Major Indoor Soccer League (2008–)
|Current champions||Missouri Comets|
|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 after the MISL I and MISL II. The MISL name is arguably the most recognizable name in indoor soccer due to its history dating back to 1978. The league name and assets are currently owned by the United Soccer Leagues. After the 2013–14 season, six teams left the league to join the Professional Arena Soccer League, leaving the future of the MISL in doubt.
Launch as NISL
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.
Originally, five teams had been announced to play in the inaugural season; four who were in the previous MISL (Baltimore, Monterrey, Orlando Sharks, and Philadelphia) and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer League (Rockford). However, the Orlando Sharks were forced to go inactive because of scheduling conflicts with Amway Arena. Later, a second former AISL franchise, the Massachusetts Twisters, were brought in to take the place of the Sharks.
In early July 2009, the XSL announced they were going on a one-year hiatus due to a lack of monetary backing. The NISL attempted to attract the former MISL teams from the folded XSL to join for the 2009–10 season, and succeeded in acquiring the Milwaukee Wave as a result. The other XSL franchises, minus the Chicago Storm, folded along with the XSL. Shortly after the Wave joined the NISL, the Massachusettes Twisters folded, leaving the 2009-10 season with only five teams again.
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.
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 area) and Omaha starting with the 2010–11 season.
Merger with I-League
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.
On October 21, 2010, 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 were added: the Norfolk SharX, Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Silver Knights.
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.
One day after the 2013-14 MISL Championship game (March 17, 2014) USL President Tim Holt released a video stating that the USL is reevaluating the MISL to create a more "sustainable" league that features the highest level of professional indoor soccer. He noted that the process would take "more than a few months" and that the possibility of not having a 2014-15 playing season exists. The five teams (Baltimore, Milwaukee, Missouri, Rochester, and Syracuse) that are in discussions to possibly join the Professional Arena Soccer League for the 2014-15 season would not be returning to the MISL.
✝ 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|
|2013–14||March 14, 2014;
March 16, 2014
|Missouri Comets||2–1||Baltimore Blast||15–8, 4–19, 6–4||Missouri/Baltimore||Brian Harris|
# A third "mini-game" had to decide the winner after one or more series were tied at 1 game a piece.
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