Indoor Soccer Leagues Unite to Create Major Arena Soccer League
Wichita, Kansas - May 20, 2014 - Indoor Soccer Leagues Unite to Create Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) was officially announced during a press conference held in Baltimore, MD on Monday (5/19). Teams from the former Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) have joined with teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) to create one unified league. The new league was formed after team owners gathered in Baltimore over the weekend for an annual ownership meeting.
The MASL will feature the top professional indoor teams in the United States and Mexico. The league currently consists of 24 teams and will be divided into four divisions based on geography.
Each team will play 10 home games and 10 road games with three teams from each division making the playoffs (schedules and playoff format will be released at the beginning of September). The Dallas Sidekicks will host the MASL's inaugural game against the MISL Champions, the Missouri Comets, on Saturday, October 25th at the Allen Events Center.
"I am very excited for the future and potential of this league. I met some really great people this weekend that share the same passion for soccer and this league as me and there is a lot of optimism for the upcoming season(s). Combining these teams will be fantastic for supporters, as many old rivalries will be rekindled with new ones being created as the league grows," Wichita B-52s Owner Joey Pindell said.
Ed Hale, Chairman of the League, stated "I am pleased as an owner and Chairman of the newly formed league that we have the framework for a "super" league that will foster expansion, a TV deal and national sponsors. It has been tough to get this far. We have had collegial talks with a group of well-meaning partners."
Commissioner Kevin Milliken commented "I am proud of how fast we were able to put this deal together, how much true passion everyone has for our sport, and how everyone has come together to make this great day in our sport happen."
The next order of business for the MASL is to structure other elements of the league, including the new league logo, rules, division layout, and other key components that will shape the future of the sport of indoor soccer. This information is expected to be released around mid-June.
The 24 teams of the MASL:
Hidalgo La Fiera FC
Las Vegas Legends
Saltillo Rancho Seco
San Diego Sockers
St. Louis Ambush
Syracuse Silver Knights
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