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 are the current champions of the Major Arena Soccer League.
|Stadium||UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena|
|Head Coach||Giuliano Olivero|
|League||Major Arena Soccer League|
|2018–19||1st, South Central Division|
The team plays their games at the UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena. The team colors are black, yellow and white.
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.
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.
|Entry date||Position||No.||Player||From club||Ref.|
|Exit date||Position||No.||Player||To club||Ref.|
|21 May 2019||DF||16||Florida Tropics|
|23 May 2019||MF||10||Florida Tropics|
|Dec 21st 2019 6||Milwaukee Wave||v||Mesquite Outlaws||Milwaukee|
Wave Hall of Fame inductees
|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, 28–8||Lost Championship||7,096|
|2003–04||MISL II||1st Central, 27–9||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, 17–5||Lost Conference Final||4,101|
|2018–19||MASL||1st South Central, 21-3||Won Championship||4,023|
Win % = .605
|1984–1985, 1985–1986||Dave Johnson|
- Keith Tozer missed parts of the 1997–98 & 1999–00 season coaching the US Futsal team. Both times, Art Kramer filled in.
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.
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