Professional Arena Soccer League

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Professional Arena Soccer League
Professional Arena Soccer League logo.jpg
Country United States (23 teams)
Other club(s) from Mexico (3 teams)
Founded May 18, 2008
Number of teams 26
Domestic cup(s) U. S. Open Cup
Current champions Chicago Mustangs
Most championships San Diego Sockers (4)
TV partners America One (Sports)
GoLiveSportscast.com
Website www.paslsoccer.com
2013–14 season

The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) is a North American indoor soccer league. The PASL is an affiliated member of the FIFRA (Federation International Futbal Rapido Association).[1]

History[edit]

The PASL was organized 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 named "PASL-Pro" to distinguish it from PASL-Premier.[2] In 2011, it was announced the league would officially be referred to as the PASL, while the "Premier League" would still be referred to as the PASL-Premier. [3] The first league game was played on October 25, 2008 in front of a crowd 3,239 at Stockton Arena, with the California Cougars defeating the Colorado Lightning 10-5.[4]

On March 17, 2014, one day after the 2013-2014 MISL Championship finale, United Soccer Leagues President Tim Holt announced "a number" of teams would not be returning to the MISL the following year. [5] 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 the PASL for the 2014-2015 season.[6]

Sponsorship[edit]

The official sportswear and technical kit supplier for the league is Admiral Sportswear.[7] The official ball is made by Baden Sports.[8]

Teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Coach PASL-Premier Affiliate Notes
Eastern Division
Chicago Mustangs [10] Villa Park, Illinois Odeum Expo Center
and Grand Sports Arena
Armando Gamboa Mustangs Premier
Cincinnati Saints [11] Cincinnati, Ohio Tri-County Soccerplex Chris Morman River City Saints
Cleveland Freeze [12] North Olmsted, Ohio Soccer Sportsplex Hector Marinaro
Detroit Waza Melvindale, Michigan Melvindale Civic Center Dominic Scicluna Waza Premier
Harrisburg Heat Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex TBA
Illinois Piasa Pontoon Beach, Illinois The Field Sports Complex Ed Rulo
Central Division
Dallas Sidekicks Allen, Texas Allen Event Center Tatu Sidekicks Premier
Hidalgo La Fiera[13] Hidalgo, Texas State Farm Arena Mariano Bollella Rio Grande Valley Flash 2012-2013[14]
Monterrey Flash [15] Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena Genoni Martinez
Saltillo Rancho Seco [16] Saltillo, Coahuila UAdeC Arena Elizandro Campos
Texas Strikers [17] Beaumont, Texas Ford Arena Chris "Topper" Cogan Strikers Premier
Tulsa Revolution [18] Tulsa, Oklahoma Cox Business Center Michael Nsien AISL 2007-2008
Wichita B-52s[19][20] Wichita, Kansas Hartman Arena Larry Inlow B-52s Premier [21][22][23]
Pacific Division
Bay Area Rosal [24] Livermore, California Cabernet Indoor Sports Mario Astorga
Las Vegas Legends Las Vegas, Nevada Orleans Arena and
Las Vegas Sports Park
Meir Cohen Las Vegas Knights
Ontario Fury [25] Ontario, California Citizens Business Bank Arena Bernie Lilavois
Toros Mexico [26] Tijuana, Baja California Unisantos Park Joe Pollard Toros Premier Revolución Tijuana 2010-2012
Sacramento Surge [27] Sacramento, California Estadio Azteca Soccer Arena [28] Jorge Fernandez
San Diego Sockers San Diego, California Valley View Casino Center Phil Salvagio Sockers Premier
Turlock Express Turlock, California Turlock Soccer Complex Art Pulido Express Premier

New Teams for 2014-15[edit]

Team[29] City/Area Arena Coach Founded Joining PASL
Baltimore Blast Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena Danny Kelly 1992 2014-2015
Milwaukee Wave Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S. Cellular Arena TBD 1984 2014-2015
Missouri Comets Independence, Missouri Independence Events Center Vlatko Andonovski 2010 2014-2015
Rochester Lancers Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena Josh Rife 2010 2014-2015
St. Louis Ambush St. Charles, Missouri Family Arena Daryl Doran 2013 2014-2015
Syracuse Silver Knights Syracuse, New York Oncenter War Memorial Arena Tommy Tanner 2010 2014-2015

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
  • * 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 2011-2013[30][31]
Arizona Storm Glendale, Arizona Phoenix Sports Centre/Arizona Sports Complex 2011-2013
Cincinnati Kings Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens/GameTime Training Center 2008-2013 (1790 Cincinnati 2008-2010)
California Cougars Stockton, California Stockton Arena 2008-2011
Colorado Lightning Fort Collins, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 2008-09 Season
Denver Dynamite Denver, Colorado Denver Sports Center/Parker Fieldhouse/Denver Bladium 2008–2010. Currently play in Premier Arena Soccer League
Kansas Magic[32][33] Overland Park, Kansas EPIC Indoor Sports 2011-2012
Laredo Honey Badgers Laredo, Texas Laredo Energy Arena[34] Never played in PASL
Louisville Lightning Louisville, Kentucky Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club 2009-2012[35][36]
Ohio Vortex Canton, Ohio Canton Civic Center 2009-2013
Omaha Vipers Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium Never played in PASL
Prince George Fury (CMISL) Prince George, British Columbia CN Centre 2009-10
Real Phoenix Glendale, Arizona Barney Family Sports Complex/Arizona Sports Complex 2012–2013[37]
Rockford Rampage Rockford, Illinois Victory Sports Complex 2012–2013[37]
St. Louis Illusion Glen Carbon, Illinois The Game Arena 2008–2010
Saskatoon Accelerators (CMISL) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre 2009-10
Tacoma Stars Tacoma, Washington Pacific Sports Center 2010-13 (On Hiatus) [38]
Texas Outlaws North Richland Hills, Texas TCG Arena 2008–2010
Winnipeg Alliance FC (CMISL) Winnipeg, Manitoba Gateway Soccer Complex/MTS Centre 2008-2011
Wenatchee Fire Wenatchee, Washington Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex 2008-2011 (hiatus in 2009). Currently play in PASL-Premier

PASL Commissioners[edit]

  • Kevin Milliken (2008–present)

References[edit]

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