Major Indoor Soccer League (2008–)
|Number of teams||7|
|Current champions||Baltimore Blast|
|Most championships||Milwaukee Wave (2)
Baltimore Blast (2)
The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), formerly known as the National Indoor Soccer League, is a professional indoor soccer league which began play in 2008. It is the third league to be known as the Major Indoor Soccer League. Originally, five teams had been announced to play in the inaugural season; four who were in the previous Major Indoor Soccer League and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer League. 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 NISL was one of three leagues that organized in late 2008 after the demise of the second MISL; the other two being the PASL-Pro (an offshoot of the Premier Arena Soccer League) and the Xtreme Soccer League. 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 announced they were going on a one-year hiatus due to a lack of monetary backing which left the NISL as the highest 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.
The NISL was attempting to get numerous teams from the folded XSL to join for the 2009–10 season, and succeeded in acquiring the Milwaukee Wave as a result. However, the Massachusetts Twisters would not return for 2009–10. The only former NISL team still playing in the MISL today is the Baltimore Blast. The rest of the 2010–11 season lineup would be made up of expansion teams, with the exception of the Wave.
Shortly before the league launched its 2009–10 season, the opportunity arose to purchase the rights to the "Major Indoor Soccer League" name; the league successfully acquired the rights and immediately rebranded itself as the newest MISL.
On July 18, 2010, the MISL played another All-Star Game against Bermuda's Island Soccer League. The Wave's Hewerton Moriera had 3 goals and 2 assists and the Philadelphia KiXX's Richardino added 2 goals and 2 assists in the MISL All-Stars' 8–3 win.
It was announced on August 18, 2010 that the MISL would expand into Missouri (Kansas City) and Omaha starting with the 2010–11 season.
An update to the official MISL "about" web page on October 6, 2010 acknowledged that the league was composed of only five teams, with the Rockford Rampage and Monterrey La Raza no longer active league members. On October 15, 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the exodus of the Philadelphia KiXX and the addition of a Chicago franchise.
That year, the United Soccer Leagues (USL), which also oversees the men's USL Pro and USL Premier Development Leagues proposed a new league which was to begin play in the fall of 2011, the 'USL I-League.
On May 16, 2011, the USL, struggling to sign teams for the new league, agreed instead to take over operation of the MISL. Three teams from the proposed league, the Norfolk SharX, Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Silver Knights, were added.
On June 22, 2012, the MISL announced that a new Chicago franchise was awarded to Armando Gamboa and Dave Mokry for the 2012–13 season. The club was subsequently named the Chicago Soul, with the club making its home at the Sears Centre.
On June 25, 2012, The Norfolk SharX announced that the team would cease operations effective immediately because of financial difficulties.
A new incarnation of the St. Louis Ambush were announced as an expansion team on June 14, 2013. This is St. Louis' first professional indoor soccer team since the St. Louis Steamers folded in 2006.
|Chicago Riot||Chicago, Illinois||Odeum Expo Center||2010||2010||Folded in 2011|
|Chicago Soul||Hoffman Estates, Illinois (Chicago area)||Sears Centre||2012||2012||Folded in 2013|
|Massachusetts Twisters||West Springfield, Massachusetts||The Big E Coliseum||2003||2008||Folded in 2009|
|Monterrey La Raza||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Monterrey Arena||2007||2008||Folded in 2010|
|Orlando Sharks✝1||Orlando, Florida||Amway Arena||2007||2008||Folded in 2008|
|Norfolk SharX||Norfolk, Virginia||Norfolk Scope||2010||2011||Folded in 2012|
|Omaha Vipers||Omaha, Nebraska||Omaha Civic Auditorium||2010||2010||Folded after joining the PASL-Pro in 2011|
|Philadelphia KiXX||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Liacouras Center||1995||2008||Folded in 2010|
|Rockford Rampage||Rockford, Illinois||Rockford MetroCentre||2005||2008||Joined PASL-Pro in 2012. Folded in 2013. |
|Wichita Wings||Park City, Kansas (Wichita area)||Hartman Arena||2011||2011||Folded in 2013|
✝ Never played an NISL/MISL game
|2008–09||April 11, 2009||Baltimore Blast||1–0||Rockford Rampage||13–10||Baltimore||Sagu|
|2009–10||April 4, 2010||Monterrey La Raza||1–0||Milwaukee Wave||12–6||Milwaukee||Carlos Farias|
|2010–11||March 25, 2011||Milwaukee Wave||1–0||Baltimore Blast||16–7||Baltimore||Marcel Feenstra|
|2011–12||March 16, 2012; March 18, 2012||Milwaukee Wave||2–0||Baltimore Blast||14–2, 12–10 (OT)||Baltimore/Milwaukee||Marcio Leite|
|2012–13||March 14, 2013; March 16, 2013||Baltimore Blast||2–0||Missouri Comets||21–12, 8–6||Missouri/Baltimore||William Vanzela|
- Orlando Business Journal, September 10, 2008. "Orlando Sharks join new indoor soccer league, will play 18-game schedule". Accessed 1 October 2008
- Baker, Kent, 10 September 2008. The Baltimore Sun, "Blast joins downsized new league". Accessed 1 October 2008.
- 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.
- "The new face of indoor soccer". MISL.net. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
- USL Moves Indoors With I-League
- USL Enters Into Agreement with MISL
- "Chicago Franchise Set For 2012-13". misl.uslsoccer.com. June 22, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- "Indoor soccer to return to Family Arena in St. Charles". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- "St. Louis Ambush Join MISL". misl.uslsoccer.com. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- "Comets Appoint Andonovski As Coach". MISL. August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
- "Roar Name Puls Head Coach". MISL. August 5, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
- "Rife Named Coach Of Lancers". MISL. September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- "Coaching Staff". St. Louis Ambush. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
- http://www.misl.net/misl/about/"". Accessed 6 October 2010.
- 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.
- "Economic Hardship Shuts Down Norfolk SharX Pro Soccer Team". www.facebook.com/NorfolkSharX. June 25, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Walker, Don. 15 October 2010. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Changes ahead for Wave, MISL". Accessed 15 October 2010.
- http://www.misl.net/misl/about/"". Accessed 6 October 2010.
- "Rockford Rampage Added to PASL Lineup". Professional Arena Soccer League. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012.