Major Arena Soccer League
|Country||United States (15 teams)|
|Other club(s) from||Mexico (2 teams)|
Confederación Panamericana |
de Minifutbol (CPM)
|Founded||May 18, 2008|
|Number of teams||17|
|Domestic cup(s)||U.S. Open|
|Current champions||Baltimore Blast (2015–16)|
|Most championships||San Diego Sockers (4)|
The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) is a North American indoor soccer league formerly known as the Professional Arena Soccer League. MASL is an affiliated member of the World Minifootball Federation (WMF), the governing body of the sport.
The league was organized as the Professional Arena Soccer League on May 18, 2008, as an offshoot of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL-Premier), the nation's largest amateur league. The league was originally nicknamed "PASL-Pro" to distinguish it from PASL-Premier.
In 2011, it was announced the professional league would officially be referred to as simply PASL, while the amateur league would still be referred to as the PASL-Premier. The first league game was played on October 25, 2008, in front of a crowd of 3,239 at Stockton Arena, with the California Cougars defeating the Colorado Lightning 10–5.
On March 17, 2014, one day after the 2013–2014 Major Indoor Soccer League Championship finale, United Soccer Leagues President Tim Holt announced "a number" of teams would not be returning to MISL the following year. In April 2014 it was officially announced that six teams (Baltimore Blast, Milwaukee Wave, Missouri Comets, Rochester Lancers, St. Louis Ambush, and Syracuse Silver Knights) joined PASL for the 2014–2015 season.
The league announced a change in its name from the Professional Arena Soccer League to the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) on May 18, 2014. This represents a merging of the MISL and PASL names. MASL fielded 23 teams for the 2014–15 season.
Split and re-merger into the MASL
In February 2016, the current owner of the Baltimore Blast, Ed Hale, announced his intentions to leave the MASL and form a new league, the Indoor Professional League. Hale was later announced as the chairman of the league, and Sam Fantauzzo, former owner of the Rochester Lancers, was announced as the first commissioner of the league. The St. Louis Ambush, Baltimore Blast, and Harrisburg Heat announced plans to join, along with the expansion Florida Tropics SC.
However, in August 2016, the MASL announced that the Blast, Heat, and Ambush would return to the MASL while the Tropics would join the MASL as an expansion team. This effectively ended the IPL split with the MASL.
North American Finals
|Season||Champions||Score||Runner-Up||Playoffs / Host|
|2008–09||Stockton Cougars||13–5||1790 Cincinnati||Stockton, California|
|2009–10||San Diego Sockers||9–8||La Raza de Guadalajara||San Diego, California|
|2010–11||San Diego Sockers||10–6||La Raza de Guadalajara||Cincinnati, Ohio|
Ron Newman Cup
|Season||Champions||Score(s)||Runner-Up||Playoffs / Host|
|2011–12||San Diego Sockers||10–7||Detroit Waza Flo||San Diego, California|
|2012–13||San Diego Sockers||8–6||Detroit Waza Flo||San Diego, California|
|2013–14||Chicago Mustangs||14–5||Hidalgo La Fiera||Hoffman Estates, Illinois|
|2014–15||Monterrey Flash||6–4 (OT), 4–6, 4–3 (OT)||Baltimore Blast||2–1 (best-of 3 series)|
|2015–16||Baltimore Blast||7–4, 14–13 (OT)||Sonora Suns||2–0 (best-of 3 series)|
* Does not include 28 games where attendance was not reported. The PASL 2008–09 regular season consisted of 86 games total.
** Does not include 8 games where attendance was not reported. The PASL 2009–10 regular season consisted of 95 games total.
*** Does not include 10 games where attendance was not reported. The PASL 2010–11 regular season consisted of 94 games total.
Office of the Commissioner
Kevin Milliken – League Founder and Vice-President of Business Development
Jon Ramin – Vice-President of Operations
Lane Smith (Tacoma) – President
Bernie Lilavois (Ontario) – Vice-President
Phil Salvagio (San Diego) – Secretary
Brad Likens (Missouri) – Treasurer
Rogelio Cota (Sonora) – Member-at-Large
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