Major Arena Soccer League

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Major Arena Soccer League
MASLlogo.PNG
Country United States (21 teams)
Other club(s) from Mexico (2 teams)
Confederation Confederación Panamericana de Minifutbol (CPM)
Founded May 18, 2008
Number of teams 23
Domestic cup(s) U.S. Open
Current champions Chicago Mustangs (2013-14)
Most championships San Diego Sockers (4)
TV partners ESPN 3
GoLiveSportscast.com
Website www.maslsoccer.com
2014–15 season

The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) is a North American indoor soccer league formerly known as Professional Arena Soccer League. MASL is an affiliated member of the World Minifootball Federation (WMF), the governing body of the sport.

History[edit]

The league was organized as the Professional Arena Soccer League on May 18, 2008, as an offshoot of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier), the nation's largest amateur league. The league was originally nicknamed "PASL-Pro" to distinguish it from PASL-Premier.[1]

PASL logo used from 2011 to 2014

In 2011, it was announced the professional league would officially be referred to as simply PASL, while the amateur league would still be referred to as the PASL-Premier.[2] The first league game was played on October 25, 2008, in front of a crowd of 3,239 at Stockton Arena, with the California Cougars defeating the Colorado Lightning 10-5.[3]

On March 17, 2014, one day after the 2013-2014 Major Indoor Soccer League Championship finale, United Soccer Leagues President Tim Holt announced "a number" of teams would not be returning to MISL the following year.[4] In April 2014 it was officially announced that six teams (Baltimore Blast, Milwaukee Wave, Missouri Comets, Rochester Lancers, St. Louis Ambush, and Syracuse Silver Knights) joined PASL for the 2014-2015 season.[5]

The league announced a change in its name from the Professional Arena Soccer League to the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) on May 18, 2014. This represents a merging of the MISL and PASL names. MASL will field 23 teams for the 2014-15 season.[6][7]

Sponsorship[edit]

The official sportswear and technical kit supplier for the league is Admiral Sportswear.[8] The official ball is made by Baden Sports.[9]

Teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Coach PASL-Premier Affiliate Notes
Eastern Division
Baltimore Blast Baltimore, Maryland Royal Farms Arena Danny Kelly
Detroit Waza Melvindale, Michigan Melvindale Civic Center Costea Decu Waza Premier
Harrisburg Heat Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Tarik Walker
Rochester Lancers Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena Doug Miller
Syracuse Silver Knights Syracuse, New York Oncenter War Memorial Arena Tommy Tanner
Central Division
Chicago Mustangs[10] Hoffman Estates, Illinois Sears Centre Armando Gamboa Mustangs Premier 2013-14 Ron Newman Cup Champions.
Milwaukee Wave Milwaukee, Wisconsin UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena Giuliano Oliviero
Missouri Comets Independence, Missouri Independence Events Center Vlatko Andonovski 2013-14 MISL Champions
St. Louis Ambush St. Charles, Missouri Family Arena Daryl Doran FC Adrenaline
Tulsa Revolution[11] Tulsa, Oklahoma Cox Business Center David Yates Revolution Premier AISL (2007-08)
Wichita B-52s[12][13] Wichita, Kansas Hartman Arena Jeff Kraft B-52s Premier [14][15][16]
Southern Division
Brownsville Barracudas Brownsville, Texas Barracudas Sports Complex TBD Barracudas Premier
Dallas Sidekicks Allen, Texas Allen Event Center Tatu Sidekicks Premier
Hidalgo La Fiera[17] Hidalgo, Texas State Farm Arena Mariano Bollella Rio Grande Valley Flash (2012–13)[18]
Monterrey Flash[19] Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena Genoni Martinez
Oxford City FC of Texas[20][21] Beaumont, Texas Ford Arena Chris "Topper" Cogan Texas Strikers (2012–14)
Saltillo Rancho Seco[22] Saltillo, Coahuila Deportivo Rancho-Seco Saltillo Elizandro Campos
Pacific Division
Las Vegas Legends Las Vegas, Nevada Orleans Arena Meir Cohen Las Vegas Knights
Ontario Fury[23] Ontario, California Citizens Business Bank Arena Bernie Lilavois Fury Premier

