NEW YORK — 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.