Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:51 am
The Major Indoor Soccer League, the league in which the Milwaukee Wave professional indoor soccer team operates under, has entered into an agreement with the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The USL will now operate the MISL professional indoor soccer league beginning with the 2011 2012 season.
“We are thrilled about the merger and are excited about the future of professional indoor soccer,” said Jim Lindenberg, Milwaukee Wave owner and vice chair of the MISL. “The USL has been successful in managing outdoor teams for over twenty years. This agreement with the USL ensures that the MISL is in a great position to expand. The ability for us to grow now and in the future is outstanding,”
The MISL league roster currently includes existing MISL franchises in Baltimore, Missouri and Wichita. They will be joined in the MISL by a trio of first-year USL indoor franchises in Norfolk, Rochester and Syracuse.
The League will be led by Chris Economides, senior director of USL’s professional leagues. Scheduling, competition and playoff format and rules for the MISL will be determined by the league’s Board of Governors. USL intends to seek affiliation under the U.S. Soccer Federation umbrella, consistent with its other league properties.
“We are obviously pleased to bring the top indoor soccer league in North America into the USL family,” said Alec Papadakis, USL chief executive officer. “We announced several months back that we would be operating a professional indoor soccer league in November of 2011, and this agreement with the MISL allows us to move forward with our plans. Combining the experience and tradition of the MISL with USL’s team services and league management resources will ensure the MISL reaches new levels of success.”