Attendance Project: MISL I

Here are attendance figures for the original Major Indoor Soccer League, which played from 1978 to 1992. The league was known simply as the Major Soccer League its last two seasons. There are a few stray games missing, which may never be found, but this is as complete a record as we have. The assistance of the tireless research of Rich Paschette is gratefully acknowledged.

1991-1992
Team G Total Average
St. Louis Storm 20 205,323 10,266
San Diego Sockers 20 186,962 9,348
Baltimore Blast 20 164,129 8,206
Wichita Wings 20 164,127 8,206
Cleveland Crunch 20 141,120 7,056
Dallas Sidekicks 20 140,053 7,003
Tacoma Stars 20 96,426 4,821
MSL TOTAL 140 1,098,140 7,844
 
1990-1991
Team G Total Average
St. Louis Storm 26 200,769 7,722
Baltimore Blast 26 193,223 7,432
San Diego Sockers 26 187,000 7,192
Kansas City Comets 26 184,678 7,103
Dallas Sidekicks 26 179,864 6,918
Wichita Wings 26 164,033 6,309
Tacoma Stars 26 142,523 5,482
Cleveland Crunch 26 120,630 4,640
MSL TOTAL 208 1,372,720 6,600
 
1989-1990
Team G Total Average
Kansas City Comets 26 272,343 10,475
Dallas Sidekicks 26 234,095 9,004
Baltimore Blast 26 221,773 8,530
San Diego Sockers 26 211,422 8,132
Wichita Wings 26 193,588 7,446
St. Louis Storm 26 178,036 6,848
Tacoma Stars 26 159,816 6,147
Cleveland Crunch 26 144,111 5,543
MISL TOTAL 208 1,615,184 7,765
 
1988-1989
Team G Total Average
Kansas City Comets 24 221,465 9,228
Wichita Wings 24 207,465 8,644
Dallas Sidekicks 24 205,607 8,567
San Diego Sockers 24 201,186 8,383
Baltimore Blast 24 196,068 8,170
Tacoma Stars 24 162,751 6,781
Los Angeles Lazers 24 116,774 4,866
MISL TOTAL 168 1,311,316 7,805
 
1987-1988
Team G Total Average
Cleveland Force 28 315,807 11,279
Kansas City Comets 28 313,896 11,211
Tacoma Stars 28 294,149 10,505
Dallas Sidekicks 28 276,586 9,878
Wichita Wings 28 252,030 9,001
San Diego Sockers 28 251,901 8,996
Baltimore Blast 28 230,198 8,221
St. Louis Steamers 28 180,318 6,440
Chicago Sting 28 167,344 5,977
Minnesota Strikers 28 166,050 5,930
Los Angeles Lazers 28 150,762 5,384
MISL TOTAL 308 2,599,041 8,438
 
1986-1987
Team G Total Average
Cleveland Force 26 366,887 14,111
Kansas City Comets 26 323,622 12,447
Tacoma Stars 26 269,974 10,384
Baltimore Blast 26 258,333 9,936
San Diego Sockers 26 253,434 9,747
Dallas Sidekicks 26 224,536 8,636
Wichita Wings 26 209,800 8,069
St. Louis Steamers 26 182,984 7,038
Minnesota Strikers 26 181,441 6,979
Chicago Sting 26 152,861 5,879
New York Express 13 67,752 5,212
Los Angeles Lazers 26 113,831 4,378
MISL TOTAL 299 2,605,455 8,714
 
1985-1986
Team G Total Average
Cleveland Force 24 307,040 12,793
Kansas City Comets 24 298,269 12,428
Baltimore Blast 24 246,046 10,252
St. Louis Steamers 24 244,543 10,189
San Diego Sockers 24 229,935 9,581
Wichita Wings 24 202,725 8,447
Pittsburgh Spirit 24 186,597 7,775
Tacoma Stars 24 182,696 7,612
Chicago Sting 24 176,287 7,345
Dallas Sidekicks 24 165,694 6,904
Minnesota Strikers 24 156,071 6,503
Los Angeles Lazers 24 114,480 4,770
MISL TOTAL 288 2,510,383 8,717
 
