Major Arena Soccer League 2
FoundedDecember 2, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-12-02)
CountryUnited States
ConferencesTwo
Number of teams13
Level on pyramid2
Domestic cup(s)U.S. Open
Current championsSan Diego Sockers 2 (2021-22)
Most championshipsSan Diego Sockers 2 (2 titles)
Websitewww.m2soccer.com

The Major Arena Soccer League 2 (M2) is a North American indoor soccer league that serves as the developmental league of the Major Arena Soccer League.

History

M2 launched in 2017 to "provide an outlet for teams to either reorganize for a re-emergence in the MASL or an avenue for teams to compete in smaller markets in hopes of rising to MASL status."[1] It was announced that M2 would have between 8 and 12 teams.[2]

The 2018–19 season brought the total number of teams participating in the season up from 10 to 15. Stockton, California was announced as a market and held a team naming contest, but all news stories from the league website and all mention of the Stockton franchised were dropped.[3] The league changed from having "Conferences" to "Divisions." Expanding from the Eastern and Western conference's the M2 now had the Eastern Division, Mountain Division, and Pacific Division.

On February 25, 2021, M2 announced the return of the RGV Barracudas FC to the league to play in the 2021–2022 season.[4] On March 11, 2021, M2 officially welcomed the Cleveland Crunch to the league.[5]

Sponsorship

The official game ball is made by Mitre,[6][7] based in Wakefield, England.

Teams

Team City/State Arena Founded Joined Head Coach
Amarillo Bombers Amarillo, Texas Amarillo Netplex 2018 2019 Chad Webb
Brew City Swerve[8] Fairfield, Ohio Gametime Training Center 2021 2021 Mark Litton
Chicago Mustangs Hoffman Estates, Illinois Grand Sports Arena 2012 2017, 2021 Armando Gamboa
Cleveland Crunch North Olmsted, Ohio Soccer Sportsplex 1989 2021 Louis Kastelic
Colorado Inferno F.C. Colorado Springs, Colorado SoccerHaus COS 2017 2017 John Wells
Muskegon Risers Muskegon, Michigan Mercy Health Arena 2014 2017, 2021 Ben Ritsema
New Mexico Runners Rio Rancho, New Mexico Santa Ana Star Center 2018 2018, 2021 Steve Famiglietta
Omaha Kings F.C. Omaha, Nebraska Off the Wall Indoor Soccer 2019 2020 Brian Locke
Ontario Fury II Upland, California The Upland Sports Arena 2017 2017, 2021 Anthony Perez
RGV Barracudas FC Hidalgo, Texas Payne Arena 2004 2021 Genoni Martinez
San Diego Sockers 2 San Diego, California Pechanga Arena 2017 2017, 2020 Rene Ortiz
Turlock Cal Express[9] Turlock, California Turlock Soccer Complex 2011 2021 Chris Handsor
Wichita Wings Wichita, Kansas Hartman Arena 2019 2019 Roger Downing

Champions

Season Champions Score(s) Runner-Up Playoffs / Host
2017–18 Chicago Mustangs 7–0 San Diego Sockers 2 Colorado Springs, Colorado
2018–19 San Diego Sockers 2 7–5 Cuervos de Juarez Upland, California
Ontario, California
2020–21 Cleveland Crunch 11–6 Wichita Wings Wichita, Kansas
2021–22 San Diego Sockers 2 7–4 Cleveland Crunch Muskegon, Michigan

Former/defunct teams

Team City/State Arena Years Played
Arizona Impact Glendale, Arizona Arizona Sports Complex 2017–2018
Arizona Lightning Avondale, Arizona Randall McDaniel Sports Complex 2018–2019
Austin Power Austin, Texas Travis County Expo Center 2019–2020
Chihuahua Savage Chihuahua, Chihuahua Arena Corner Sport 2019
Cincinnati Swerve Fairfield, Ohio Gametime Training Center 2017–2019
Colorado Rumble F.C. Denver, Colorado Foothills Fieldhouse 2017–2020
Cuervos de Juarez El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum 2018–2019
Las Vegas Knights S.C. Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas SportsPark 2017–2019
New Mexico Elite Santa Fe, New Mexico Shellaberger Center 2018–2019
Rochester Lancers Rochester, New York The Dome Arena 2018–2019
Stockton Rush Stockton, California Stockton Arena 2018–2019
Waza Flo Detroit, Michigan Detroit City Fieldhouse 2017–2019
Wichita Falls Flyers Wichita Falls, Texas Kay Yeager Coliseum 2019

References

  1. ^ Schaub, Joshua. "From the desk of Commissioner Schaub". MASL. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Digest (Sept. 19): MASL places Blast in Eastern Division". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/stknprosoccer/[user-generated source]
  4. ^ "MASL 2 WELCOMES BACK THE RETURN OF THE RGV BARRACUDAS FC FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON". MASL 2 Website. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  5. ^ "CLEVELAND CRUNCH LAUNCHED AS NEWEST MEMBER OF MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE 2". MASL 2 Website. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  6. ^ Husted, Jeff. "MASL ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH MITRE". MASL. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ "MASL Announces Long-Term Partnership With Mitre". Harrisburg Heat. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Swerve Return to PASL With New M2 Affiliation". www.arenaleague.com. Premier Arena Soccer League. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Turlock Cal Express Round Out Lineup for 2021-2022 Season". www.m2soccer.com. Major Arena Soccer League 2. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 23 November 2021.