Major Indoor Soccer League (2001–2008)
Major Indoor Soccer League (2001–2008) Sport Indoor Soccer Founded 2001 Country(ies) United States and
Ceased 2008 Last champion(s) Baltimore Blast TV partner(s) Fox Soccer Channel Official website http://www.misl.net
The Major Indoor Soccer League was the top professional indoor soccer league in the USA. The league was a member of both the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA. The MISL had replaced the NPSL which folded in 2001. According to MISL.net, the league has ceased operations as of May 31, 2008. "We are considering structural changes that will bring us greater efficiencies, while also allowing long term growth and expansion of the League," said John Hantz, former Chairman of the MISL, and Owner/Operator of the Detroit Ignition. All the teams from MISL went to the new indoor leagues: NISL, PASL-PRO and the XSL. The NISL and XSL used the same playing rules as the MISL.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization
- 3 Television
- 4 MISL teams
- 5 Annual awards
- 6 MISL Championship series
- 7 Rules
- 8 Average attendance
- 9 Notes
- 10 See also
In the summer of 2001, the National Professional Soccer League disbanded. The six surviving teams organized the MISL as a single-entity structure similar to Major League Soccer. In 2002, the MISL absorbed two teams from the World Indoor Soccer League, the Dallas Sidekicks and San Diego Sockers. The St. Louis Steamers, another former WISL team, joined the following year. On May 27, 2008, Commissioner Steve Ryan stepped down as the commissioner of the MISL, and then on June 2, 2008, the Management Committee of the MISL announced they had ceased operations effective May 31, 2008 to reform the league. All of the MISL's teams from its last season joined either the National Indoor Soccer League, Professional Arena Soccer League, or the Xtreme Soccer League.
The MISL was organized in a single table playing a 30 game schedule. Traditionally, the season began in October and ended in March. The league also conducted an All-Star Game at midseason. It pitted Eastern teams against Western teams and USA All-Stars against World All-Stars as well as the MISL All-Stars against a Mexican team. No All-Star Game was played in the 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 seasons. The All-Star game scheduled for the 2007-08 season in Stockton, California was also canceled.
The top six teams qualified for the playoffs, which began in April. In the first round, the sixth place team played the third place team while the fourth and fifth place teams also played either other. The top two teams received a bye in the first round. The survivors of the first round played the top two seeds in the semifinals with the first place team playing the lowest surviving seed from the first round and the second place team playing the highest surviving seed. The two semi-final winners met in the MISL Championship Final. The first two rounds were a two game series with a golden goal tie breaker. The Championship Final was a single game at a predetermined neutral site.
The MISL had a relative lack of television coverage for being a national professional sports league. In February 2007, the league and Versus announced a partnership to deliver a nationally televised game of the week starting in March 2007. For the 2006 - 2007 season, Versus broadcast two regular season games, a MISL Championship Series Semifinal game on April 14, and the MISL Championship Series Final. Additionally, the MISL produced its first-ever live magazine show to preview the 2007 MISL Championship Series. Before the 2006 - 2007 season, national television coverage was limited to the MISL Championships in 2005 and 2006, which were shown on ESPN2.
For the 2007-08, the MISL signed an agreement with Fox Soccer Channel to televise 20 games that season.
In addition to national television, certain games were shown in local markets over local cable networks like CN8.
Coach of the Year Award
Season Coach Team 2001–2002 Keith Tozer Milwaukee Wave 2002–2003 Keith Tozer Milwaukee Wave 2003–2004 Tatu Dallas Sidekicks 2004–2005 Omid Namazi Cleveland Force 2005–2006 Omid Namazi St. Louis Steamers 2006–2007 Mark Pulisic Detroit Ignition
Defender of the Year Award
Season Player Team 2001–2002 Sean Bowers Baltimore Blast 2002–2003 Genoni Martinez Harrisburg Heat 2003–2004 Genoni Martinez Monterrey Fury 2004–2005 Pat Morris Baltimore Blast 2005–2006 Genoni Martinez St. Louis Steamers 2006–2007 Genoni Martinez Philadelphia KiXX
Goalkeeper of the Year Award
Season Player Team 2001–2002 Victor Nogueira Milwaukee Wave 2002–2003 Victor Nogueira Milwaukee Wave 2003–2004 Pete Pappas Philadelphia KiXX 2004–2005 Pete Pappas Philadelphia KiXX 2005–2006 Brett Phillips St. Louis Steamers 2006–2007 Pete Pappas Philadelphia KiXX
Most Valuable Player Award (Hector Marinaro Trophy)
