Philadelphia Soul Will Return to Arena Football in 2011

Nick ShortsContributor IJune 16, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JULY 27:  Kicker Connor Hughes #16 of the Philadelphia Soul celebrates during Arena Bowl XXII against the San Jose SaberCats at the New Orleans Arena on July 27, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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After missing the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the Philadelphia Soul will finally be back in 2011 and get an opportunity to hang their 2008 ArenaBowl Championship Banner.

What does this mean for the Arena Football League?

Expansion and the continued belief that the AFL is back to stay.

The addition (or re-entry) of the Soul means that the AFL will have 15 teams with the Northeast adding a second squad.

There is now hope to continue this league and increase its fan base.

The Soul's four-man ownership team believes it as much as the die hard fans do.

One major change however, is in team's ownership as Jon Bon Jovi has decided to focus efforts on his band's world tour.

While this may not seem like a huge change, the Soul received a lot of publicity because Bon Jovi was a part owner.

Hopefully, the Soul's popularity will not change much as the fans in Philly seem to be some of the more loyal AFL followers.

Although not many details have been announced, the team will continue to play at the Wachovia Center for the 2011 season.

Ticket info and team updates are available at their updated website (