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Indoor Soccer Leagues (2001-Today)

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After the National Professional Soccer League (1990-2001) folded in 2001, the slow and steady decline in the popularity of professional indoor soccer accelerated rapidly.  Since 2001, the sport has seen an alphabet soup of leagues, re-branding efforts, fly-by-night franchises, and continuously diminishing budgets.

Frankly, none of the chaotic leagues that have hung a shingle since 2001 deserve their own entry here, so we have consolidated all of the 21st century leagues in this catch-all category of “Indoor Soccer (2001-Today)”.  This includes franchises from the following leagues (including a couple of pre-cursor leagues, the Premier Soccer Alliance and the World Indoor Soccer League):

Premier Soccer Alliance Franchise List (1998)

An offshoot of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (1993-1997).  Became the World Indoor Soccer League in 1999.

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
Arizona Thunder 1998 Thunder Home Tagged Posts
Dallas Sidekicks 1998 Sidekicks Home Tagged Posts
Portland Pythons 1998 Pythons Home Tagged Posts
Sacramento Knights 1998 Knights Home Tagged Posts

 

World Indoor Soccer League Franchise List (1999-2001)

Grew out of the demise of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (1993-1997).  After the 2001 season, Dallas, San Diego and St. Louis merged into the Major Indoor Soccer League.

 

Franchise Years Active Home Page Years Active
Arizona Thunder 1999 Thunder Home Tagged Posts
Arizona Thundercats 2000 Thundercats Home Tagged Posts
Dallas Sidekicks 1999-2001 Sidekicks Home Tagged Posts
Houston Hotshots 1999-2000 Hotshots Home Tagged Posts
Monterrey La Raza 1999-2000 La Raza Home Tagged Posts
Portland Pythons 1999 Pythons Guide Tagged Posts
Sacramento Knights 1999-2001 Knights Home Tagged Posts
San Diego Sockers 2001 Sockers Home Tagged Posts
St. Louis Steamers 2000-2001 Steamers Home Tagged Posts
Utah Freezz 1999-2001 Freezz Home Tagged Posts

 

 

Major Indoor Soccer League Franchise List (2001-2008)

Six surviving clubs from the defunct National Professional Soccer League (1990-2001) re-organized as the Major Indoor Soccer League for the fall/winter of 2001-02.  In doing so, the reclaimed the MISL name, hoping to capitalize on nostalgia for the first and most successful indoor soccer organization, which existed from 1978 to 1992.

This second incarnation of the MISL folded in June 2008, with most of the league’s remaining franchises splitting into two separate camps and forming the National Indoor Soccer League (2008-2009) and the Xtreme Soccer League (2008-2009).

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
Baltimore Blast 2001-2008 Blast Home Tagged Posts
California Cougars 2005-2008 Cougars Home Tagged Posts
Chicago Storm 2004-2008 Storm Home Tagged Posts
Cleveland Crunch 2001-2002 Crunch Home Tagged Posts
Cleveland Force 2002-2005 Force Home Tagged Posts
Dallas Sidekicks 2002-2004 Sidekicks Home Tagged Posts
Detroit Ignition 2006-2008 Ignition Home Tagged Posts
Harrisburg Heat 2001-2003 Heat Home Tagged Posts
Kansas City Comets 2001-2005 Comets Home Tagged Posts
Milwaukee Wave 2001-2008 Wave Home Tagged Posts
Monterrey Fury 2003-2004 Fury Home Tagged Posts
Monterrey La Raza 2007-2008 La Raza Home Tagged Posts
New Jersey Ironmen 2007-2008 Ironmen Home Tagged Posts
Orlando Sharks 2007-2008 Sharks Home Tagged Posts
Philadelphia Kixx 2001-2008 Kixx Home Tagged Posts
San Diego Sockers 2002-2004 Sockers Home Tagged Posts
St. Louis Steamers 2003-2006 Steamers Home Tagged Posts

 

 

National Indoor Soccer League Franchise List (2008-2009)

One of the two offshoot leagues, along with the Xtreme Soccer League (2008-2009) which formed out of the break-up of the second Major Indoor Soccer League (2001-2008).  After one desultory season, the NISL clubs reunited with the Milwaukee franchise of the failed Xtreme Soccer League and formed – wait for it – the third incarnation of the Major Indoor Soccer League.  All but a handful of message board obsessives had long since stopped paying attention.

 

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
Baltimore Blast 2008-2009 Blast Home Tagged Posts
Massachusetts Twisters 2008-2009 Twisters Home Tagged Posts
Monterrey La Raza 2008-2009 La Raza Home Tagged Posts
Philadelphia Kixx 2008-2009 Kixx Home Tagged Posts
Rockford Rampage 2008-2009 Rampage Home Tagged Posts

 

Xtreme Soccer League Franchise List (2008-2009)

One of the two offshoot leagues, along with the Xtreme Soccer League (2008-2009) which formed out of the break-up of the second Major Indoor Soccer League (2001-2008).  The XSL laughably attempted to market itself as a “lifestyle brand” that was not simply about indoor soccer, but also a year-long immersive multi-media…oh, who cares.   It failed miserably and folded after one season.  The league’s sole survivor, the indestructible Milwaukee Wave (born 1984) hooked up with its old buddies in the National Indoor Soccer League and formed the THIRD version of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Franchise Years Active Home Page Tagged Posts
Chicago Storm 2008-2009 Storm Home Tagged Posts
Detroit Ignition 2008-2009 Ignition Home Tagged Posts
Milwaukee Wave 2008-2009 Wave Home Tagged Posts
New Jersey Ironmen 2008-2009 Ironmen Home Tagged Posts

 

 

Major Indoor Soccer League Franchise List (2009-Present)

Baltimore Blast 2009-Present Blast Home Tagged Posts
Chicago Riot 2010-2011 Riot Home Tagged Posts
Chicago Soul 2012-Present Soul Home Tagged Posts
Milwaukee Wave 2009-Present Wave Home Tagged Posts
Missouri Comets 2010-Present Comets Home Tagged Posts
Monterrey La Raza 2009-2010 La Raza Home Tagged Posts
Norfolk SharX 2011-2012 SharX Home Tagged Posts
Omaha Vipers 2010-2011 Vipers Home Tagged Posts
Pennsylvania Roar 2013-2014 Roar Home Tagged Posts
Philadelphia Kixx 2009-2010 Kixx Home Tagged Posts
Rochester Lancers 2011-Present Lancers Home Tagged Posts
Rockford Raptors 2009-2010 Raptors Home Tagged Posts
Syracuse Silver Knights 2011-Present Silver Knights Home Tagged Posts
Wichita Wings 2011-2013 Wings Home Tagged Posts

 

Written by andycrossley

April 16th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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