Major Arena Soccer League

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Major Arena Soccer League
Country United States (15 teams)
Other club(s) from Mexico (2 teams)
Confederation Confederación Panamericana
de Minifutbol (CPM)
Founded May 18, 2008
Number of teams 17
Domestic cup(s) U.S. Open
Current champions Baltimore Blast (2015–16)
Most championships San Diego Sockers (4)
TV partners ESPN 3
2016–17 season

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


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 fielded 23 teams for the 2014–15 season.[6][7]

Split and re-merger into the MASL[edit]

In February 2016, the current owner of the Baltimore Blast, Ed Hale, announced his intentions to leave the MASL and form a new league, the Indoor Professional League.[8] Hale was later announced as the chairman of the league, and Sam Fantauzzo, former owner of the Rochester Lancers, was announced as the first commissioner of the league. The St. Louis Ambush, Baltimore Blast, and Harrisburg Heat announced plans to join, along with the expansion Florida Tropics SC.[9] [10]

However, in August 2016, the MASL announced that the Blast, Heat, and Ambush would return to the MASL while the Tropics would join the MASL as an expansion team. [11] This effectively ended the IPL split with the MASL.


The official sportswear and technical kit supplier for the league is Admiral Sportswear.[12] The official game ball is made by Puma SE.


Team City/Area Arena Coach PASL-Premier Affiliate
Eastern Conference
Eastern Division
Baltimore Blast Baltimore, Maryland Royal Farms Arena Danny Kelly
Florida Tropics SC Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Center Clay Roberts
Harrisburg Heat Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Denison Cabral
Syracuse Silver Knights Syracuse, New York Oncenter War Memorial Arena Bryan O'Quinn
Central Division
Cedar Rapids Rampage [13] Cedar Rapids, Iowa U.S. Cellular Center Hewerton Moreira
Chicago Mustangs[14] Hoffman Estates, Illinois Sears Centre Armando Gamboa Mustangs Premier
Milwaukee Wave Milwaukee, Wisconsin UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena Giuliano Oliviero
Kansas City Comets Independence, Missouri Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Goran Karadzov
St. Louis Ambush St. Charles, Missouri Family Arena Tony Glavin
Western Conference
Southwest Division
Atletico Baja Tijuana, Baja California Unidad Deportiva Tijuana Rene Ortiz Atletico Baja Reserves
El Paso Coyotes El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum Hector Hugo Eugui
Dallas Sidekicks Allen, Texas Allen Event Center Simon Bozas
Sonora Suns [15] Hermosillo, Sonora Centro de Usos Múltiples Luis Jaime Borrego
Pacific Division
Ontario Fury[16] Ontario, California Citizens Business Bank Arena Bernie Lilavois Fury Premier
San Diego Sockers San Diego, California Valley View Casino Center Phil Salvagio Arizona Impact;[17] Sockers Premier
Tacoma Stars Kent, Washington ShoWare Center Darren Sawatzky
Turlock Express Turlock, California Turlock Soccer Complex Art Pulido


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(s) Runner-Up Playoffs / Host
2011–12 San Diego Sockers 10–7 Detroit Waza Flo San Diego, California
2012–13 San Diego Sockers 8–6 Detroit Waza Flo San Diego, California
2013–14 Chicago Mustangs 14–5 Hidalgo La Fiera Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2014–15 Monterrey Flash 6–4 (OT), 4–6, 4–3 (OT) Baltimore Blast 2–1 (best-of 3 series)
2015–16 Baltimore Blast 7–4, 14–13 (OT) Sonora Suns 2–0 (best-of 3 series)


Season Games Total Average Playoffs Games Total Average
2008–09 58 76,888 1,326* 2009
2009–10 87 58,801 676** 2010
2010–11 84 59,128 704*** 2011
2011–12 96 63,003 656 2012 6 7,211 1,201
2012–13 151 146,193 968 2013 11 19,006 1,727
2013–14 159 214,552 1,349 2014 10 23,889 2,889
2014–15 223 542,411 2,432 2015 19 88,513 4,658
2015–16 198 476,347 2,405 2016 24 93,004 3,876

* 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.



