Major Arena Soccer League 2

The Major Arena Soccer League 2 (M2) is a North American indoor soccer league that serves as the developmental league of the Major Arena Soccer League.

Major Arena Soccer League 2
M2 Official Logo 2017
FoundedDecember 2, 2017
CountryUnited States (14 teams)
Mexico (1 team)
Number of teams15
Domestic cup(s)U.S. Open
Current championsSan Diego Sockers 2 (2018-19)
Most championshipsChicago Mustangs, San Diego Sockers 2 (1)
TV partnersMASLtv
Websitewww.m2soccer.com
2018–19 season

History

M2 launched in 2017 to "provide an outlet for teams to either reorganize for a re-emergence in the MASL or an avenue for teams to compete in smaller markets in hopes of rising to MASL status."[1] It was announced that M2 would have between 8 and 12 teams.[2]

The 2018-19 season brought the total number of teams participating the in the season up from 10 to 15. Stockton, California was announced as a market and held a team naming contest, but all news stories from the league website and all mention of the Stockton franchised were dropped[3]. The league changed from having "Conferences" to "Division." Expanding from the Eastern and Western conference's the M2 now had the Eastern Division, Mountain Division, and Pacific Division.

Sponsorship

The official game ball is made by Mitre.[4][5]

Teams

Team City/Area Arena Founded Joined Coach
Eastern Division
Chicago Mustangs Hoffman Estates, Illinois Grand Sports Arena 2012 2017 Armando Gamboa
Cincinnati Swerve Fairfield, Ohio Gametime Training Center 2014 2017 Craig Rhodis
Muskegon Risers Muskegon, Michigan L.C. Walker Arena 2014 2017 Ben Ritsema
Rochester Lancers Rochester, New York The Dome Arena 2011 2018 Doug Miller
Waza Flo Detroit, Michigan Detroit City Fieldhouse 2008 2017 Dominic Scicluna
Mario Scicluna
Mountain Division
Colorado Inferno F.C. Colorado Springs, Colorado SoccerHaus COS 2017 2017 Cris Vaccaro
Colorado Rumble FC Denver, Colorado Foothills Fieldhouse 2010 2017 John Wells
Cuervos de Juarez Juarez, Mexico El Paso County Coliseum 2018 2018 TBD
New Mexico Elite Santa Fe, New Mexico Shellaberger Center 2018 2018 TBD
New Mexico Runners Rio Rancho, New Mexico Santa Ana Star Center Arena 2018 2018 Steve Famiglietta
Pacific Division
Arizona Lightning Avondale, Arizona Randall McDaniel Sports Complex 2018 2018 TBA
Las Vegas Knights SC Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas SportsPark 2017 2017 TBD
Ontario Fury II Upland, California The Upland Sports Arena 2017 2017 TBD
San Diego Sockers 2 San Diego, California Pechanga Arena San Diego 2017 2017 Jeff Hughes
Stockton Rush Stockton, California Stockton Arena 2018 2018 TBD

Champions

Season Champions Score(s) Runner-Up Playoffs / Host
2017–18 Chicago Mustangs 7–0 San Diego Sockers 2 Colorado Springs, Colorado
2018–19 San Diego Sockers 2 7–5 Cuervos de Juarez Upland, California
Ontario, California

Former/defunct teams

Team City/Area Arena Years Played
Arizona Impact Glendale, Arizona Arizona Sports Complex 2017-18 (On Hiatus)

References

  1. ^ Schaub, Joshua. "From the desk of Commissioner Schaub". MASL. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Digest (Sept. 19): MASL places Blast in Eastern Division". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/stknprosoccer/
  4. ^ Husted, Jeff. "MASL ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH MITRE". MASL. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "MASL Announces Long-Term Partnership With Mitre". Harrisburg Heat. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

External links

2017–18 Major Arena Soccer League 2 season

The 2017–18 Major Arena Soccer League 2 season is the first season for the league M2. The regular season started on December 2, 2017, and ended on March 4, 2018. Each team will play a 12-game schedule.

