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 Will Birmingham join the International Indoor Soccer League?

 
  

October 2007

  
         
   

Graham Tutt, former professional goalkeeper for the Atlanta Chiefs, intends to organize a new indoor soccer league based primarily in the Southeast. Birmingham is among the cities Tutt wants to place a team. Nashville, Chattanooga, Charlotte, Memphis, Atlanta, Mobile, Tampa and Jacksonville are a some of the other target cities.

Tutt, a standout English Premier League goalkeeper for Charlton Athletic in the 1970's, has run numerous soccer camps since the early 1980's and also has been active in coaching at the club and high school levels. But he is best known for having played with the Chiefs, Atlanta's North American Soccer League franchise that lived briefly in the early 1980's.

The Chiefs played outdoor and indoor games at two now extinct buildings, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and The Omni, and Tutt always remembered how the indoor games typically drew better than the outdoor ones, even 25 years ago. With that in mind, he put his heart and money (his mountain cabin hangs in the balance on this venture) into the International Indoor Soccer League, his newly formed indoor league that hopes to begin play in 2008.

Tutt is the commissioner and president of the IISL's Atlanta Action and has been working to start up an indoor league in the Southeast for five years and is now taking steps to do just that. Tutt thinks that now is a good time for such a league, with America essentially being in its second generation of soccer popularity.

He said the league would be more investor-friendly than the Major Indoor Soccer League. The financial structure of the league would allow college players to compete without losing their eligibility.

The sport is played essentially on the same dimensions as indoor hockey and football, using an Astroturf surface. The season would run from April to July.

  
         
 
 

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