The National Premier Soccer League Thursday announced that Arkansas Wolves FC has joined the league as an expansion team.
The Little Rock, Ark. club will begin competition in the South Region in 2021.
“The Wolves are a true grassroots organization, developing homegrown players and connecting with local schools, businesses, and organizations,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said in a stateement. “They have a great venue that is perfect for a premier amateur league like the NPSL. We are excited to see what they can do and how they can grow and thrive in the Heartland Conference.”
Arkansas Wolves FC is led by Dr. Sean Paul Jones, who will serve as president and general manager. Jones will be joined by technical director Ryan Spears, performance director Steven Laster and Academy director Rick Friday.
Jones is a sports psychology specialist who works with athletes, teams, and coaches in performance enhancement via various mental strategies that help them achieve their full potential and cope with the pressures of competition. He works at his private practice, Livestrong, PLLC.
Spears is a professional coach with more than 20 years of experience spanning all ages and genders from the youth, college and semi-profesional levels. He also has played soccer for more than 30 years at the club, college and semi-professional levels.
Laster, a Little Rock native, played for Riverdale SC, Hall HS, Hendrix College, and the University of Memphis. He has coached with Arkansas United, Pulaski Academy, Mount St. Mary Academy, and Central High School. Laster has trained high-performance athletes from middle school to college, receiving certifications in both sports performance and strength and conditioning.
“We aim to provide the highest level of soccer for our players and supporters,” Jones said in a statementt. “And we see this partnership with the NPSL as something that can help us bring that about.”
Home matches will be played at Scott Field in Little Rock.
“We have a fantastic venue that the Little Rock School District has been so gracious to let us train and play on,” Jones said. “This venue provides our Wolves FC supporters and traveling teams a good experience. It is situated in the heart of Little Rock, and this is where we want to be.”
“We are pleased and excited to have Arkansas Wolves FC join the NPSL,” NPSL director of membership development Dina Case added. “The Wolves’ ownership group and their grassroots philosophy blends well with the NPSL’s values and we look forward to seeing them have great successes both on and off the field.”