2017–18 Premier Arena Soccer League season

The 2017–18 Premier Arena Soccer League season consisted of 12 teams grouped into 3 divisions across the US. The Premier Arena Soccer League continues to serve as the developmental league to the Major Arena Soccer League and Major Arena Soccer League 2.

2018–19 Major Arena Soccer League 2 season

The 2018–19 Major Arena Soccer League 2 season is the second season for the league M2. The regular season started on December 1, 2018, and ended on March 16, 2019. For the second year in a row, each team played a 12-game schedule. This season, the M2 expanded from 10 to 15 teams.

2018–19 Premier Arena Soccer League season

The 2018–19 Premier Arena Soccer League season currently consists of 19 teams grouped into 3 divisions across the US. The Premier Arena Soccer League continues to serve as the developmental league to the Major Arena Soccer League and Major Arena Soccer League 2. Teams play an 8 or 10 game schedule.

Arizona Impact

Arizona Impact is an American indoor soccer team, founded in 2013. The Arizona Impact presently compete in Major Arena Soccer League 2 and play their home matches at the Arizona Sports Complex in Glendale, Arizona.

Former indoor soccer professional player Rick Soderman was named the first Arizona Impact head coach in October 2013. Soderman had a seven-year career (1993–2000) playing with six teams. Soderman resigned as head coach on November 16, 2015 and was replaced by team captains Ryan Hays and Ami Hanan on an interim basis. Mike Cudmore was named head coach on January 27, 2016.

Chicago Mustangs (2012–)

Chicago Mustangs is an American professional indoor soccer team based at the Sears Centre in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. They play in the Eastern Conference of the Major Arena Soccer League 2 (M2).

Cincinnati Swerve

The Cincinnati Swerve are a professional indoor soccer club based in Fairfield, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. They are currently members of Major Arena Soccer League 2 and play their home games at the Gametime Training Center in Fairfield.

Corey Whisenhunt

Corey Patrick Whisenhunt (born May 18, 1988 in Kettering, Ohio) is an American soccer player.

Whisenhunt played for the Cincinnati Swerve during the 2017–18 Major Arena Soccer League 2 season. He was named to the All-League Second Team.

Indoor soccer

Indoor soccer or arena soccer (known internationally as indoor football, minifootball, fast football, floorball or showball), is a game derived from association football adapted for play in a walled indoor arena. Indoor soccer, as it is most often known in the United States and Canada, was originally developed in these two countries as a way to play soccer during the winter months, when snow would make outdoor play difficult. In those countries, gymnasiums are adapted for indoor soccer play. In other countries the game is played in either indoor or outdoor arenas surrounded by walls, and is referred to by different names (such as fast football (futbol rapido) in Mexico, showbol in South America, and indoor football (futbol indoor) in Spain).

Indoor soccer has different regulations from other versions of association football designed for indoor play, such as futsal and five-a-side football. Unlike futsal, which is played on wooden or ceramic surfaces, indoor soccer is played on synthetic turf (or, in the case of the British Masters Football variety, synthetic carpet). Indoor soccer courts are delimited by walls instead of lines, and there are no player throw-ins.

FIFA, the international body that oversees international association football competitions, does not sanction the synthetic turf version of indoor soccer, having developed its own code of indoor football (which they refer to as futsal).

Indoor soccer is most popular in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with several amateur, collegiate and professional leagues functioning. While internationally less popular than futsal, indoor soccer is also played at the league level in many countries outside North America. The World Minifootball Federation (WMF) is the governing body of indoor soccer at the international level, having replaced the International Fast Football Federation (FIFRA).

The term minifootball, which was originally coined in Europe, has been adopted by the WMF as a standard international name for the sport.

