03 National Indoor Soccer LeagueA new sports federation is including Fayetteville among its franchises. The National Indoor Soccer League says Fayetteville's Crown Coliseum will be home to men’s and women’s teams. The Fayetteville Fury will participate in the NISL's inaugural season which will begin in late December. Inspired by his four daughters, NISL executive board member Joshua Blair saw the opportunity to break new ground beyond bringing professional soccer to the host cities.

"Let’s face it! There is a lack of professional sports teams where our girls can interact with and emulate the male athletes," he said. The NISL will be the first professional indoor soccer league in the country to have both men’s and women’s divisions.

"It is nonstop action and it’s going to be great for the city of Fayetteville and the surrounding area," said team co-owner and operator Andrew Haines. The NISL was formed in January and its first franchise, the Memphis Americans, was unveiled in
late April.

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