Jun 20, 2014

Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) will kick off this fall in Northwest

Arlington Aviators in action. The club is a founding member of the new Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL). (Wilson Tsoi)
TACOMA, WA — (League Release) The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) has been formed by a group of experienced indoor soccer club owners and arena operators and will begin play in November of 2014 throughout the Northwest. The WISL will feature elite adult men in an entertaining, competitive amateur competition.

“We are launching a new indoor league as a labor of our love for the sport of indoor soccer and as a way to further opportunities for players, arena operators and fans,” says John Crouch, who led a conference call in which the first founding clubs listened to the league’s platform and then committed to join. “Our group of owners has experience operating indoor sides and arenas. We will call upon that history as we move forward in a league we can truly call our own.”

Founding clubs are on board from Tacoma, Bellingham, Arlington, and Everett. The league is currently in discussions with a handful of other groups in various cities, and is also taking online applications from interested club owners. The link to the online club application can be found at the league’s temporary website at the permanent address www.WISLnews.com.

Fans and players can join the development of the league and chart its progress online at www.Twitter.com/WISLnews. Any questions from owners, players or fans can be sent to WISLnews@gmail.com.

The WISL (it can be pronounced “whistle”) movement gained steam after the outdoor Evergreen Premier League made its debut this spring and summer as another outlet for owners and talented players. Several of the people and clubs involved in the successful launch of that grass-roots league are also involved with the creation of the WISL.

The league is committed to sustainability and using local indoor arenas as venues. “We want to build a community of indoor soccer hotbeds where players can compete and fans can support their local clubs from the stands during our sometimes long Northwest winters,” says Crouch. “It’s vital for us to make our league good business sense for owners of clubs and owners of arenas.”

In the coming weeks and months the Western Indoor Soccer League will be taking club applications, debuting a league logo, networking with referee associations to establish meaningful training sessions and open lines of communications, announcing a final line-up of clubs, and revealing a schedule for the season.

Founding the WISL are the currently-operating indoor clubs South Sound Shock (Tacoma) , WSA Rapids (Bellingham), and Arlington Aviators. Everett (not named yet) will be a new local franchise. Further clubs will be added in the coming weeks.

May 18, 2014

PASL Pro To Rebrand As MASL

According to reports, the PASL professional league is going to announce soon that the league will now become the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). The league would be made up of 24 total teams: six teams from the previous version of MISL (except Penn Roar) and 18 clubs from the PASL Pro (Cleveland Freeze, Illinois Piasa and Sacramento Surge are out).

Proposed 2014-15 MASL

  • Baltimore Blast
  • Bay Area Rosal
  • Chicago Mustangs
  • Cincinnati Saints
  • Dallas Sidekicks
  • Detroit Waza Flo
  • Harrisburg Heat
  • Hidalgo La Fiera
  • Las Vegas Legends
  • Mexico Toros
  • Milwaukee Wave
  • Missouri Comets
  • Monterrey Flash
  • Ontario Fury
  • Rochester Lancers
  • Saltillo Rancho Seco
  • San Diego Sockers
  • St. Louis Ambush
  • Syracuse Silver Knights
  • Tacoma Stars
  • Texas Strikers
  • Tulsa Revolution
  • Turlock Express
  • Wichita B-52's

Apr 13, 2014

PASL and Former MISL Teams Enter into Historic Agreement

Press Release
Professional Arena Soccer League 
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Sydney Nusinov
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PASL and Former MISL Teams Enter into Historic Agreement

4/12/14  -  The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) Management, in conjunction with management from the Baltimore Blast, San Diego Sockers, and Missouri Comets have created a new partnership for all of the current PASL teams, and former MISL teams, that will unify professional arena/indoor soccer. The announcement was made in a special halftime ceremony at today's NWSL FC Kansas City home opener.

The league and teams will be working hard the next couple weeks to get all of the lease agreements and final paperwork done for every team that will be part of the new partnership.  "Getting this done in a timely manner was extremely important for all of the teams that will be taking part," said PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken.  "We all received a lot of feedback from team owners that played in both leagues, but needed to have a small group with specific skills and experience to do the final negotiating for everyone, so we could get this done quickly.

"This is such a wonderful moment for the PASL, of course, but for arena soccer as a sport," Milliken continued. "To get from the level of acrimony that existed between various leagues when we started the Premier Arena Soccer League (the PASL's amateur developmental league) in 1998 to the camaraderie that exists between owners now is something that people said could not be done.

"We would like to thank Blast owner Ed Hale, Comets owner Brad Likens, and Sockers owner Phil Salvagio  for taking leadership and having the vision to make this happen," said Milliken. "The combined history and experience of these owners is going to really accelerate our growth and their contributions will be invaluable." 

The league will have around 20 teams in the US and Mexico and will be considered the top level of arena soccer in North America.  The timing of the agreement is significant because the PASL will be hosting the first ever WMF World Cup of Arena Soccer in February/March 2015.

"For the first time the US National Arena Soccer Team will have access to all of the best talent in the country and we will have a bigger pool of potential host cities to showcase our six-a-side boarded arena soccer to the rest of the world," states US National Arena Soccer Team head coach Phil Salvagio. .

