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CMISL to have one-game season in 2012


The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League’s 2012 schedule will feature one game and one game only.

After a trying winter, CMISL president Mel Kowalchuk has confirmed that defending champion Calgary United FC will face the Edmonton Drillers in Cowtown on the weekend of April 21 for the league championship. Kowalchuk said the winner of that game will earn the right to go to Anaheim in October for a North American championship that will feature the top teams from the U.S. and Mexico.

But Kowalchuk expects the indoor league to rebound in 2012-2013 — and could feature as many as five teams.

Last season, just three teams — Calgary, Edmonton and the Winnipeg Alliance — competed in the CMISL schedule. In November of 2011, Alliance owner Tony Pesce confirmed that he would no longer run the team.

Kowalchuk said there are a couple of interested suitors who would be interested in reviving a Winnipeg team for next season.

As well, there is interest in reviving the dormant Saskatoon franchise.

As well, Kowalchuk has had discussions this season with interested parties in Vancouver and Prince George, B.C. about expansion.

“We aren’t going to Prince George,” he said. “But Vancouver has come to terms, we should be in Vancouver next year.”

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  1. DJ

    March 22, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I’ve been a fan of Indoor since my first game in 2004 (Chicago Storm). Chicago has been the worst market for indoor with teams coming and going, but teams will always be coming. Next season will be the Chicago Kick (sponsored by the energy drink). So many play indoor and there is a market, sure it’s hard to get people to show with all these other sports, but Indoor is fast paced and i can admit at times much more enjoyable and exciting than MLS or other soccer. I’d love there to be an entire major and minor league for indoor from Canada to Mexico and it can still happen we’ve seen glimpses. Even ask Jimmy Conrad whom was a proponent of MLS buying the MISL before the USL did.

  2. Daniel Blodgett

    March 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Will you be going to this games Steve? I am going to round up as many of us as I can for a mini road trip

    • Steven Sandor

      March 20, 2012 at 4:24 am

      I think it will depend on what day of the weekend the CMISL game happens. If it is Sunday, I will (hopefully) be in the broadcast booth for FCE.

  3. seathanaich

    March 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I’m sorry, but though I’m a fan of local, live soccer and support both Vancouver Whitecaps and Victoria Highlanders of the PDL, I wouldn’t bother watching indoor soccer if I had free tickets and the arena they played in was across the street from my house. This energy and money should be put into a Prairie division of the PDL in Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon.

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