World Indoor Soccer League

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World Indoor Soccer League
CountryUnited States
Number of teams9
Last championsDallas Sidekicks

The World Indoor Soccer League (WISL) was a United States-based indoor soccer league that existed from 1998 to 2001 and consisted of nine teams.


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 naming rights of the league. It was looking to be something like "The Pepsi World Indoor Soccer League." Ultimately, this did not happen.[1]

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 Season[edit]

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

By Team[edit]

Team Championships Runner Up Champions Runner Up
Dallas Sidekicks 2 2 1998, 2001 1999, 2000
Sacramento Knights 1 1 1999 1998
Monterrey La Raza 1 0 2000
San Diego Sockers 0 1 2001

Annual awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player[edit]

  • 1998 – Tatu, Dallas
  • 1999 – David Doyle, Dallas
  • 2000 – Mariano Bollella, Monterrey
  • 2001 – Ato Leone, Sacramento

Goalkeeper of the Year[edit]

  • 1998 – Dan Madsen, Sacramento
  • 1999 – Brett Phillips, Portland
  • 2000 – Sagu (Edilson Xavier), Dallas
  • 2001 – Sagu (Edilson Xavier), Dallas

Coach of the Year[edit]

Rookie of the Year[edit]

  • 1998 – Jorge Fernandez, Sacramento
  • 1999 – Justin Labrum, Utah
  • 2000 – Clint Regier, Houston
  • 2001 – David Beltran, San Diego

Defender of the Year[edit]


Gordon Jago 1998–2001


Team City/Area Arena
Arizona Thunder Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Dallas Sidekicks Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
American Airlines Center (One Game)
Houston Hotshots Houston, Texas The Summit
Reliant Arena
Monterrey La Raza Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Gimnasio Nuevo León
Portland Pythons Portland, Oregon Rose Garden
Sacramento Knights Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
San Diego Sockers San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
St. Louis Steamers St. Charles, Missouri Family Arena
Utah Freezz West Valley City, Utah E-Center


  1. ^ Cawley, Rusty (May 12, 2000). "Soccer league to sell naming rights". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved July 26, 2008.