Up & Coming Weekly

February 07, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM FEBRUARY 8 - 14, 2023 UCW 19 SPORTS Fayetteville's professional indoor soccer team, Fayetteville Fury will kick off their second season home opener against Memphis on Feb. 18 and 19 at the Crown Coliseum. For those who did not know pro- fessional indoor soccer is a thing, the Fury is a part of the National Indoor Soccer League. e league was created in 2021 and Fayetteville Fury is one of the many teams in the organization that has men's and women's divi- sions. eir season kick off is against the Memphis Americans. e Men's and Women's divisions will have 24 regular season games. After the home opening week- end, the Fury will be on the road until the next home games on March 10 against the Central Florida Crusaders. It is rare for one sports ticket to get someone into a men's and women's game. Andrew Haines, NISL owner said, "We are the only league in the country that does that at the professional level. All tickets get you into both games." During the inaugural season, the Fayetteville Fury Men's team won a championship title. Haines discussed how this being the league's second season proves that the sport is real and not just a concept. "We produced a quality product for the community, and our Men's team won the league champion- ship," Haines said. "We are in building mode and excited to kick off our second season." e League's Affect on Fayetteville "Our league and teams all affect each other," Haines said. "Our successes and failures are shared. Our front office and coaches from around the league all work togeth- er behind the scenes ... off the field we are one family with a common goal." To learn more about the league or purchase tickets, visit www. fayettevillefury.com/. About the National Indoor Soccer League e NISL was founded in Janu- ary 2021 by a group of seasoned sports team/league owners with over 50 years of ownership experi- ence. e league features both a Men's & Women's Division, com- peting in double header game days over a 16-game regular season that takes place between January and April. Current teams include Central Florida Crusaders, Colum- bus Rapids (Georgia), Fayetteville Fury, Memphis Americans, Rome Gladiators (Georgia), and Tampa Bay Strikers. e NISL is committed to pro- moting and supporting member teams, while providing an avenue for players, coaches, and front of- fice staff to develop their skills and gain exposure for opportunities at higher levels, all while providing high-quality, affordable entertain- ment in the communities they call home. For more information, go to nislpro.com. Fayetteville Fury ready to kick off indoor soccer season by KATRINA WILSON KATRINA WILSON, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200 For effective advertising contact us today! 910•484•6200

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