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Major Indoor Soccer League (2008–)

Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL)
Country United States United States
Founded 2008
Number of teams 7
Current champions Baltimore Blast
Most championships Milwaukee Wave (2)
Baltimore Blast (2)
2013–14 season

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.[1][2] It is the third league to be known as the Major Indoor Soccer League. Originally, five teams had been announced to play in the inaugural season; four who were in the previous Major Indoor Soccer League and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer League.[3] However, the Orlando Sharks (formerly of the MISL) were forced to go inactive because of scheduling conflicts with Amway Arena. Later, the Massachusetts Twisters were brought in from the AISL to take the Sharks' place. The MISL is the top-tier professional indoor soccer league in the USA. [4]


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.

In early July 2009, the XSL announced they were going on a one-year hiatus due to a lack of monetary backing which left the NISL as the highest indoor soccer league in the United States of America.

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.[5]

The NISL was attempting to get numerous teams from the folded XSL to join for the 2009–10 season, and succeeded in acquiring the Milwaukee Wave as a result.[6] However, the Massachusetts Twisters would not return for 2009–10.[7] The only former NISL team still playing in the MISL today is the Baltimore Blast. The rest of the 2010–11 season lineup would be made up of expansion teams, with the exception of the Wave.[8]

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.[9]

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) and Omaha starting with the 2010–11 season.

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.[10]

That year, 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.[11]

On May 16, 2011, the USL, struggling to sign teams for the new league, agreed instead to take over operation of the MISL.[12] Three teams from the proposed league, the Norfolk SharX, Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Silver Knights, were added.

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.[13]

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.[14][15]


Name Years
David Grimaldi[16] 2008–2011
Chris Economides 2011–present



Team City/Area Arena Joined Head Coach
Baltimore Blast Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena 2008 United States Danny Kelly
Milwaukee Wave Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S. Cellular Arena 2009 United States Keith Tozer
Missouri Comets Independence, Missouri (Kansas City area) Independence Events Center 2010 Republic of Macedonia Vlatko Andonovski [17]
Pennsylvania Roar Reading, Pennsylvania Santander Arena 2013 United States Eric Puls [18]
Rochester Lancers Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena 2010 United States Josh Rife [19]
St. Louis Ambush St. Charles, Missouri (St. Louis area) Family Arena 2013 United States Daryl Doran [20]
Syracuse Silver Knights Syracuse, New York War Memorial at Oncenter 2010 United States Tommy Tanner


Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined Folded Current Status
Chicago Riot Chicago, Illinois Odeum Expo Center 2010 2010 2011 Folded
Chicago Soul Hoffman Estates, Illinois (Chicago area) Sears Centre 2012 2012 2013 Folded
Massachusetts Twisters West Springfield, Massachusetts The Big E Coliseum 2003 2008 2009 Folded
Monterrey La Raza[21] Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2007 2008 2010 Folded
Orlando Sharks[22]1 Orlando, Florida Amway Arena 2007 2008 2008 Folded
Norfolk SharX[23] Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope 2010 2011 2012 Folded
Omaha Vipers[24] Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium 2010 2010 2011 Folded after joining the PASL-Pro
Philadelphia KiXX[25] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liacouras Center 1995 2008 2010 Folded
Rockford Rampage[26] Rockford, Illinois Rockford MetroCentre 2005 2008 2013[27] Joined PASL-Pro in 2012. Folded in 2013. [28]
Wichita Wings Park City, Kansas (Wichita area) Hartman Arena 2011 2011 2013 Folded

✝ Never played an NISL/MISL game


Season Date(s) Champion Series Runner-up Score(s) Host Playoffs MVP
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 "Chile" 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

Average attendance

Year Games Total Average Playoffs Games Total Average
2008–09 41 170,696 4,163 2009 3 16,311 5,437
2009–10 50 188,005 3,760 2010 3 14,415 4,805
2010–11 50 199,123 3,982 2011 3 17,219 5,740
2011–12 84 336,478 4,005 2012 6 30,820 5,136
2012–13 91 377,027 4,143 2013 5* 30,698 6,140
Seasons Games Total Average Seasons Games Total Average
5 316 1,271,329 4,023 5 20 109,463 5,473


External links

  • Official League Website
  • Official Broadcast Partner
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