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Indoor Soccer in New England
Indoor soccer is important in New England due to the simple fact that year-round soccer is impossible in the region without indoor play. Some coaches hate the boarded indoor game, seeing it as inferior to the 11-v-11 outdoor game. Others embrace it as a chance to work on various aspects of the game when their teams would otherwise be unable to play.
The indoor game in New England has come far since the days of inflatable bubbles that seemed to collapse every time it snowed. Indoor soccer centers offer multiple sports and a year-round business for operators. Many have abandoned boards in favor of large fields capable of 11-v-11 play. It is not uncommon to find high-level players competing in indoor leagues and tournaments across the region. Some premier youth clubs can trace their earliest roots back to the indoor game. Futsal, the FIFA sanctioned game with no boards on a field about the size of a basketball court, has also emerged.
Pro/semi-pro adult leagues have struggled in the region. The Mass. Aztec men won the 2005 Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) national title. As of 2011, there are no New England teams in the PASL or USL's Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).
As stories come up, Soccer New England will cover the indoor game in this part of the site. Scroll down for more.
Latest Indoor Soccer Stories
9/23/09 - Grand Opening at Fore Kicks II. After three years of planning and nearly two years since it broke ground, Fore Kicks' newest indoor and outdoor sports complex in Marlborough (Mass.) is celebrating its Grand Opening with a Community Open House on Oct. 3 from 12-5 p.m.
11/5/08 - Twisters Switch Indoor Leagues.
CLEVELAND, OH. ï¿½ The Massachusetts Twisters are leaving the American Indoor Soccer League to join the National Indoor Soccer League for the 2008-09 season that starts Nov. 15.
10/15/08 - Futsal Coming to Forekicks II.
Soccer players looking for the feel of regular soccer in the cold months of winter need look no further than the new Forekicks facility in Marlboro, Massachusetts.
6/25/08 - Twisters Looking for New Owners.
The Massachusetts Twisters of the American Indoor Soccer League are looking for a new ownership group.
3/16/08 - Rampage Beat Twisters in Final.
The Massachusetts Twistersï¿½ bid for a second straight American Indoor Soccer League title fell short last night in a 18-5 drumming at the hands of the Rockford Rampage, who won the cup in a rematch of last yearï¿½s AISL final.
3/14/08 - Twisters in Championship.
The Massachusetts Twisters are looking to defend their title in a rematch of last yearï¿½s American Indoor Soccer League Championship this Saturday night at the Victory Sports Complex in Illinois.
3/4/08 - AISL Playoffs Come Down the Wire.
almost four months of back-and-forth action, the final berth in the March 15 American Indoor Soccer League Championship Game will be decided this weekend
2/28/08 - Twisters Helping Make Miracles for Children.
For the second straight year, the American Indoor Soccer Leagueï¿½s Massachusetts Twisters are working with the Baystate Childrenï¿½s Hospital and WMAS-FM (94.7) to help support the Childrenï¿½s Miracle Network.
2/25/08 - Twisters Lose Ground in Playoff Race.
CLEAVLAND, OH -- The Massachusetts Twistersï¿½ playoff aspirations took a big hit with an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Excite Saturday night ï¿½ a defeat that puts them six points back of the Excite in the race for the second and final berth in the American Indoor Soccer League Championship.
2/21/08 - Playoff Race Heats Up For Twisters.
With just three weekends remaining in the American Indoor Soccer League season, all three ï¿½full seasonï¿½ teams are still in the hunt for the chance to oppose the Rockport Rampage in the leagueï¿½s championship game.
2/17/08 - Twisters Game Rescheduled For Springfield.
CLEVELAND, OH ï¿½ The Massachusetts Twistersï¿½ Nov. 3 game with the Northern Illinois Rebels was rescheduled for March 2, but will be played in Springfieldï¿½s Eastern States Coliseum instead of in Waukegan, Illinois, American Indoor Soccer League commissioner Paul Lepointe announced Sunday.
2/12/08 - Twisters Net Big Win.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ï¿½ Hat tricks by Jeff Deren and Kyle Texiera helped power the Massachusetts Twisters to a 12-4 hammering of the Cincinnati Excite in American Indoor Soccer League action Saturday night.
2/3/08 - Twisters End Losing Skid.
CLEAVLAND -- The Massachusetts Twisters ended a three-game losing streak in an emphatic fashion Saturday, pounding the Tulsa Revolution, 14-7, in front of a crowd of 703 at Soccer City Tulsa.
1/27/08 - Twisters Drop Heartbreaker.
CLEAVLAND, Oh. -- A dramatic, last-second finish gave the Tulsa Revolution their first win in franchise history, 7-6, at the expense of the Massachusetts Twisters in American Indoor Soccer League action Saturday night.
1/8/08 - Twisters Drop Second In Illinois.
Last weekendï¿½s trip to Illinois would definitely not be one that coach Rob Libera and the Massachusetts Twisters would like to remember.
1/6/08 - Twisters Rocked By Rampage.
LOVES PARK, Ill. -- The Massachusetts Twisters couldn't quell the Rampage, falling 17-5 to Rockport in American Indorr Soccer League action Saturday night, helping the Rampage extend their perfect season to 7-0 in front of 523 at the Victory Sports Complex.
12/9/07 - Indoor Twisters Win First Game.
The Massachusetts Twisters won their first game of the season Saturday, beating the Northern Illinois Rebels, 10-3, in American Indoor Soccer League action in front of 561 at the Eastern States Coliseum.
12/6/07 - Aztecs Opt Out of PASL.
The Aztec Soccer Club officially opted out of the 2007-08 Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) winter season Thursday to focus on upcoming organizational changes. The three-time defending regional champs won't get a chance to protect their title this season.
12/3/07 - Mass Twisters Fall in OT.
The Massachusetts Twisters of the American Indoor Soccer League lost to the Rockford Rampage, 6-5, on a last minute overtime goal Sunday night at the Eastern States Coliseum.
10/24/07 - Fore Kicks II Breaks Ground in Marlborough.
After almost two years in the works, construction workers, city councilors and the Mayor broke ground on the new Fore Kicks II facility in Marlborough, Mass. this Monday.
1/10/04 - Futsal is Back.
Bill Sampaio is working feverishly to bring FIFA'a approved version of indoor soccer to the kids of New England. Andrew Hush wanted to know why.
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