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Sherbrooke finally scores some goals, but can’t escape last-place finish at FIFRA championships

The University of Sherbrooke Vert & Or finally found some offence, but it wasn’t enough to keep the team from finishing fourth out of the four-team field at FIFRA world indoor soccer club championship.

After being outscored by a cumulative score of 24-1 over its three round-robin losses, Sherbrooke faced Ecuador’s La Bombonerita in the third-place game. The Ecuadoreans took the match by a 7-6 score.

From the start of the tournament, the Canadian representatives were targeting third place in the inaugural club championship of indoor soccer. Defender Mathieu Prud’homme e-mailed The 11 before the Saturday’s 5-1 round-robin loss to the host Monterrey Flasg, stating “the real target is to win against Ecuador for 3rd place.”
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Sherbrooke scores none, gives up 19 in first two FIFRA matches

It had the making of a nice feel-good movie: Amateur team from Quebec decides to take on the world.

But this is no Disney movie. More like a Wes Craven film.

In two matches at the FIFRA world club championships, the University of Sherbrooke Vert & Or have yet to score, and have surrendered, cough, 19 goals.

On Friday, the PASL champion San Diego Sockers routed Sherbrooke 15-0. The Sockers have not lost a PASL game since the Christmas season of 2010 and should win the league title again this year. The goals were flying in so fast early in the game, on the poor quality stream from Mexico it was impossible to tell who was doing the damage. Even the San Diego Sockers’ own Facebook page and Twitter feed couldn’t keep up with the goals, promising fans that they’d be update on the stats later in the game.
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Sherbrooke volunteers to represent Canada at world indoor soccer championships

OK, Canada, a new national indoor soccer champion has been crowned.

Sort of.

After teams from the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League could not make the trip, the University of Sherbrooke’s Vert & Or team, augmented with selected players from the Quebec Elite Soccer League, has accepted the invite to head down to Mexico and represent our country at FIFRA’s world club championships.

Thus ends the strange saga of how Canada crowned its official national indoor soccer champion.
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Edmonton Drillers on indoor world championship schedule, but they won’t be going

FIFRA says that the Edmonton Drillers will represent Canada at the new world indoor club soccer championships. The Drillers say no way.

The Drillers, who finished second to Calgary United FC in the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League, are listed as Canada’s representative in the upcoming club championships, which will take place February 2-5 in Mexico (SEE HERE). FIFRA, which is the governing body for indoor soccer (not futsal — we are talking about the game that has boards) is inviting the national indoor soccer champions from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Ecuador to face each other. The American invitee is the PASL champion San Diego Sockers, which feature former FC Edmonton striker Daniel Antoniuk.

Originally, Calgary, as the recognized Canadian champion, was invited. But CMISL president Mel Kowalchuk confirmed earlier this year that the team would not go; the bubble around the team’s home field had collapsed.

The Drillers confirmed that not only that they won’t be going, but that the FIFRA mention of the team was the first the club had heard of the tourney.
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Canadian champion Calgary United won’t go to world indoor soccer tourney

Canada’s reigning national indoor soccer champions won’t be going to the inaugural FIFRA world club championships in February.

FIFRA, which is the governing body of arena soccer (indoor soccer with boards, not to be confused with futsal) is planning to hold the first ever world club championships, tentatively set for February in Mexico. Calgary United FC, the reigning champions of the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League, would be eligible to represent this country.

But CMISL president Mel Kowalchuk confirmed that Calgary won’t go to the tournament.

“Because of the differences in our schedules (the CMISL and the U.S. based Professional Arena Soccer League) it was decided that our champion would not go to Mexico, but instead to a new North American championship next October.”
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Major blow to CMISL: Winnipeg won’t be back in 2012

The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League has been dealt a major blow.

Tony Pesce, president of the Winnipeg Alliance, has confirmed that the team won’t play this season — and won’t come back at all unless its travel costs can be eased.

“Unless other teams are brought in that are much closer in travel the Alliance will not come back,” wrote Pesce in an e-mail to The 11. “I am very grateful to all my friends and associates in business who sponsored close to $60,000 to the Alliance. Operational costs are too high.”
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Canadian teams not on PASL’s schedule for 2011-12; new championship format announced

The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League hasn’t finalized its schedule for the upcoming season — or even the number of teams it will have in January, 2012. But it knows that its relationship with the U.S.-based Professional Arena Soccer League will be changing.

The PASL announced its schedule earlier this week — and with it came the revelation that there are no interconference games scheduled with CMISL teams. In the preceding years, PASL teams have traveled to Canada — and vice versa — for games that count in the standings for each league.

And, the PASL will not hold its North American Championships this season. Instead, the league will hold its own championship game.

Last year’s edition of the North American Champiopnships saw the champions of the Mexican League and the CMISL join the PASL champs in Cincinnati to determine a North American championship.
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CMISL in talks to bring indoor-soccer team to Vancouver

Indoor soccer in Vancouver may soon mean more than Whitecaps’ games at BC Place with the roof closed.

Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League president Mel Kowalchuk has confirmed that talks are ongoing to bring an expansion team to Vancouver.

But the picture isn’t clear. Kowalchuk wrote in an e-mail to The 11 that “it would be premature” to confirm that Vancouver will or will not have a team competing in the CMISL in 2012.

He said that, just a couple of days ago, the CMISL had taken it as a given that the Vancouver franchise would be ready to go for January of 2012, but he said some “glitches” have cropped up over the last couple of days — glitches which have put the deal in doubt.
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PASL wants united North American indoor soccer scene; willing to work with MISL

The Professional Arena Soccer League wants to work with the Major Indoor Soccer League.

While the United Soccer Leagues, which took over the administration of the MISL last week, has made it clear that it thinks that its league is by the best indoor league on the continent, the PASL hopes the two leagues can discuss interleague play and competing against each other in Cup tournaments.

“We have had constant dialogue with the MISL and we don’t see them as our competition or enemy,” said Sydney Nusinov, the PASL’s director of operations.

But the level of cooperation between the two leagues will be influenced by which sanctioning organization the MISL chooses. PASL belongs to Federacion International de Futbol Rapido (FIFRA).

“Our goal is to have them join FIFRA, play in our U.S. Open tournament and conduct interleague play, but if they join USSF (United States Soccer Federation), that might be more difficult,” said Nusinov.
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MISL has interest in Canadian expansion

In the wake of its decision to take over operations of the Major Indoor Soccer League, the USL says it has interest from Canadian markets that could serve as potential expansion franchises.

The USL announced Monday that it was taking over the MISL, which has surviving franchises in Baltimore, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Wichita. Three expansion cities, Norfolk, Syracuse and Rochester, will be added to make the MISL a seven-team circuit.

And, while the priority is to stabilize the MISL’s American base, USL will entertain Canadian suitors, president Tim Holt stated in an e-mail to The 11.

“While our immediate focus is on ensuring the strength and performance of our current seven member teams going into the 2011-12 season, there is a high level of interest in the MISL from prospective teams in the United States and Canada,” stated Holt.  “The MISL will expand in the United States and Canada as qualified ownership groups with suitable arenas in regions that make geographic sense for our current members exist.”   
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