Central Florida Crusaders Announce Full NISL Inaugural Season Schedule
ORLANDO, FL – Central Florida Crusaders is pleased to announce its inaugural season schedule of games for competition in the National Indoor Soccer League (NISL).
Joining NISL as it enters its second year in action, Central Florida Crusaders are one of its two expansion teams, along with Tampa Bay Strikers. The Strikers and Crusaders join returning teams in Memphis (Americans), Fayetteville (Fury), and Columbus (Rapids).
NISL features both a men’s division and a women’s division of professional indoor soccer. Crusaders game days will feature doubleheaders, with home matches taking place in Addition Financial Arena on the campus of UCF. A single ticket will allow fans to enjoy both competitions.
Orlando will enjoy its first local opportunity to take in NISL action when the Crusaders welcome the Memphis Americans on Sunday, February 5. The first kick of match one is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST. This first home contest will feature the league debut for the local team and the reigning women’s division champions. They will see their next action at home when the Sunshine State’s other team visits Central Florida for the first time in league competition. That match is set for 6:00 pm EST on Saturday, February 18. The following weekend, the team will travel for the first time in franchise history.
The bulk of the team’s matches will be played in March, with three road contests and four on the Crusaders’ home turf. They will host both the Rapids and the Fury, who brings the defending men’s division champion to town. April is the team’s heaviest travel month, with four matches away from home and two in Orlando.
The team’s full home schedule can be found on the website under both the Men's Team and Women's Team tabs. The Crusaders' full schedule is included below.
Sunday, February 5 Memphis Americans 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 18 Tampa Bay Strikers 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 26 @ Tampa Bay Strikers 2: 00 pm
Saturday, March 4 Columbus Rapids 6:00 pm
Friday, March 10 @ Fayetteville Fury 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 11 @ Fayetteville Fury 12:00 pm
Sunday, March 12 Tampa Bay Strikers 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 23 @ Columbus Rapids 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 25 Fayetteville Fury 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 26 Fayetteville Fury 2:00 pm
Sunday, April 2 @ Columbus Rapids 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 8 Memphis Americans 12:00 pm
Saturday, April 15 @ Memphis Americans 12:00 pm
Saturday, April 16 @ Memphis Americans 12:00 pm
Sunday, April 23 Tampa Bay Strikers 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 29 @ Tampa Bay Strikers 6: 00 pm
Season tickets are on sale now and are currently featuring team apparel incentives with each full-season ticket purchase (for a limited time). To purchase season tickets, fans can visit each team’s website: https://www.cflcrusaders.com/season-tickets
Single-game tickets are also on sale. These may be purchased through the link on the team’s website or through Addition Financial Arena’s website.
A post-season tournament will be held at the conclusion of league play to crown champions in both the Men’s Division and the Women’s Division. The regular season champion in both divisions will automatically advance to the post-season championship match. The teams that finish in second & third place from the regular season will meet in a semi-final game, with the winner advancing to the championship game.
ABOUT NATIONAL INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE (NISL): The National Indoor Soccer League was founded in January 2021 by a group of seasoned sports team/league owners with over 50 years of ownership experience. The league features both a Men's & 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. Current teams include Central FL Crusaders (Orlando), Columbus Rapids (Georgia), Fayetteville (Arkansas) Fury, Memphis Americans, Rome Gladiators (Georgia), and Tampa Bay Strikers. The NISL is committed to promoting and supporting our member teams, while providing an avenue for players, coaches, and front office staff to develop their skills and gain exposure for opportunities at higher levels, all while providing high-quality, affordable entertainment in the communities we serve. For more information, go to nislpro.com.