MISSILE Magazine was the official game program of the original Major Indoor Soccer League (1978-1992) from 1978 until 1985.
MISSILE was published in a national magazine format, which mimicked those of the NFL (“PRO”), the NHL (“GOAL”) and the NBA (“HOOP”). It was a popular approach for team sports with national ambitions in the era, including the North American Soccer League and the United States Football League. Each issue combined nationally syndicated content – often accompanied by color action photos – with a center section of local content, including rosters, local advertising and player profiles. The result was a very attractive program with a heft and production value nearly on par with some of the top magazines of the era, such as Sports Illustrated.
All of the league’s clubs sold MISSILE for the first seven seasons of the league, ending in 1985. At that point, it appears that most of the teams went their own way, producing locally designed and printed programs of varying quality until the league’s demise in 1992.
The Cleveland Force, Los Angeles Lazers & the Wichita Wings kept the MISSILE name and design alive until at least 1989, even keeping the tagline “Official Publication of the Major Indoor Soccer League” on the cover, even though they seemed to be the only clubs still using the format. The local editions of MISSILE from 1985 onward still had the great look and feel of a newsstand magazine, but no longer contained any national content or the color photography that came with it. The Force went out of business in 1988 and were replaced a year later by the Cleveland Crunch, who also used the MISSILE brand name for their match programs through at least 1991.
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