Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale confirmed on today’s episode of Kick This! podcast that his club has resigned from Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). A year earlier the Blast, along with five other former MISL teams, joined the league with PASL teams.
A week ago the MASL AGM was held in St. Louis and some minor changes were announced. Longtime PASL Commissioner Kevin Miliken was named Vice President of Business Development while former Syracuse owner Jonathan Ramin will serve as Vice President of Operations. Mike Zimmerman of Milwaukee Wave is now league president of the newly appointed MASL Board of Directors.
Hale stated that he has formed a new indoor soccer league, with several teams set to join him, including a new expansion club. The primary issue for forming a new league seems to be the issue of MASL, like MLS, being a “single-entity” league.
Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) recently announced rule changes for the upcoming 2014-15 season. While not much changed from the previous season, one new rule stands out: the use of a multi-point system.
The “new” 23-team MASL features teams from around North America, including several who previously played in MISL. That league used a multi-point system with two-point “regular” goals and a three-point goal similar to the three-point shot in basketball. In this upcoming season, which opens on October 25, four (Baltimore, Harrisburg, Rochester and Syracuse) of the 23 teams will use those MISL-style point system at their home games. The other 19 teams will play using traditional soccer scoring (one goal=one point).
What does this mean? Well, first off scores at these four arenas will look quite different than around the rest of the league. Fans may see results with scores in the 20’s with teams actually scoring less than double-digit goals in a game. A 10-7 result from Chicago may read 20-14, 26-15, or even 30-21 in the four arenas using this system.
MASL standings with ‘goals for’ and ‘goals against’ may also look a bit odd. The four east coast teams will have higher team and individual numbers for their stats.
With much effort and hype around the “unification” of the top indoor soccer leagues and teams in North America, the new MASL looks very similar to a previous version of 19 PASL teams and four MISL teams scheduling games against each other.
GLENDALE, AZ – The PASL Summer Southwestern Division champion Arizona Impact have scheduled a preseason friendly against the San Diego Sockers of Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) for Sunday, October 19 at the Sockers Indoor Center. This matchup will see Impact players against some of the top professional indoor soccer players in North America.
Prior to the match, Impact players will be attending Saturday’s San Diego Sockers vs Toros Mexico game followed by a WMF World Cup preview between the U.S. National Indoor Soccer Team taking on the Mexico National Indoor Soccer Team at the Valley View Casino Center. This will be a chance for Impact players to get a look at the professional arena as the organization has its sights set on joining the MASL for the 2015-2016 season.
The 2014-15 MASL regular season is quickly approaching with several teams making preparations. Four-time league champion San Diego Sockers have announced they will be playing host to a friendly double-header on October 18. The Sockers will face their neighbors to the south, Toros México of Tijuana at the Valley View Casino Center. That match will be followed by a clash between the USA National Indoor Soccer Team facing the Mexico National Team.
The USA-Mexico friendly is a preview of the upcoming World Minifootball Federation (WMF) World Cup, to be played in the United States in February 2015.