Joshua Schaub

Office of the Commissioner[edit]

Kevin Milliken – League Founder and Vice-President of Business Development
Jon Ramin – Vice-President of Operations

Executive Committee[edit]

Lane Smith (Tacoma) – President
Bernie Lilavois (Ontario) – Vice-President
Phil Salvagio (San Diego) – Secretary
Brad Likens (Missouri) – Treasurer
Rogelio Cota (Sonora) – Member-at-Large [18]

Former/defunct teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Years Played
Anaheim Bolts Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center 2011–13[19][20]
Arizona Storm Glendale, Arizona Phoenix Sports Centre/Arizona Sports Complex 2011–13
Bay Area Rosal Livermore, California Cabernet Indoor Sports 2013–14
Brownsville Barracudas Brownsville, Texas Barracudas Sports Complex 2014–16
Calgary United FC (CMISL) Calgary, Alberta Stampede Corral/Calgary Soccer Centre 2008–11
California Cougars Stockton, California Stockton Arena 2008–11 (as Stockton Cougars 2008–2009)
Cincinnati Kings Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens/GameTime Training Center 2008–13 (as 1790 Cincinnati 2008–2010)
Cincinnati Saints Cincinnati, Ohio Tri-County Soccerplex 2013–14
Cleveland Freeze North Olmsted, Ohio Soccer Sportsplex 2013–14
Colorado Lightning Fort Collins, Colorado Budweiser Events Center 2008–09
Denver Dynamite Denver, Colorado Denver Sports Center/Parker Fieldhouse/Denver Bladium 2008–10
Edmonton Drillers (CMISL) Edmonton, Alberta Servus Centre/Edmonton Soccer Centre South 2008–11
Hartford City FC Hartford, Connecticut XL Center Never Played
Hidalgo La Fiera[21][22] Hidalgo, Texas State Farm Arena 2012–2014 (as Rio Grande Valley Flash 2012–2013)
Illinois Piasa Pontoon Beach, Illinois Soccer For Fun Arena/The Sports Academy/The Field Sports Complex 2010–14
Kansas Magic[23][24] Overland Park, Kansas EPIC Indoor Sports Center 2011–12
Kitsap Pumas Bremerton, Washington Olympic Soccer & Sports Center 2010–11
Laredo Honey Badgers Laredo, Texas Laredo Energy Arena[25] Never Played
Las Vegas Legends Las Vegas, Nevada Orleans Arena/Las Vegas Sports Park 2012–16
Louisville Lightning Louisville, Kentucky Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club 2009–12[26][27]
Monterrey Flash Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2013–15 [28]
Ohio Vortex Canton, Ohio Cleveland Metroplex Events Center/Canton Memorial Civic Center/Gameday Sports Center/Pinnacle Sports Complex 2009–13
Omaha Vipers Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium Never Played
Oxford City FC of Texas Beaumont, Texas Ford Arena 2012–2015 (as Texas Strikers 2012–2014) [29][30]
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[31]
Rochester Lancers Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena 2014–15
Rockford Rampage Rockford, Illinois Victory Sports Complex 2012–13[31]
St. Louis Illusion Glen Carbon, Illinois The Game Arena/Dellwood Indoor Soccer Arena 2008–10
Sacramento Surge Sacramento, California Off the Wall Soccer Arena/Estadio Azteca Soccer Arena/McClellan Park 2012–16
Saltillo Rancho Seco Saltillo, Coahuila Autonomous University of Coahuila/Deportivo Rancho Seco 2013−16
Saskatoon Accelerators (CMISL) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre 2008–10
Seattle Impact Kent, Washington ShoWare Center 2014–15
Springfield Demize Springfield, Missouri Lake Country Soccer 2010–11
Texas Outlaws North Richland Hills, Texas NYTEX Sports Centre/Arena Athletics/TCG Arena 2008–10
Toros Mexico Tijuana, Baja California Furati Arena/Unisantos Park 2010–14 (as Revolución Tijuana 2010–12)
Tucson Extreme Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center Never Played
Tulsa Revolution Tulsa, Oklahoma Cox Business Center/Expo Square Pavilion 2013–15 [32]
Waza Flo Flint, Michigan Compuware Arena/Taylor Sportsplex/Melvindale Ice Arena/Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center 2008–16 (as Detroit Waza Flo 2008–15)
Wenatchee Fire Wenatchee, Washington Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex 2008–09,2010–11
Wichita B-52s Wichita, Kansas Hartman Arena 2013–15 [33][34]
Winnipeg Alliance (CMISL) Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre/Garden City Soccer Complex 2009–11
Youngstown Nighthawks Youngstown, Ohio Covelli Centre Never Played


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