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Will Birmingham play in the National Indoor Soccer League?

August 17, 2023
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The National Indoor Soccer League announces that Birmingham is an expansion city for 2024, and "Magic City SC" will be the team name.

Birmingham is the second expansion city for 2024, with Albany (GA) being named in July.

Magic City SC is owned by the Magic City Soccer Club. Members include Michael Taylor, owner of the Florida Tarpons indoor football team from 2012 to 2020; Andrew Haines, president of HSE (a sports and entertainment marketing and consulting company); María Opeaye, co-owner of the NISHL's Memphis Americans; and Hallie Hogan, has been the marketing manager for the Landers Center in Southaven, MS.

The NISL was founded in 2021 and began play with four teams. The league features both a Men's and Women's Division, competing in double header game days over a 16-game regular season that takes place between the months of January and April.

Earlier this month, the NISL unveiled a new league logo in anticipation of its third season of competition. The new logo underscores NISL's distinct commitment to both men's and women's professional indoor soccer. The league's previous logo featured a silhouette, bearing a resemblance to those of the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, and had a similar color scheme. However, as a league that equally highlights male and female athletes, the old logo failed to embody that focus. Unlike the approach taken by the NBA when launching the Women’s National Basketball Association, where a separate logo was introduced, the NISL wanted to present a unified logo. The updated logo maintains the core color palette while discarding the silhouette and shape in favor of a distinctly different look - a crest or shield - bringing it in line with other premier professional sports leagues such as the National Hockey League, National Football League, and Major League Soccer. The new logo also integrates three stars placed at the same level atop the logo. The larger star symbolizes the league itself and the two small stars represent the men and women's divisions. The league star, positioned between both divisional stars, signifies unity while acknowledging their separate but equal competition and operation.

All is not positive, however, as there are a few events that cause concern. The first is the league abruptly cancelled last season's playoffs just days before they were scheduled to begin. No reason was given for the cancellations and the league awarded the men's and women's regular season winners with championship titles. Additionally, there were reports of players, coaches, and staff on various teams not receiving all of their pay.

The team will play home matches in the Pelham Civic Complex Ice Arena. "On behalf of the City of Pelham and Venuworks of Pelham, we welcome the Magic City SC and the NISL to the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena. We are delighted to add a second professional sports franchise to our facility and can't wait to get the season started. Having the ability for fans to not only watch professional indoor soccer at our facility but also play here is very exciting for us," said Seth Greenberg, Executive Director of the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena.

Season tickets start at $120 for all eight regular-season doubleheaders.

September 27, 2023
  Jennifer Pfeiffer
Jennifer Pfeiffer is named head coach. She will coach both the men's and women's teams.

“I am honored to be named the inaugural Head Coach for Magic City SC. We have a high level of talent among the numerous teams in and around the Birmingham area. There are great coaches here who have developed and continue to invest in youth players, college players, and alumni. I am confident that we be able to select quality players for the NISL to compete to bring championships to the Magic City,“ Pfeiffer said.

Pfeiffer currently serves as the Executive Director of Alabama Soccer Association. She has over 30 years of experience as a coach at various levels of the game from youth to college teams in NCAA Division I and II, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). She was most recently the South Region Assistant Coach for the 2006 Girls Olympic Development team and on the Boys Olympic Development Program (ODP) South Region staff. Prior to coming to Alabama, Pfeiffer was the Co-Coach and Goalkeeper Coach for the National Premier Soccer League Little Rock Rangers and Head Coach of the Women’s Premier Soccer League Little Rock Rangers.

Pfeiffer is the first ever female head coach in the Men’s Division of the NISL.

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  Albany Aces   Central Florida Crusaders   Fayetteville Fury   Foundry FC   Magic City SC  
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  Memphis Americans   Tampa Bay Strikers              

Champions of the
  National Indoor Soccer League  
Year Men Women
  2021-22     Fayetteville Fury   Memphis Americans  
2023   Central Florida Crusaders     Memphis Americans
2024   ???   ???
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  Central Florida Crusaders logo   Columbus Rapids logo   Fayetteville Fury logo   Memphis Americans logo   Rome Gladiators logo  
  Central Florida Crusaders
2023 to present
  Columbus Rapids
2021-22 to 2023
  Fayetteville Fury
2021-22 to present
  Memphis Americans
2021-22 to present
  Rome Gladiators
  Tampa Bay Strikers logo
  Tampa Bay Strikers
2023 to present

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National Indoor Soccer League logo 2021-22 to 2023
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Last update: September 27, 2023