Toros Mexico
Fury U23

Sacramento Surge Sacramento, California Jackson Sports Academy Mark Bickham
San Diego Sockers San Diego, California Valley View Casino Center Phil Salvagio Arizona Impact [24]
Sockers Premier
Seattle Impact Kent, Washington ShoWare Center Jason Dunn
Turlock Express Turlock, California Turlock Soccer Complex Art Pulido Express Premier

Champions[edit]

North American Finals[edit]

Season Champions Score Runner-Up Playoffs / Host
2008-09 Stockton Cougars 13-5 1790 Cincinnati Stockton, California
2009-10 San Diego Sockers 9-8 La Raza de Guadalajara San Diego, California
2010-11 San Diego Sockers 10-6 La Raza de Guadalajara Cincinnati, Ohio

Ron Newman Cup[edit]

Season Champions Score Runner-Up Playoffs / Host
2011-12 San Diego Sockers 10-7 Detroit Waza San Diego, California
2012-13 San Diego Sockers 8-6 Detroit Waza San Diego, California
2013-14 Chicago Mustangs 14-5 Hidalgo La Fiera Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Attendance[edit]

Season Games Total Average
2008-09 58 76,888 1,326*
2009-10 87 58,801 676**
2010-11 84 59,128 704***
2011-12 96 63,003 656
2012-13 151 146,193 968
2013-14 159 214,552 1,349
2014-15 TBD TBD TBD

* Does not include 28 games where attendance was not reported. The PASL 2008-09 regular season consisted of 86 games total.

** Does not include 8 games where attendance was not reported. The PASL 2009-10 regular season consisted of 95 games total.

*** Does not include 10 games where attendance was not reported. The PASL 2010-11 regular season consisted of 94 games total.

Former/defunct teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Note
Anaheim Bolts Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center 2011-13[25][26]
Arizona Storm Glendale, Arizona Phoenix Sports Centre/Arizona Sports Complex 2011-13
Bay Area Rosal Livermore, California Cabernet Indoor Sports 2013-14
California Cougars Stockton, California Stockton Arena 2008-11
Cincinnati Kings Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens/GameTime Training Center 2008-13 (1790 Cincinnati 2008-2010)
Cincinnati Saints Cincinnati, Ohio Tri-County Soccerplex 2013-14. Currently play in Premier Arena Soccer League.
Cleveland Freeze North Olmsted, Ohio Soccer Sportsplex 2013-14. Currently play in Premier Arena Soccer League.
Colorado Lightning Fort Collins, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 2008-09
Denver Dynamite Denver, Colorado Denver Sports Center/Parker Fieldhouse/Denver Bladium 2008–10. Currently play in Premier Arena Soccer League.
Illinois Piasa Pontoon Beach, Illinois The Field Sports Complex 2010-14. Currently play in Premier Arena Soccer League as FC Adrenaline.
Kansas Magic[27][28] Overland Park, Kansas EPIC Indoor Sports 2011-12
Laredo Honey Badgers Laredo, Texas Laredo Energy Arena[29] Never played.
Louisville Lightning Louisville, Kentucky Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club 2009-12[30][31]
Monterrey La Raza Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2008-09 PASL Copa America
Ohio Vortex Canton, Ohio Canton Civic Center 2009-13
Omaha Vipers Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium Never played.
Prince George Fury (CMISL) Prince George, British Columbia CN Centre 2009-10
Real Phoenix Glendale, Arizona Barney Family Sports Complex/Arizona Sports Complex 2012–13[32]
Rockford Rampage Rockford, Illinois Victory Sports Complex 2012–13[32]
St. Louis Illusion Glen Carbon, Illinois The Game Arena 2008–10
Saskatoon Accelerators (CMISL) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre 2009-10
Texas Outlaws North Richland Hills, Texas TCG Arena 2008–10
Toros Mexico Tijuana, Baja California Unisantos Park 2010–14 (Revolución Tijuana 2010-12); Currently plays in Premier Arena Soccer League. [33]
Winnipeg Alliance FC (CMISL) Winnipeg, Manitoba Gateway Soccer Complex/MTS Centre 2008-11
Wenatchee Fire Wenatchee, Washington Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex 2008-11 (were on hiatus in 2009).

MASL Commissioners[edit]

  • Kevin Milliken (2008–present)

References[edit]

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  29. ^ "Professional Arena Soccer League Coming to Laredo Energy Arena". PASL. April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
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  33. ^ "PASL's Tijuana Team Sold, Renamed Toros Mexico" (Press release). Professional Arena Soccer League. September 11, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 

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