US Soccer Confirms NASL Provisional Sanctioning for 2011
Confirming what IMS posted Saturday morning, the statement said: The provisional sanctioning allows the NASL to operate a Division 2 league during the 2011 season. The NASL will need to meet certain requirements defined by the Board of Directors to be granted full sanctioning beyond the 2011 season.
“Division 2 soccer is an important element in the success and popularity of the sport in the United States and we are pleased the NASL will play professional games in their markets this season,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The Federation’s continued interest is in sustainability and stability at the Division 2 level of professional soccer.”
“Today is a historic day for soccer in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico,” said NASL CEO Aaron Davidson in the NASL’s press release. “We’ve worked diligently over the past several years to implement a new vision for second division and would like to thank USSF President Sunil Gulati and the USSF staff for their leadership, cooperation and support in creating this next chapter for the professional game in the region. We are committed to building a new second division which will develop markets, players, coaches, referees, executives and administrators and give soccer fans throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico a league and teams to be proud of.”
IMS also learned this afternoon that US Soccer decided not to bring the provisional sanctioning to the AGM. Instead, the board of directors decided on Friday to give the the league provisional D2 membership which allowed them to sidestep the ratification vote. The action was therefore decided at the board of directors level and the NASL will remain provisional until next year when they will again need to be approved by the board and then ratified by the AGM to receive full sanctioning.