World Indoor Soccer League
|Country||United States |
|Number of teams||9|
|Last champions||Dallas Sidekicks|
After the demise of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, four of its teams decided to create a new indoor league to be called the Premier Soccer Alliance.[when?] The teams complemented their schedules with games against international teams. In 1999, two more former CISL teams (the Houston Hotshots and Monterrey La Raza) joined the league, which then changed its name to World Indoor Soccer League.
The name change came about as a result of the "merger" of the US-based Premier Soccer Alliance and an 'English Indoor Football League'. Originally, there was to be a European Division and a North American Division, with 'London United', 'Manchester Magic', 'Newcastle Geordies' and 'Sheffield Strikers' playing in a European division, but that idea was dropped due to rules conflicts between the existing leagues and lack of permission from The Football Association.
At one point in 2000, the World Indoor Soccer League attempted to be the first U.S. pro sports league to sell the sell naming rights of the league. It was looking to be something like "The Pepsi World Indoor Soccer League." Ultimately, this did not happen.
The WISL folded in December 2001 when Dallas, St. Louis, and San Diego agreed to join the MISL while the remaining teams, the Utah Freezz, the Sacramento Knights and the Houston Hotshots folded.
Season by SeasonEdit
|Season||Champion||Score / series||Runner-Up|
|1998||Dallas Sidekicks||6 to 2||Sacramento Knights|
|1999||Sacramento Knights||7 to 6||Dallas Sidekicks|
|2000||Monterrey La Raza||6 to 5 (SO 3-1)||Dallas Sidekicks|
|2001||Dallas Sidekicks||2-1||San Diego Sockers|
|Team||Championships||Runner Up||Champions||Runner Up|
|Dallas Sidekicks||2||2||1998, 2001||1999, 2000|
|Monterrey La Raza||1||0||2000|
|San Diego Sockers||0||1||2001|
Most Valuable PlayerEdit
- 1998 – Tatu, Dallas
- 1999 – David Doyle, Dallas
- 2000 – Mariano Bollella, Monterrey
- 2001 – Ato Leone, Sacramento
Goalkeeper of the YearEdit
- 1998 – Dan Madsen, Sacramento
- 1999 – Brett Phillips, Portland
- 2000 – Sagu (Edilson Xavier), Dallas
- 2001 – Sagu (Edilson Xavier), Dallas
Coach of the YearEdit
- 1998 – Tatu, Dallas
- 1999 – Iain Fraser, Sacramento
- 2000 – Jeff Betts, Utah
- 2001 – Iain Fraser, Sacramento
Rookie of the YearEdit
- 1998 – Jorge Fernandez, Sacramento
- 1999 – Justin Labrum, Utah
- 2000 – Clint Regier, Houston
- 2001 – David Beltran, San Diego
Defender of the YearEdit
Gordon Jago 1998–2001
- Cawley, Rusty (2000-05-12). "Soccer league to sell naming rights". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved 2008-07-26.