Major Arena Soccer League

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Major Arena Soccer League
Country United States (14 teams)
Other club(s) from Mexico (3 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]


The official sportswear and technical kit supplier for the league is Admiral Sportswear.[8] The official game ball is made by Puma SE.


Team City/Area Arena Coach PASL-Premier Affiliate
Eastern Conference
Eastern Division
Syracuse Silver Knights Syracuse, New York Oncenter War Memorial Arena Tommy Tanner
Waza Flo[9] Flint, Michigan Dort Federal Event Center Costea Decu
Central Division
Cedar Rapids Rampage [10] Cedar Rapids, Iowa U.S. Cellular Center Hewerton Moreira
Chicago Mustangs[11] Hoffman Estates, Illinois Sears Centre Armando Gamboa Mustangs Premier
Milwaukee Wave Milwaukee, Wisconsin UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena Giuliano Oliviero
Missouri Comets Independence, Missouri Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Vlatko Andonovski
Western Conference
Southwest Division
Atletico Baja Tijuana, Baja California Unidad Deportiva Tijuana Rene Ortiz Atletico Baja Reserves
Brownsville Barracudas Brownsville, Texas Barracudas Sports Complex Chiquis Salazar Barracudas Premier
Las Vegas Legends Las Vegas Orleans Arena Doug Borgel
Sacramento Surge Sacramento, California Estadio Azteca Soccer Arena Mark Bickham
Saltillo Rancho Seco[12] Saltillo, Coahuila Deportivo Rancho-Seco Saltillo Elizandro Campos
Turlock Express Turlock, California Turlock Soccer Complex Art Pulido
Pacific Division
Dallas Sidekicks Allen, Texas Allen Event Center Simon Bozas
Ontario Fury[13] Ontario, California Citizens Business Bank Arena Bernie Lilavois Fury Premier
San Diego Sockers San Diego, California Valley View Casino Center Phil Salvagio Arizona Impact;[14] Sockers Premier
Sonora Suns [15] Hermosillo, Sonora Centro de Usos Múltiples Luis Jaime Borrego
Tacoma Stars Kent, Washington ShoWare Center Darren Sawatzky

Future Teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena
El Paso Coyotes El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum


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 [16]

Former/defunct teams[edit]

Team City/Area Arena Years Played
Anaheim Bolts Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center 2011–13[17][18]
Arizona Storm Glendale, Arizona Phoenix Sports Centre/Arizona Sports Complex 2011–13
Baltimore Blast Baltimore, Maryland Royal Farms Arena 2014–16, scheduled to play in the IPL
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 National Premier Soccer League as Dayton Dynamo.
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. Currently play in Premier Arena Soccer League
Hartford City FC Hartford, Connecticut XL Center Never played.
Harrisburg Heat Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center 2012–2016,[19] scheduled to play in the IPL.
Hidalgo La Fiera[20][21] Hidalgo, Texas State Farm Arena 2012–2014[22]
Illinois Piasa Pontoon Beach, Illinois The Field Sports Complex 2010–14, currently play in Premier Arena Soccer League as FC Adrenaline.
Kansas Magic[23][24] Overland Park, Kansas EPIC Indoor Sports 2011–12
Laredo Honey Badgers Laredo, Texas Laredo Energy Arena[25] Never played.
Louisville Lightning Louisville, Kentucky Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club 2009–12[26][27]
Monterrey Flash Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2013–15 [28]
Monterrey La Raza Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2008–09 PASL Copa América
Ohio Vortex Canton, Ohio Canton Memorial Civic Center 2009–13
Omaha Vipers Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium Never played
Oxford City FC of Texas Beaumont, Texas Ford Arena 2012–2015 (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 Ambush St. Charles, Missouri Family Arena 2014–16, scheduled to play in the IPL.
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
Seattle Impact Kent, Washington ShoWare Center 2014–15
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.[32]
Tulsa Revolution Tulsa, Oklahoma Expo Square Pavilion 2013–15 [33]
Wenatchee Fire Wenatchee, Washington Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex 2014–15
Wichita B-52s Wichita, Kansas Hartman Arena 2013–15 [34][35]


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