Major Indoor Soccer League (2008–)

Major Indoor Soccer League (2008–)
Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL)
Countries United States United States
Founded 2008
Number of teams 7
Current champions Milwaukee Wave
Most championships Baltimore Blast,
Milwaukee Wave,
& Monterrey La Raza (1 each)
2010-11 season

The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), formerly known as the National Indoor Soccer League, is an 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 previously in the previous Major Indoor Soccer League and one formerly in the American Indoor Soccer League.[3][4] 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 top-tier league of indoor soccer in the USA.



The NISL was one of three leagues that organized in late 2008 after the demise of the second MISL; the others 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 had announced they were to go on a one year hiatus due to a low amount of monetary backing, which left the NISL as the highest priced operating 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 2009-2010. The NISL did acquire the Milwaukee Wave for the 2009-2010 season.[6] The NISL lost one team for the 2009-2010 season, the Massachusetts Twisters.[7] The only team that was a member of the NISL's inaugural season that is still playing in the MISL today is the Baltimore Blast. The rest of the 2010-2011 season teams are expansion teams that joined this year, with the exception of the Milwaukee Wave who joined in the second season.[8]

Shortly before the league launched its 2009-2010 season, the opportunity arose to purchase the rights to the name of its predecessor, "Major Indoor Soccer League"; the league acquired the rights and immediately rebranded itself as the newest form of the MISL.[9]

July 18, 2010 the MISL played another All-Star Game against Bermuda's Island Soccer League. Milwaukee Wave's Hewerton Moriera had 3 goals and 2 assists also Philadelphia KiXX's Richardino added 2 goals and 2 assists in the MISL All-Stars 8 - 3 win.

It was announced on August 18th, 2010 that the MISL is expanding into Missouri (Kansas City) and Omaha starting with the 2010-11 season.

The league is looking to expand in former MISL markets like St. Louis, Hartford, Harrisburg, Dallas, and Newark. The league is also looking to expand in newer markets like Boston, Tulsa, Minneapolis, Denver, and Raleigh.[10][11][12]

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 reigning champion 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.[13]

In May 2011, United Soccer Leagues announced it had entered into an agreement with the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and will operate the indoor league beginning with the 2011-12 season.

On September 27 2011, the MISL announced that the Chicago Kick failed to secure a suitable venue in time and would not play for the 2011-2012 season. The Kick will try to join the league for the 2012-2013 season.[14][15]


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



Team City/Area Arena Joined Head Coach
Eastern Division
Baltimore Blast Baltimore, Maryland 1st Mariner Arena 2008 United States Danny Kelly
Norfolk SharX Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope 2010 England Jon Hall[17]
Rochester Lancers Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena 2010 United States Bill Andracki
Syracuse Silver Knights Syracuse, New York War Memorial at Oncenter 2010 United States Tommy Tanner
Central Division
Milwaukee Wave Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S. Cellular Arena 2009 United States Keith Tozer
Missouri Comets Independence, Missouri (Kansas City area) Independence Events Center 2010 Denmark Kim Røntved
Wichita Wings Park City, Kansas (Wichita area) Hartman Arena 2010 United States LeBaron Hollimon


Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined Folded Current Status
Chicago Riot Chicago, Illinois Odeum Expo Center 2010 2010 2011 Folded
Massachusetts Twisters West Springfield, Massachusetts The Big E Coliseum 2003 2008 2009 Folded
Monterrey La Raza[18] Monterrey, Nuevo León Monterrey Arena 2007 2008 2010 Folded
Orlando Sharks[19] 1 Orlando, Florida Amway Arena 2007 2008 2008 Folded
Philadelphia KiXX[20] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Liacouras Center 1995 2008 2010 Folded
Rockford Rampage[21] Rockford, Illinois Rockford MetroCentre 2005 2008 2010 Folded
  1. Never played a NISL/MISL game

Left the MISL

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined MISL Left MISL New League
Omaha Vipers[22] Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium 2010 2010 2011 PASL-Pro

Expansion Teams

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joining MISL
Chicago Kick Chicago, Illinois TBA 2011 2012-2013


Season Date Champion Score Runner-Up Host Playoffs MVP
2008-09 4/11/09 Baltimore 13-10 Rockford Baltimore Sagu
2009-10 4/04/10 Monterrey 12- 6 Milwaukee Milwaukee Chile Farias
2010-11 3/25/11 Milwaukee 16-7 Baltimore Baltimore Marcel Feenstra

Average attendance

Year Games Total Average
2008-09 41 170,696 4,163
2009-10 50 188,005 3,760
2010-11 50 199,123 3,982
2011-12 00 000,000 0,000
Seasons Games Total Average
3 141 557,824 3,956


  1. ^ Orlando Business Journal, September 10, 2008. "Orlando Sharks join new indoor soccer league, will play 18-game schedule". Accessed 1 October 2008
  2. ^ Baker, Kent, 10 September 2008. The Baltimore Sun, "Blast joins downsized new league". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  3. ^ The Associated Press, 10 September 2008. "Blast owner announces new league". Accessed 1 October 2008.
  4. ^ Welsh, Sean. 10 September 2008. Baltimore Examiner, "A new league Blasts off: National Indoor Soccer League to house Blast, 4 others". Accessed 1 October 2008.
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  9. ^ "The new face of indoor soccer". 2 November, 2009. Retrieved 4 November, 2009. 
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  14. ^ Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "MISL drops Chicago team" Accessed 28 September 2011
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  18. ^"[4]". Accessed 6 October 2010.
  19. ^ Ruiz, Stephen. 23 October 2008. Orlando Sentinel, "Orlando's indoor soccer team will skip this season, focus on returning in 2009". Accessed 31 October 2008.
  20. ^ Walker, Don. 15 October 2010. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"", "Changes ahead for Wave, MISL". Accessed 15 October 1010.
  21. ^"[5]". Accessed 6 October 2010.
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