U.S. Soccer Says NASL Provisionally Sanctioned for 2012; Will Participate in US Open Cup
A spokesperson for U.S. Soccer confirmed on Monday afternoon that the North American Soccer League (NASL) was provisionally sanctioned to run second division soccer in the US for the 2012 season.
U.S. Soccer held their November Board of Directors meeting this past Sunday morning in Los Angeles, California, site of the MLS Cup final. Neil Buethe, U.S. Soccer Media Relations Director, had previously told IMS that decisions on all the professional leagues under the umbrella of the USSF would be reviewed in that meeting.
The decision will most likely mean that the provisional sanctioning will now go to the National Council Meeting at the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting which will be held in Miami, Florida on March 2-3, 2012. One source told IMS that the provisional status will most likely be lifted with that approval.
Buethe also stated that with the board’s approval on Sunday, the NASL will now participate in this year’s 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition. Last year the NASL was left out of the oldest sporting tournament in the US when they had their provisional sanctioning status withdrawn in January only to be reinstated in February. At the time, U.S. Soccer said that the late decision to approve the league did not allow the federation the time it needed to included the NASL in their schedule that was drawn up earlier than most years.