National Professional Soccer League (1984–2001)

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National Professional
Soccer League
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Country  United States
 Canada
Founded 1984
Folded 2001
Number of teams 15
Last champions Milwaukee Wave
(2000–01)

The National Professional Soccer League was a professional indoor soccer league in the USA. It started out as the American Indoor Soccer Association in 1984 but changed its name to the National Professional Soccer League in 1990.[1] During the summer of 2001, the league disbanded and the six surviving teams formed the second version of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[2]

When the league began in 1984, game rules were almost identical compared to the larger and more popular MISL. Beginning with the 1988-89 season,[3] however, the AISA changed their scoring system. Goals were now worth 1, 2, or 3 points depending upon distance or game situation. Basically, all non-power play goals scored from inside the yellow line were worth 2 points while non-powerplay goals from outside the yellow line (50 feet from the goal line) were worth 3 points. Any power play goal was worth 1 point, as was any goal scored during a penalty shootout. Before the 1994–1995 season, the three-point line was changed to a 45-foot arc. Eventually, power play goals were worth either two or three points, but penalty shootouts were still kept at one point.

Teams[edit]

Championships[edit]

SEASON CHAMPION RUNNER-UP SERIES
1984–85 Canton Invaders Louisville Thunder 3–1
1985–86 Canton Invaders Louisville Thunder 3–0
1986–87 Louisville Thunder Canton Invaders 3–2
1987–88 Canton Invaders Ft. Wayne Flames (Challenge Cup)
1988–89 Canton Invaders Chicago Power 3–2
1989–90 Canton Invaders Dayton Dynamo 3–1
1990–91 Chicago Power Dayton Dynamo 3–0
1991–92 Detroit Rockers Canton Invaders 3–2
1992–93 Kansas City Attack Cleveland Crunch 3–2
1993–94 Cleveland Crunch St. Louis Ambush 3–1
1994–95 St. Louis Ambush Harrisburg Heat 4–0
1995–96 Cleveland Crunch Kansas City Attack 4–2
1996–97 Kansas City Attack Cleveland Crunch 4–0
1997–98 Milwaukee Wave St. Louis Ambush 4–1
1998–99 Cleveland Crunch St. Louis Ambush 3–2
1999-00 Milwaukee Wave Cleveland Crunch 3–2
2000–01 Milwaukee Wave Philadelphia KiXX 3–0

Championships won[edit]

TEAM TITLES SEASONS
Canton Invaders ( -> Columbus Invaders -> Montreal Impact) 5 84–85, 85–86, 87–88, 88–89, 89–90
Cleveland Crunch 3 93–94, 95–96, 98–99
Milwaukee Wave 3 97–98, 99–00, 00–01
(Atlanta Attack -> ) Kansas City Attack 2 92–93, 96–97
Chicago Power 1 90–91
Detroit Rockers 1 91–92
(Tulsa Ambush -> ) St. Louis Ambush 1 94–95

Commissioners[edit]

  • Bob Lemuix 1984-1985
  • Joe Machnik 1985-1988
  • Steve M. Paxos 1988–2000
  • Steve Ryan 2000–2001

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canton wins final AISA crown". Milwaukee Sentinel. April 27, 1990. p. 5B. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  2. ^ "SOCCER: ROUNDUP; Rivaldo Gets Hat Trick; Barcelona Earns Victory". New York Times. August 9, 2001. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  3. ^ Bunch, Ken (July 11, 1988). "AISA adds franchises, MISL groups may apply". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. B1. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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