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Major Arena Soccer League

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Muskegon Risers SC

The Muskegon Risers are an American soccer team based in Muskegon, Michigan. The team participate in the National Premier Soccer League for their outdoor season in the summer and Major Arena Soccer League 2 for their arena season in the winter. Kehren Stadium and L. C. Walker Arena are home to the Risers for their outdoor and arena seasons respectively. Ben Ritsema is the head coach of the Muskegon Risers arena team, and Stu Collins is the head coach of the Muskegon Risers outdoor team.

In April 2019, it was announced that the team will play in the [Premier Soccer League's] Great Lakes Conference beginning in 2020.

On November 2, 2017 the club announced that it would take part in the inaugural season of Major Arena Soccer League 2.

Ontario Fury

The Ontario Fury is an American professional indoor soccer team based in Ontario, California. Founded in 2013, the team made its debut in the Professional Arena Soccer League at the start of the 2013–14 season. The team plays its home games at the Citizens Business Bank Arena under the leadership of general manager, head coach, and sometime-player Bernie Lilavois. As of May 2014, the league is known as the Major Arena Soccer League.

Ontario Fury II

The Ontario Fury II is the name of an American professional indoor soccer team based in Upland, California and an outdoor team based in Apple Valley, California. Like their parent club, the Ontario Fury, they are both run by general manager Bernie Lilavois.

Rochester Lancers (2011–15)

The Rochester Lancers were an indoor soccer team in the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Major Arena Soccer League. The team is named in honor of the Rochester Lancers of the North American Soccer League. The team was active from November 2011 through March 2015. In July 2015, the team cited a sharp increase in the cost of insurance to more than double the team's payroll costs and announced the end of the franchise. A new version of the team now plays in Major Arena Soccer League 2.

San Diego Sockers 2

The San Diego Sockers 2 are an American professional indoor soccer team based in San Diego, California. They are a developmental team that are charter members of the Major Arena Soccer League 2, the MASL's developmental league formed in 2017. Like their parent club, the San Diego Sockers, they play their home games at Pechanga Arena San Diego and are run by CEO David Pike. The head coaches are Rene Ortiz and Ray Taila.

United States soccer league system

The United States soccer league system is a series of professional and amateur soccer leagues based, in whole or in part, in the United States. Sometimes called the American soccer pyramid, teams and leagues are not linked by the system of promotion and relegation typical in soccer elsewhere. Instead, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) defines professional leagues in three levels, called divisions, with all other leagues sanctioned by USSF not having an official designated level or division.

For practical and historical reasons, some teams from Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Canada, and Puerto Rico (considered a separate country by FIFA) can also compete in these leagues. However, these teams are not eligible for the U.S. Open Cup and cannot represent the United States in the CONCACAF Champions League because they are not affiliated with U.S. Soccer.

Waza Flo

The Waza Flo are an American professional arena soccer team and a member of the Major Arena Soccer League 2 (M2). The team's nickname, "Waza", is both a Japanese word that means "good technique" (技) and a Swahili word meaning "to think clearly".The team was founded in 2008 as Detroit Waza Flo, and were a charter member of PASL-pro, the league that was an offshoot of the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) and would eventually be rechristened the MASL in 2014. The team had 3 homes during its 7 seasons in the Detroit area, the last 2 of which were at the Melvindale Ice Arena in suburban Melvindale, Michigan. In September 2015, the team announced it would play its home matches for the 2015-16 MASL season at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Michigan. As part of the process, the team dropped the "Detroit" from its name and logo, becoming simply Waza Flo; should they receive a welcome reception in Flint, team ownership noted it would consider adding "Flint" to the team's name. Starting in 2018, the team plays it's home matches at the Detroit City Fieldhouse in Detroit, Michigan.

The Detroit Waza Flo also has a reserve team, Waza Flo2, that plays in MASL's official development league, the Premier Arena Soccer League, as well as a futsal team in the Major League Futsal.

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