- Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League
Infobox sports league
The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League or CMISL is a professional
indoor soccerleague that began full league play in January 2008. The league's president is Mel Kowalchuk. The indoor league's model is planned to be used to establish a professional soccer league outdoors in Canada as well.
The 2008 schedule had each team playing 10 games. The schedule, however, was unbalanced as both the Edmonton Drillers and
Saskatoon Acceleratorsplay 6 home games and 4 road games, while the Calgary United FCplay 5 home games and 5 road games. The games held at the Stampede Corralwere unique as they featured in a round-robinstyle with all CMISL teams participating. Due to scheduling concerns at the MTS Centre, the Winnipeg Alliance FCwere a road only franchise and played 10 road games. The league announced on their website that there was Championship Final at the Servus Centreon March 14, 2008won by Edmonton. The league announced that it would become part of the Professional Arena Soccer Leaguefor the 2008-2009 season.
The press release announced that each member franchise would play year round, in both indoor and outdoor professional leagues.
"For more information, see the
2007 CMISL seasonarticle."
For 2007, the CMISL played a "Showcase Season" or an exhibition schedule to create interest and test the markets.
The first match of the "Showcase" was held on
March 10, 2007at the Stampede Corralin Calgary and was played between the Edmonton Drillers and Calgary United FC, while the final match was played on April 1, 2007in Winnipeg, at the MTS Centre, between Edmonton and the Winnipeg Alliance FC. In all, each CMISL franchise held a home doubleheader, leading to an uneven amount of games between the teams. Edmonton played the most with six games played, as they were the road team for three of the four doubleheaders. The Saskatoon Acceleratorson the other hand played only two games, as they did not play a single road game.
"For more information see the
2008 CMISL seasonarticle."
The CMISL released its 2008 schedule via press release on
October 25, 2007and held an accompanying press conference at Servus Placein St. Albert. The league kicked off its inaugural season on January 19, 2008with a tournament involving all the teams, hosted by Calgary United FCat the Stampede Corralin Calgary.
A "showcase" match had been scheduled for
December 1, 2007and December 2, 2007between the Edmonton Drillers and the Prince George FC, but on November 10, 2007it was reported the series had been rescheduled to April 5, 2008and April 6, 2008. The game is being played in Prince George at the CN Centre. Four other pre-season exhibition games were scheduled between the Edmonton Drillers and Saskatoon Accelerators. Two of these games will be held in St. Albert at the Servus Place and two will be held in Saskatoon at the Credit Union Centre. All were held between December 28, 2007and January 6, 2008.
"For more information see the
2009 CMISL seasonarticle."
The 2009 season sees a different format than previous seasons. As the league has become affiliated with the
Professional Arena Soccer Leaguein the United States, the four CMISL will play four games against the PASL teams. Each team will play two home games and two road games against PASL teams. The remaining schedule and its format has yet to be announced by the CMISL.
The playoffs will feature the CMISL champion taking part in an interlocking championship with the winners of the PASL and the winner of the Mexican
Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido. It has not been announced what format the CMISL championship will take.
The pitch is a regular sized hockey rink with artificial turf placed on it. The goals are eight feet high and convert|14|ft|m wide. Goals are worth one point if they are scored on a penalty kick or inside the three point line. Goals are worth three points if they are scored from beyond the three point line.
Teams consist of six players, including the goalkeeper, on the floor at any one time. The players are changed on the fly, like in hockey. Also like hockey, at times teams will be required to play one or even two players short. These situations, are a result of a player being shown a blue card. A blue card requires the offending player to serve a two or four minute penalty depending on the severity of the offense.
A single game is composed of four fifteen minute quarters. In the few instances where doubleheaders are scheduled, the games will then be shortened to two, twenty minutes halves. During exhibition matches if the teams are tied at the end of the regulation time, a penalty shootout will occur to determine the winner.
* [http://www.arenaleague.com PASL]
* [http://www.cmisl.com CMISL]
* [http://www.calgaryunitedfc.ca Calgary United FC]
* [http://www.edmontondrillers.ca Edmonton Drillers]
* [http://www.acceleratorssoccer.com Saskatoon Accelerators]
* [http://alliancefc.net/index.html Winnipeg Alliance FC]
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