1984-1985
Team G Total Average
Cleveland Force 24 310,284 12,929
Kansas City Comets 24 310,017 12,917
St. Louis Steamers 24 305,054 12,711
Baltimore Blast 24 265,224 11,051
Chicago Sting 24 255,073 10,628
San Diego Sockers 24 230,272 9,595
Wichita Wings 24 209,035 8,710
Pittsburgh Spirit 24 187,021 7,793
Tacoma Stars 24 173,317 7,222
Las Vegas Americans 24 152,083 6,337
Los Angeles Lazers 24 121,488 5,062
Dallas Sidekicks 24 119,248 4,969
Minnesota Strikers 24 115,408 4,809
New York Cosmos 16 66,900 4,181
MISL TOTAL 328 2,820,424 8,599
 
1983-1984
Team G Total Average
Kansas City Comets 24 378,864 15,786
St. Louis Steamers 24 335,805 13,992
Cleveland Force 24 328,619 13,692
Baltimore Blast 24 268,534 11,189
Wichita Wings 24 216,824 9,034
Pittsburgh Spirit 24 198,668 8,278
Memphis Americans 24 145,328 6,055
Phoenix Pride 24 142,157 5,923
New York Arrows 24 131,472 5,478
Tacoma Stars 24 127,728 5,322
Buffalo Stallions 24 116,020 4,834
Los Angeles Lazers 24 105,720 4,405
MISL TOTAL 288 2,495,739 8,666
 
1982-1983
Team G Total Average
St. Louis Steamers 24 352,620 14,693
Kansas City Comets 24 352,609 14,692
Baltimore Blast 24 257,487 10,729
Chicago Sting 24 220,815 9,201
Wichita Wings 24 200,193 8,341
San Diego Sockers 24 193,948 8,081
Buffalo Stallions 24 178,119 7,422
Cleveland Force 24 158,619 6,609
Phoenix Inferno 24 151,118 6,297
New York Arrows 24 135,043 5,627
Memphis Americans 24 131,410 5,475
Pittsburgh Spirit 24 130,184 5,424
Los Angeles Lazers 24 95,112 3,963
Golden Bay Earthquakes 24 82,716 3,447
MISL TOTAL 336 2,639,993 7,857
 
1981-1982
Team G Total Average
St. Louis Steamers 22 376,349 17,107
Kansas City Comets 22 243,276 11,058
Baltimore Blast 22 210,262 9,557
Buffalo Stallions 22 202,713 9,214
Denver Avalanche 22 168,369 7,653
Phoenix Inferno *21 156,580 7,456
Wichita Wings 22 160,625 7,301
New Jersey Rockets 22 144,421 6,565
New York Arrows 22 141,439 6,429
Pittsburgh Spirit 22 139,373 6,335
Memphis Americans 22 126,884 5,767
Cleveland Force 22 110,030 5,001
Philadelphia Fever 22 98,905 4,496
MISL TOTAL 285 2,279,226 7,997
*Missing 1 game
 
1980-1981
Team G Total Average
St. Louis Steamers 20 304,377 15,219
Buffalo Stallions 20 189,742 9,487
New York Arrows 20 161,661 8,083
Denver Avalanche 20 153,976 7,699
Phoenix Inferno 20 143,590 7,180
Baltimore Blast 19 124,254 6,540
Philadelphia Fever 20 109,459 5,473
Hartford Hellions 20 107,485 5,374
Wichita Wings 22 116,495 5,295
Cleveland Force 20 97,680 4,884
Chicago Horizon 20 67,072 3,354
San Francisco Fog *18 46,428 2,579
MISL TOTAL 239 1,622,219 6,788
*Missing 2 games
 
1979-1980
Team G Total Average
St. Louis Steamers 16 224,959 14,060
Buffalo Stallions 16 136,892 8,556
New York Arrows 16 125,008 7,813
Philadelphia Fever 16 105,881 6,618
Pittsburgh Spirit 16 81,781 5,111
Wichita Wings 16 61,618 3,851
Hartford Hellions *13 49,526 3,810
Detroit Lightning 16 56,325 3,520
Cleveland Force 16 49,280 3,080
Houston Summit Soccer 16 33,496 2,094
MISL TOTAL 157 924,766 5,890
*Missing 3 games
 
1978-1979
Team G Total Average
Philadelphia Fever 12 90,176 7,515
New York Arrows 12 65,350 5,446
Houston Summit Soccer 12 43,472 3,623
Cincinnati Kids 12 38,287 3,191
Cleveland Force 12 37,393 3,116
Pittsburgh Spirit 12 33,606 2,801
MISL TOTAL 72 308,284 4,282

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