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NEW MINOR LEAGUE SOCCER GROUP SET TO DEBUT IN FALL OF '98
Published January 12, 1998
Soccer Leagues of America, Inc. (SLA), an organization formed to develop and manage professional minor indoor soccer leagues across North America, will begin operation with the '98-99 fall/winter indoor season. The OH-based group has also entered into a major league/minor league working relationship with the NPSL. OH-based attorney, and former NPSL franchise owner, Richard Chernesky was named SLA President. The SLA's plans include the formation of soccer leagues comprised of a minimum of six to eight teams to begin play this fall. It will also look to develop players, referees and front office personnel for major league pro soccer. SLA will target cities that may not have the arena or population size to support an NPSL team (SLA). MORE SOCCER: The NPSL Philadelphia Kixx drew a franchise-record crowd of 12,239 at CoreStates Spectrum for their game against the Edmonton Drillers on Saturday (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/11)....MLS Commissioner Doug Logan was in Philadelphia and said, "We make no bones about the fact that we are vitally interested in Philadelphia as a place to expand to during the next round of expansions. But, we need a facility where we can play our game and none presently exist" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/10).