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MISL NEWS RELEASE: Monday, August 29, 2011
Revitalized MISL Set For 2011-12 Season
Season to kick off November 3
TAMPA, Fla. – A new era for the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) is set to kick off in November, with a mix of traditional powers and exciting new clubs set to fight for the championship in North America’s most storied professional indoor soccer league. 
The new MISL has grown from five to eight teams for the 2011-12 season as the Baltimore Blast, Milwaukee Wave and Missouri Comets are joined by a new franchise in Chicago as well as the Norfolk SharX, Rochester Lancers, Syracuse Silver Knights and Wichita Wings. The eight teams will be divided into two geographic divisions - Eastern and Central.
Eastern Division
Baltimore Blast
Norfolk SharX
Rochester Lancers
Syracuse Silver Knights
Central Division
Milwaukee Wave
Missouri Comets
Wichita Wings
The 2011-12 MISL regular season will consist of 24 games, with teams playing 16 games within their division - six games against their nearest geographic rival and five games each against the other two teams. They will face each of the teams from the other division twice, once home and once away.
The 2011-12 MISL regular season kicks off on Thursday, November 3 when the Missouri Comets visit the Wichita Wings at Hartman Arena. The regular season concludes on March 4.  The full MISL 2011-12 schedule will be announced later this week.
2011-12 MISL Home Openers
Thursday, 11/3 Missouri Comets @ Wichita Wings            
Friday, 11/4 Rochester Lancers @ Syracuse Silver Knights
Friday, 11/4 Wichita Wings @ Missouri Comets
Friday, 11/11 Syracuse Silver Knights @ Norfolk SharX     
Saturday, 11/12 Syracuse Silver Knights @Baltimore Blast
Sunday, 11/13 Wichita Wings @Milwaukee Wave             
Saturday, 11/19 Syracuse Silver Knights @ Rochester Lancers
Sunday, 11/27 Milwaukee Wave @Chicago

The MISL playoffs will begin with the semifinals March 9-11, featuring the top two teams from each division meeting in a home-and-home series with a mini game to decide the series following the second game if needed.  The championship will follow the same format on March 16-18. The higher seed will choose which game it hosts.
United Soccer Leagues entered into an agreement with the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) in May 2011 and will operate North America’s most storied and tradition-rich professional indoor soccer league beginning with the 2011-12 season. The MISL represents the top level of professional indoor soccer in North America and consists of eight franchises for 2011-12.
United Soccer Leagues
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, United Soccer Leagues has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors. Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean. USL provides a clearly defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (USL Super Y-League/USL Super-20 League), continuing up through the amateur level (USL Premier Development League/USL W-League) and on to the professional level (USL PRO, MISL). A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the region.
USL Communications - Jay Preble / Nicholas Murray /David Wagner - Tampa, FL - 813.963.3909 - Twitter: USLsoccer

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