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Major Indoor Soccer League
MISL Logo.JPG
Countries United States United States
Mexico Mexico
Founded 2008
Number of teams 5
Current champions Baltimore Blast
Most championships Baltimore Blast (1)
Website MISL.net
2009-10 season

The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), formerly known as the National Indoor Soccer League, is an indoor soccer league which began play in 2008.[1][2] Originally, five teams had been announced to play in the inaugural season; four previously in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer League.[3][4] However, the Orlando Sharks (formerly of the MISL) were forced to go inactive because of scheduling conflicts with Amway Arena. Later, the Massachusetts Twisters were brought in from the AISL to take the Sharks' place. The MISL is the top-tier league of indoor soccer in the USA.

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History

The NISL was one of three leagues that organized in late 2008 after the demise of the second MISL; the others two being the PASL-Pro (an offshoot of the Premier Arena Soccer League) and the XSL. The NISL and the XSL were more closely related, with both leagues first announcing four former MISL teams respectively and using the same game rules as the MISL.

In early July 2009 The XSL had announced they were to go on a one year hiatus due to a low amount of monetary backing, which left the NISL as the highest priced operating indoor soccer league in the United States of America.

The NISL announced on July 13, 2009 that an all-star team of players from the Baltimore Blast, Rockford Rampage, and Philadelphia KiXX would play in a six-a-side outdoor exhibition match against an all-star team from Bermuda's Island Soccer League on July 19, 2009.[5]

The NISL was attempting to get numerous teams from the folded XSL to join for the 2009-2010. The NISL did acquire the Milwaukee Wave for the 2009-2010 season.[6] The NISL lost one team for the 2009-2010 season, the Massachusetts Twisters. [7]

Shortly before the league launched its 2009-2010 season, the opportunity arose to purchase the rights to the name of its predecessor, "Major Indoor Soccer League"; the league acquired the rights and immediately rebranded itself as the newest form of the MISL.[8]

The league is looking to expand in former MISL markets like St. Louis, Hartford, Harrisburg, Kansas City and Dallas. [9]

Commissioner

Name Years
David Grimaldi [10] 2008-present

Teams

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Active

Team[11] City/Area Arena Founded Joined MISL
Baltimore Blast Baltimore, Maryland 1st Mariner Arena 1992 2008
Milwaukee Wave[12] Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S. Cellular Arena 1984 2009
Monterrey La Raza Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2007 2008
Philadelphia KiXX Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liacouras Center 1995 2008
Rockford Rampage Rockford, Illinois Rockford MetroCentre 2005 2008

Defunct

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined MISL Folded
Orlando Sharks[13]1 Orlando, Florida Amway Arena 2007 2008 2008
Massachusetts Twisters West Springfield, Massachusetts The Big E Coliseum 2003 2008 2009
  1. Never played a NISL/MISL game

Championships

Season Date Champion Score Runner-Up Host Playoffs MVP
2008-09 4/11/09 Baltimore 13-10 Rockford Baltimore Sagu
All teams participating in the 2009-10 campaign

Average attendance

Year Games Total Attendance
2008-09 41 170,696 4,163
2009-10 TBD TBD TBD
Seasons Games Total Average
2 41 170,696 4,163

References

  1. ^ Orlando Business Journal, September 10, 2008. "Orlando Sharks join new indoor soccer league, will play 18-game schedule". Accessed 1 October 2008
  2. ^ Baker, Kent, 10 September 2008. The Baltimore Sun, "Blast joins downsized new league". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  3. ^ The Associated Press, 10 September 2008. "Blast owner announces new league". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  4. ^ Welsh, Sean. 10 September 2008. Baltimore Examiner, "A new league Blasts off: National Indoor Soccer League to house Blast, 4 others". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.nislnet.com/news/?article_id=115
  6. ^ http://www.nislnet.com/schedule/results/
  7. ^ http://www.nislnet.com/nisl/about/
  8. ^ "The new face of indoor soccer". MISL.net. 2 November, 2009. http://www.misl.net/news/?article_id=124. Retrieved 4 November, 2009. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ http://www.nislnet.com/nisl/directory/index.html?staff_id=1
  11. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3716001
  12. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/sports/?t_id=320
  13. ^ Ruiz, Stephen. 23 October 2008. Orlando Sentinel, "Orlando's indoor soccer team will skip this season, focus on returning in 2009". Accessed 31 October 2008.

External links

Team Press Releases Announcing League's Formation


Not to be confused with the National Soccer League.
National Indoor Soccer League
Founded
2008
Nations
 United States
 Mexico
Number of Teams
5
Current Champions
Baltimore Blast
Website
Official site
Current Season
2009-10 season

The National Indoor Soccer League (NISL) is an indoor soccer league which began play in 2008.[1][2] Originally, five teams had been announced to play in the inaugural season; four previously in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer League.[3][4] However, the Orlando Sharks (formerly of the MISL) were forced to go inactive because of scheduling conflicts with Amway Arena. Later, the Massachusetts Twisters were brought in from the AISL to take the Sharks' place.

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Teams

Active

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined NISL
Baltimore Blast  MD Baltimore, Maryland 1st Mariner Arena 1992 2008
Massachusetts Twisters  MA West Springfield, Massachusetts The Big E Coliseum 2003 2008
Monterrey La Raza Template:Country data Nuevo León Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2007 2008
Philadelphia KiXX  PA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liacouras Center 1995 2008
Rockford Rampage  IL Rockford, Illinois Rockford MetroCentre 2005 2008

Inactive

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined NISL
Orlando Sharks FL[5] Orlando, Florida Amway Arena 2007 2008

NISL Championship

Season Date Champion Score Runner-Up Host Playoffs MVP
2008-09 4/11/09 Baltimore 13-10 Rockford Baltimore Sagu

Average Attendance

Year Games Total Attendance
2008-09 41 170,696 4,163
2009-10 TBD TBD TBD
Seasons Games Total Average
1 41 170,696 4,163

References

  1. Orlando Business Journal, September 10, 2008. "Orlando Sharks join new indoor soccer league, will play 18-game schedule". Accessed 1 October 2008
  2. Baker, Kent, 10 September 2008. The Baltimore Sun, "Blast joins downsized new league". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  3. The Associated Press, 10 September 2008. "Blast owner announces new league". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  4. Welsh, Sean. 10 September 2008. Baltimore Examiner, "A new league Blasts off: National Indoor Soccer League to house Blast, 4 others". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  5. Ruiz, Stephen. 23 October 2008. Orlando Sentinel, "Orlando's indoor soccer team will skip this season, focus on returning in 2009". Accessed 31 October 2008.

External links

Team Press Releases Announcing League's Formation

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