Heading into its seventh season, the PASL has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth.  From eight teams in 2008-09, the league swelled to 20 teams this season, while attendance has increased 105% since 2011-12.  Average attendance is projected to jump another 50% or more in the upcoming season with the addition of the new teams.

While the new partnership has positioned itself as the future of arena soccer it now also has a rich pedigree in the sport's history.  The league's Dallas Sidekicks will be celebrating 30 years since their founding and the San Diego Sockers history can be traced back to the 1970s.

The Baltimore Blast franchise was founded in 1992, but Baltimore has had continuous arena soccer since 1980, winning seven championships.

The Missouri Comets, based in Independence, won the most recent MISL championship in March. The Comets name dates back to 1981 and the Kansas City area has enjoyed almost 30 seasons of arena soccer.

The leagues owners meeting is May 17th and 18th in Baltimore, and will be having a formal press conference on Monday May 19th, time and location TBD. The majority of the teams, division layout, and any other changes will be announced then.
About Professional Arena Soccer League and Premier Arena Soccer League 
The PASL is a professional league which began play on October 25, 2008.  The league, which concluded its sixth season with the Chicago Mustangs claiming the Newman Cup on March 16, is the largest and longest-running arena soccer organization in the US. The Tulsa Revolution, Ontario Fury, Wichita B-52s, Monterrey Flash, Saltillo Rancho Seco, Cleveland Freeze, and Bay Area Rosal were added for the 2013/14 season. The PASL-Premier just concluded its 16th season as the nation's top amateur arena soccer league and is the official developmental league of the PASL. Both the PASL and PASL-Premier are members of Confederacion Panamerica de Minifutbol (CPM). 


Mar 17, 2014

USL Issues Statement On MISL

MISL News Release

Monday, March 17, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – The following is a statement from the Major Indoor Soccer League:

“Since acquiring the MISL in 2011, we have been committed to raising the overall standards within the league and bringing increased stability to what had previously been a turbulent period for the indoor professional game. While we have on many counts made progress towards these goals during the past three years, we have also come to the conclusion that in order to realize our fundamental strategic objective of a vibrant and sustainable model for indoor professional soccer at the highest level, it will be necessary for us to do more than continue to make minor adjustments to the existing framework.

“Accordingly, the MISL is undertaking a process of comprehensively reviewing all aspects of the property including its membership, competitive product, and economic model. Fundamental to the resulting reforms that will be implemented is ensuring that our most important partners, the team owners, not only share our vision, but are also capable of meeting the operational, economic, and legal standards of participating in a high-level indoor professional soccer league. As a result, several teams that possess a different philosophy on how to structure and operate an indoor professional soccer league will not be returning to the MISL.

“The MISL refuses to compromise or otherwise relax its standards as a shortcut to increasing its number of teams in the immediate-term, and to the contrary believes that this is the proper time for the ownership standards to be increased in order to best position this league for long-term success. If that means it becomes necessary for us to not have a 2014-15 season schedule in order to ensure that we can fully complete a process of rebuilding a strong and committed membership of ambitious team owners, then that is a route we are prepared to pursue.

“We will be spending the next few months working to determine the future of the league with those who possess the capability, desire, and assets to be a part of building a league that is truly special and is worthy of the illustrious history of the MISL name. Several prominent organizations with arena sports interests have committed to be part of this process and we are excited about where this will lead us. We look forward to sharing with our fans the result of these efforts in mid-2014 and appreciate the passionate following the sport continues to have throughout North America.”

Mar 16, 2014

Chicago Win PASL Triple Crown


PASL regular season. Ron Newman Cup. U.S. Open. The Chicago Mustangs have won every team trophy in the 2013-14 Professional Arena Soccer League season. A tightly-played opening half eventually opened up and the Mustangs defeated Hidalgo La Fiera 14-5 Sunday before a crowd of 3,969 at the Sears Centre Arena.
Bryan Moya opened scoring just :29 into the game and that set the tone for what was to come. Wilo Martinez, who was shut out in the semifinal against Cleveland, scored at 2:24 and Miguel Vaca closed the opening frame to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

A pair of goals by La Fiera had Hidalgo back in the game midway through the second quarter, but the final 3+ minutes were taken over by the Mustangs. Vaca assisted on goals scored by Martinez and Adrian Ortiz, which made the score 5-2 at the halftime break.

Luis Ortega scored what would be the game-winner at 1:17 of the third quarter when he caught La Fiera goalie Juan Gamboa off his line to score from over midfield. Chicago was on its way to nine-goal half as David Aranda, Moya and Vaca added to the total before Hidalgo could slow the bleeding at 10:04 of the quarter. Chicago led 10-4 at the third intermission.

Four-straight goals in the fourth (Ortiz, Vaca, Ortega and Martinez) made it 14-4 with 6:55 remaining. La Fiera scored once more, but it was too little as Chicago celebrated their Ron Newman Cup and U.S. Open victory.

Making several big saves, Jesus Flores earned the victory in net for Chicago. Flores finished with 13 saves and completed the season playing every minute of all 18 league games. After the game Flores was named winner of the Aaron Susi/Ron Newman Cup MVP.

Official gamesheet