North American Soccer League owners and general managers unofficially approved the concept of a fullscale indoor soccer season next winter during league meetings last week in San Diego.
Although no announcement was made regarding indoor play, it appears likely that at least 18 of the league's 24 clubs are in favor of playing an indoor schedule -- an interest inspired at least somewhat by the success of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Although the MISL isn't breaking attendance records, the six-team league has been keeping its head above water, drawing respectable crowds throughout the season. Two of the Teams, the Houston Hurricane and the New York Arrows, are virtual carbon copies of the NASL's Houston Hurricane and Rochester Lancers and it will be interesting to see how those two teams start off after playing indoors all winter.
Washington has been a leading advocate of the indoor game the last three years largely because General Manager John Carbray is enamored of the concept and has pushed strongly for a full-scale season.
Last year when the league dropped plans for an indoor league Carbray went ahead with an eight-game exhibition scedule in the D.C. Armory.
That proved to be a complete disaster. Crowds were small, the quality of play was poor and starting goal-keeper Eric Martin broke his leg in the final game and missed the entire NASL season.
If the league officially approves indoor play next month as expected, the Dips will begin negotiating with Capital Centre for use of the building. The Dips do not want to return to the Armory under any circumstances.