Toronto Shooting Stars were an indoor soccer team based in Toronto, Ontario that competed in the defunct NPSL. The team began play in the 1996-1997 season, with home games taking place at Maple Leaf Gardens. However, the ownership of the franchise collapsed just 3 games into its first season, forcing the league to take control of the team's operations for the remainder of the season. After losses of nearly $1 million, the team suspended operations for the 1997-1998 season. It was reported that the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs held negotiations to purchase the team, but it never returned to play.