MISO, which stands for Major Island Soccer Organization (originally stood for Men’s Island Soccer Organization), was founded in August of 1996 by a group of players and teams to provide the island of Oahu its then-only men’s USSF-sanctioned league, as well as seeking something different from what was available at the time.
MISO has strengthened its roots and is now looking bright for the future with the expansion of teams and strength in competition. After just fifteen (15) years of existence, it is now considered by most as the premier adult league in the state of Hawaii.
In March of 2001, MISO introduced the Masters Division (45+), composed of players still seeking a challenge but too old to compete in the Open Division. Later, in the Spring of 2002, MISO split its Open Division to create a Division I and a Division II, with promotion and relegation, making all the games more competitive. Along with the introduction of multiple Divisions, the MISO Open “Robledo” Cup was created, which involves both Divisions competing for the same crown.
In September of 2006, MISO introduced another division, the M35+, which is for players 35 years of age and older. With this new division, MISO now covers competition for just about all ages, as the youngest registered player is 10 years old while the eldest is in the upper 60’s.
In March of 2008, MISO broke the gender barrier to create the W1 Division. This Division is geared towards the competitive women on the island, with the focus on developing the future of the women’s game. This Division is mainly composed of young women preparing themselves for their move to the collegiate or Pro level as well as those returning from college or National leagues.
During the summer of 2008, MISO introduced a Futsal Division to help fill a void for the small-sided game and help promote the other aspects of the beautiful game
In September 2009, MISO expanded and reformatted its men’s Open Divisions to create a Div III to ensure more competitive games throughout, still with a promotion and relegation format
Plans are in the works for a Seniors Division, which will be geared towards players 55+, as the competition level of the Masters Division has drastically increased in the past couple of years, making it hard for many 55+ players to keep up with the level of play. This Division will most likely consist of teams playing with only 7 or 8 players on a reduced field.
For the Future of the Game!
- Over 40s