MILWAUKEE - Picking up where the failed Major Indoor Soccer League left off, the Chicago Storm will become a key player of a new four-team Xtreme Soccer League.
The XSL's debute was announced Tuesday as the next phase in the evolution of indoor soccer. The Storm will compete in a 20-game season against teams from Milwaukee, Detroit and Newark, N.J.
XSL Commissioner Brian Loftin was joined by the league's initial investors in unveiling both the league and the Xtreme Soccer Xperience (XSX), an interactive, year-round operation.
"The Xperience brings together the essence of the game, and allows participants, either through the Web or through their own sweat, to be a part of this lifestyle brand," said Loftin, who won three championships as an indoor player and one more in the front office of the Milwaukee Wave.
Loftin, who had been chief operating officer of the Chicago Storm, said the teams will play a 20-game season from December through March. Rules will remain unchanged from the previous season, including multiple-point scoring, and the complete league schedule will be announced within a week.
Fans can visit the league's Web site at xtremesl.net, which will offer Web streaming of all games, an online fantasy game, access to videos, photos and more. Throughout the year, the XSL and its teams will host 3 v 3, street soccer, beach soccer, futsal, soccer tennis and other tournaments for youth and adults.