strategy. Reception by fans and the press was mixed but generally positive.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Tony Pierce||2010||1985–1991, 1992–1993|
|Greg Howes||2011||2000–2008, 2011–2012|
|Michael Richardson||2012||1994–1995, 1996–2000|
|Year||League||Reg. Season||Playoffs||Avg. Attend.|
|1984–85||AISA||6th AISA, 13–27||Did not qualify||2,114|
|1985–86||AISA||6th AISA, 11–29||Did not qualify||1,802|
|1986–87||AISA||4th North, 12–30||Did not qualify||2,316|
|1987–88||AISA||3rd AISA, 11–13||3rd place, 6–6||3,066|
|1988–89||AISA||2nd AISA, 24–16||Lost Semifinal||6,442|
|1989–90||AISA||2nd National, 21–19||Lost Semifinal||7,147|
|1990–91||NPSL II||2nd National, 23–17||Lost First Round||6,526|
|1991–92||NPSL II||4th National, 18–22||Did not qualify||7,629|
|1992–93||NPSL II||5th National, 17–23||Did not qualify||7,759|
|1993–94||NPSL II||4th National, 20–20||Lost First Round||7,326|
|1994–95||NPSL II||3rd National, 23–17||Lost First Round||7,108|
|1995–96||NPSL II||2nd National, 30–10||Lost Division Semifinal||7,363|
|1996–97||NPSL II||2nd Midwest, 26–14||Lost Conference Quarterfinal||7,975|
|1997–98||NPSL II||1st Central, 28–12||Won Championship||7,903|
|1998–99||NPSL II||2nd Central, 25–15||Lost Conference Semifinal||8,453|
|1999–2000||NPSL II||1st North, 31–13||Won Championship||8,002|
|2000–01||NPSL II||1st National, 24–16||Won Championship||8,310|
|2001–02||MISL II||1st MISL, 34–10||Lost Championship||6,665|
|2002–03||MISL II||1st Western, 28–9||Lost Championship||7,096|
|2003–04||MISL II||1st Central, 26–9||Lost Championship||6,012|
|2004–05||MISL II||1st MISL, 24–15||Won Championship||3,675|
|2005–06||MISL II||3rd MISL, 17–13||Lost Semifinal||4,352|
|2006–07||MISL II||4th MISL, 16–14||Lost Semifinal||4,618|
|2007–08||MISL II||2nd MISL, 22–8||Lost Semifinal||4,367|
|2008–09||XSL||3rd XSL, 10–10||No Playoffs||4,247|
|2009–10||MISL III||1st MISL, 14–6||Lost Championship||3,934|
|2010–11||MISL III||2nd MISL, 15–5||Won Championship||4,531|
|2011–12||MISL III||1st Central, 18–6||Won Championship||3,955|
|2012–13||MISL III||2nd MISL, 21–5||Lost Semifinals||5,068|
|2013–14||MISL III||2nd MISL, 16–4||Lost Semifinals||4,906|
|2014–15||MASL||2nd Central, 13–7||Lost Division Finals||2,961|
|2015–16||MASL||3rd Central, 13–7||Lost Division Finals||3,104 |
|2016–17||MASL||2nd Central, 13–7||Lost Conference Final||3,793|
|2017–18||MASL||1st Central, 17–6||Lost Conference Final||4,101|
Win % = .597
|1984–1985, 1985–1986||Dave Johnson|
The Milwaukee Wave United is the official reserve team for the Milwaukee Wave. The Wave United is involved in local premier leagues around the area of Milwaukee, and call the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena their home as well. While playing their home games at the "Panther" they take the field against the Major division clubs of Wisconsin. The Wave United's uniform colors are Black and Red with White trim. The Wave United has been coached by Wave assistant coach Mark Litton.
The 2009–10 Major Indoor Soccer League is the sophomore season for the league, and first under the revived MISL banner. 32 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer. The members of the MISL's second season teams are the Baltimore Blast, the Milwaukee Wave, the Monterrey La Raza, the Philadelphia KiXX, and the Rockford Rampage.
The season kicked off on November 13, 2009, with the NISL champion, Baltimore Blast, welcoming the Rockford Rampage. The regular season concluded on March 21, 2010, with the Rockford Rampage hosting Monterrey La Raza.
This year also marks the first season since the KiXX founding that they will play at a new arena, the Liacouras Center, on the campus of Temple University.Shortly before the season began, the league was re-branded as the Major Indoor Soccer League.
The season for each team has expanded to twenty games, so each team this year will play ten home and ten away games. However, due to arena conflicts with Temple University, the Kixx will play eight home games and twelve road games.
