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Norfolk SharX Add Two Additional Games in 2012-2013

March 29, 2012 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Norfolk SharX News Release

Norfolk, Virginia - The Norfolk SharX are pleased to announce that the Major Indoor Soccer League Board of Governors has voted to increase each team's number of regular season games from 24 to 26, beginning with the 2012-13 season and each MISL club will host 13 home games. The 2012-13 season will start on Friday, November 2, 2012 and conclude on Sunday, March 3, 2013 and Norfolk SharX season tickets for 2012-2013 are on sale now.

The change adds two games for each team without increasing the length of the regular season, providing even more chances for fans to cheer on their teams in 2012-13.

"I am very happy to see the MISL enjoy such remarkable growth during this, the SharX first season," said SharX General Manager Jim Gooley. " The SharX can thank our own beloved fans as they returned again and again to fuel the team with their cheering. The SharX finished strong defeating both Milwaukee and Baltimore, teams who would eventually play for the league championship. Coach Hall did a remarkable job building a team who could on any given gameday defeat any team in the MISL. I am excited to carry that momentum into our second season at Scope Arena and with these additional games, give our fans even more to cheer about."

A total of 336,000 fans attended MISL regular season games in 2011-12, an increase of nearly 140,000 from the previous season, while another 31,000 attended the six games in the MISL Playoffs. Those numbers will only increase in 2012-13 as the MISL gains momentum and expands to new markets.

"The Governors felt an extra home date for each team would add to the competition for playoff spots and help build the league's fan base," MISL Senior Director Chris Economides said. "Fewer teams will have to endure long breaks between games, which definitely helps keep fans engaged."

The Milwaukee Wave captured the 2012 MISL Championship with a 2-0 series win against the Baltimore Blast. The championship was the Wave's second in a row and sixth overall in the club's history, with Marcio Leite earning the series' Most Valuable Player award after scoring five goals in the two games. More than 11,000 people attended the MISL Championship Series' games in Baltimore and Milwaukee, a number the league intends to build upon in upcoming seasons. The 2012-13 MISL schedule and playoff format will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the 2012-2013 Norfolk SharX including sponsorships, internships, tickets or to volunteer, please call 757-419-3317 or visit www.Norfolk

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