North American Soccer League to skip spring season

NEW YORK (AP) The North American Soccer League will skip its spring season following the U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to revoke its provisional second-tier status.

The NASL said Monday it plans to shift to the international calendar of August-May seasons, pending the outcome of its appeal in its lawsuit against the USSF. After the second-tier status was denied, the NASL filed an antitrust suit against the USSF in federal court in Brooklyn.

The NASL was denied a request for a preliminary injunction on Nov. 4. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Dec. 15, with a ruling to come.

NASL plans to start its season Aug. 11 with seven teams – in Fullerton, California; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Florida; Miami; New York; Bayamon, Puerto Rico and San Diego.

The Soc Takes web site reported Monday that Indianapolis plans to shift to the second-tier United Soccer League this season.