On March 9, 2010, with an 11-6 win over the Rockford Rampage, the Milwaukee Wave clinched the first playoff spot. This continues the Wave's tradition of making the playoffs every season in a league named MISL. This also marks the fifteenth season since the 1993–1994 NPSL for the Wave to qualify for the playoffs.2010–11 Major Indoor Soccer League season
The 2010–11 Major Indoor Soccer League season is the third season for the league, and second under the MISL banner. Also 33 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer.
Three new teams, the Omaha Vipers, the Missouri Comets, and the Chicago Riot joined the league prior to the season's beginning.2011–12 Major Indoor Soccer League season
The 2011–12 Major Indoor Soccer League season was the third under the MISL banner and fourth season overall. Also 34 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer. The season would end with the Milwaukee Wave winning their sixth title in franchise history and second MISL title in a row.
In May 2011, the United Soccer Leagues announced it had entered into an agreement with the MISL to operate the indoor league. In September, the Chicago Kick announced that they were unable to secure an arena in time to begin play for 2011–12, but planned to join the MISL in 2012–13.
Besides the aborted team in Chicago, other franchises were added in Syracuse, Norfolk, Rochester and Wichita. Of the four, the reborn Rochester Lancers were the most successful, finishing second in league attendance and qualifying for the league playoffs.2012–13 Major Indoor Soccer League season
The 2012–13 Major Indoor Soccer League season is the second under the United Soccer Leagues banner, fourth under the MISL name, and the fifth season overall. It is also the 35 season of professional Division 1 indoor soccer. The season started on November 2, 2012 and ended on March 3, 2013.2013–14 Major Indoor Soccer League season
The 2013–14 Major Indoor Soccer League season is the third under the United Soccer Leagues banner, fifth under the MISL name, and the sixth season overall. The season began on November 15 and concluded on March 2. Each team played a 20-game schedule. This was the final season for this third incarnation of the MISL. 6 of the 7 teams joined the Professional Arena Soccer League, later renamed Major Arena Soccer League.2016–17 Major Arena Soccer League season
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The 2017–18 Major Arena Soccer League season is the tenth season for the league. The regular season started on October 28, 2017, and ended on March 4, 2018. Each team played a 22-game schedule. The Baltimore Blast won their third straight Ron Newman Cup Championship by defeating the Monterrey Flash 4–3 on March 25.Chad Ashton
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James Banks (born September 2, 1964 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a retired U.S.soccer defender. After a standout career at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Banks spent six seasons playing indoor soccer with the Milwaukee Wave. He also earned 35 caps with the national team between 1986 and 1991, including two games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Since retiring from playing professionally, Banks has entered the coaching ranks with both youth clubs and the Milwaukee School of Engineering men's team. His current key roles as a coach is to better students through his favorite phrases of "Wack!", "We need those!", and "Let it rip!".
Bank’s recently discovered the restaurant chain “Pizza Ranch”. Banks commonly takes the MSOE men’s team to the restaurant chain for post game meals.Johnny Torres
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The Major Indoor Soccer League was the top professional indoor soccer league in the United States. The league was a member of both the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA. The MISL had replaced the NPSL which folded in 2001. According to MISL.net, the league ceased operations as of May 31, 2008. "We are considering structural changes that will bring us greater efficiencies, while also allowing long term growth and expansion of the League", said John Hantz, former Chairman of the MISL, and Owner/Operator of the Detroit Ignition. All the teams from MISL went to the new indoor leagues: NISL, PASL and the XSL. The NISL and XSL used the same playing rules as the MISL.Milwaukee Wave United
The Milwaukee Wave United was an American professional soccer team, which last played in the A-League, the American second division.
The Wave United was formed and joined the A-League after the Milwaukee Rampage folded in 2002. The team announced that it would withdraw from the A-League on November 9, 2004 and play an exhibition schedule starting in 2005.
The Wave United were affiliated with the Milwaukee Wave, an indoor team.Nick Perera
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The XSL officially launched on September 16, 2008, with a press conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brian Loftin was the XSL's commissioner. Each team played a 20-game schedule beginning in December and ending in late March. There were no playoffs.On December 3, 2008, the XSL announced that Brine would supply the Triumph X 600 as the official match ball.
Citing economic trouble, the XSL folded in July 2009. Although the league officially called it a one-year hiatus, the league never resumed play.
See also: Former Professional Arena Soccer League teams
Sports teams based in Wisconsin
Category:Sports teams in Wisconsin