CMISL to take one-year hiatus: Plans to return for 2013-14

The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League will not have a 2012-13 season. But league president Mel Kowalchuk is hopeful the circuit will return for 2013-14.

Kowalchuk said he was working on bringing new teams into the indoor soccer league, when he ran into health problems. While he is now almost back to 100 per cent, his health issue forced him to put the league on the back burner.

“We are looking at coming back next season,” he said. “But nothing is going to happen this year. It’s far too late to put anything together.”

Last year, the league was reduced to just two teams, Calgary United FC and the Edmonton Drillers, after the Winnipeg Alliance informed Kowalchuk it would not field a team for the season.

So, with just two teams, the CMISL “season” was reduced to a one-game showdown between Edmonton and Calgary, which the Drillers won by a 6-3 count. By being Canada’s recognized indoor soccer champion, the Drillers earned the right to go to the FIFRA World Club Championship to be held in Quito, Ecuador starting Feb. 26.

But, considering that both Calgary (the 2011 CMISL champ) and Edmonton (the 2011 runner-up) turned down invites to last year’s FIFRA tourney in Mexico, it doesn’t seem likely that either side would have the budget or willpower to make an even longer trip to Ecuador.

Last season, a squad from the University of Sherbrooke represented Canada at the tourney, which was won by the PASL’s powerhouse squad, the San Diego Sockers.

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.