MASL Fall Meetings, Day Two

by Jeff Husted

ORLANDO  (Sep. 20, 2019) – The 2019 Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) Fall Meetings concluded yesterday afternoon and team executives headed home to begin final preparations for the 2019-2020 season. 

The day began with the owners inviting outside counsel to discuss the changing landscape of immigration. From there, the discussion moved on to the rules of the arena game. Several changes and points of emphasis were discussed. The most significant discussion revolved around the card system. While no final decisions were made, the system of Blue, Yellow and Red cards in arena soccer will be reviewed and potentially changed by the Office of the Commissioner.

The league’s Schedule Committee spent several hours fine tuning the 2019-2020 fixtures. MASL executives were offered the chance to provide feedback before the day concluded, giving the committee several discussion points before the final schedule is released soon.

The biggest news of the day revolved around the 2019-2020 Playoff Format. All Eighteen teams will begin play this fall, but only two will still be kicking by the spring Ron Newman Cup Championship series.

As voted on by the full board, the 2020 playoffs will feature the top four teams in each conference advancing to the first of the playoffs. This new format is different than the previous divisional format to determine playoff participants. Each series will feature a home and away series, with a Mini-Game to decide the winner if needed.

New this season, will be the process to decide the matchups. Each conference’s top seed will have the unique opportunity to decide which of the other three seeds they want to face in the first round. A formalized schedule of the Selection Process will be announced following the regular season.

MASL teams and their fans can now start the countdown to the 2019-2020 regular season, which kicks off the weekend of November 22. The MASL Schedule will be released to the public in the coming weeks.