Season Player Position Team 2001–2002 Dino Delevski Forward Kansas City Comets 2002–2003 Dino Delevski Forward Kansas City Comets 2003–2004 Greg Howes Forward Milwaukee Wave 2004–2005 Greg Howes Forward Milwaukee Wave 2005–2006 Aduato Neto Forward Baltimore Blast 2006–2007 Jamar Beasley Forward Detroit Ignition
Rookie of the Year Award
Season Player Position Team 2001–2002 Billy Nelson Defender Baltimore Blast 2002–2003 P. J. Wakefield Forward Baltimore Blast 2003–2004 Jamar Beasley Forward Kansas City Comets 2004–2005 John Barry Nusum Forward Philadelphia KiXX 2005–2006 Vicente Figueroa Forward California Cougars 2006–2007 Stephen Armstrong Forward Chicago Storm
MISL Championship series
Season Date(s) Champion Series Runner-Up Host 2001-02 Philadelphia KiXX 2-1 Milwaukee Wave Milwaukee/Philadelphia 2002-03 Baltimore Blast 2-1 Milwaukee Wave Baltimore/Milwaukee 2003-04 Baltimore Blast 3-0 Milwaukee Wave Baltimore/Milwaukee 2004-05 Milwaukee Wave 2-0 Cleveland Force Milwaukee/St. Louis 2005-06 Baltimore Blast 2-1 St. Louis Steamers Baltimore/St. Louis 2006-07 4/21/07 Philadelphia KiXX 1-0 Detroit Ignition Detroit 2007-08 4/25/08 Baltimore Blast 1-0 Monterrey La Raza Milwaukee
MISL Championships Won
Team Championships Winning years Baltimore Blast 4 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 Philadelphia KiXX 2 2002, 2007 Milwaukee Wave 1 2005
Series Years Single game 2007, 2008 Two game plus golden goal series 2005, 2006 Best-of-three series 2002, 2003 Best-of-five series 2004
Each MISL game consisted of four 15-minute quarters. There were breaks between the first two and the last two quarters. There was also a 15-minute halftime. Ties resulted in consecutive 15-minute sudden death overtimes.
An MISL field was roughly the size of an ice hockey rink, measuring 200 feet by 80 feet. Goals measured 14 feet by 8 feet and are set into the boards. Players were allowed to bounce the ball off the dasher boards. Play stopped if the ball leaves the field of play.
During an MISL game, each team was allowed to have 6 players on the field at a time. One player was the goalkeeper who handled the ball while in the penalty arc. The other players were generally divided as two defenders, one midfielder, and two forwards. Substitution was unlimited and may happen "on the fly" during play.
Fouls and misconducts were generally the same as outdoor soccer with a few changes. First, all kicks were direct, with no whistle to restart play, which usually resulted in a "quick start". Also, the MISL utilized blue cards in addition to the traditional yellow and red cards of outdoor soccer.
Blue cards were for fouls that earn possible two minute power plays. Yellow cards were given for dissent, resulting in a 5 minute penalty but the offending team did not play short.
All red cards in the MISL resulted in a two minute power play. Red cards were awarded for violent conduct or accumulation of cards (3 blues or 2 yellows).
Originally, the MISL had a multiple point scoring system where goals were worth 1, 2, or 3 points depending upon the distance that they were scored or game situation. The former WISL teams objected to this. After the 2003 Championship, the league began using a traditional one-point-per-goal rule because of a controversial goal scored during the deciding game. However, the league went back to multipoint scoring in 2006 with 2- and 3-point goals.
Year Record 2001-02 5,065 2002-03 5,420 2003-04 5,587 2004-05 4,388 2005-06 4,737 2006-07 4,711 2007-08 4,577 Seasons Average 7 4,957
- ^ http://www.misl.net/news/index.php?cat=3&id=5375
- ^ PASL
- ^ "2005-06 MISL Coach of the Year - Omid Namazi". MISL.net. May 23, 2006. http://www.misl.net/news/?cat=1&id=4609. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- ^ a b c d e "2006-07 MISL Season Awards". MISL.net. April 7, 2007. http://www.misl.net/news/?cat=1&id=5006. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- ^ "2005-06 MISL Defender of the Year - Genoni Martinez". MISL.net. May 24, 2006. http://www.misl.net/news/?cat=1&id=4611. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- ^ "2005-06 MISL Goalkeeper of the Year - Brett Phillips". MISL.net. May 23, 2006. http://www.misl.net/news/?cat=1&id=4610. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- ^ "2005-06 MISL MVP (The Hector Marinaro Trophy) - Adauto Neto". MISL.net. May 25, 2006. http://www.misl.net/news/?cat=1&id=4612. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
- ^ "2005-06 MISL Rookie of the Year - Vicente Figueroa". MISL.net. May 19, 2006. http://www.misl.net/news/?cat=1&id=4607. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
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Teams Arenas Defunct soccer leagues in the United StatesALPF (1894–95) • NAFBL (1895–1921) • ASL I (1921–33) • ASL II (1933–83) • NASFL (1946–47) • NPSL I (1967) • USA (1967) • NASL (1968–84) • MISL I (1978–92) • NPSL II (1984–2001) • USL I (1984–85) • WSA (1985–89) • LSSA (1987–92) • ASL III (1988–89) • CISL (1993–97) • EISL (1997–98) • WISL (1998–2001) • WUSA (2001–03) • AISL (2002-08) • MISL II (2001–08) • XSL (2008–09)
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