NASL Receives Full Sanctioning at USSF AGM
The NASL announced this morning that they have received full sanctioning from the United States Soccer Federation at the organization’s annual general meeting. The USSF National Council voted on the matter this morning in the meetings being held in Miami, Florida.
Last November the USSF Board of Directors unanimously approved granting NASL sanctioning as a Division 2 men’s professional soccer league for the 2012 season. In order to be fully sanctioned the decision had to be approved at the AGM which is taking place this weekend.
In 2010 and ’11 the NASL was only provisionally sanctioned by the USSF which was an on-again-off-again affair, receiving provisional status in November of 2010. Then after changes in team ownership and other issues the provisional status was pulled. Eventually it was granted again and the NASL ran what most would consider a very successful first season as the sanctioned league for Division 2 men’s professional soccer in the U.S.
“We’ve worked tirelessly over the past several years to create a new, sustainable long-term platform for Division 2 professional soccer in North America and the Caribbean. We thank the Federation for their leadership and cooperation in helping us elevate second division standards in order to make our vision a reality,” said Aaron Davidson, Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors.
“After a successful inaugural campaign in which we worked to stabilize Division 2, we are pleased to have the formal approval that fully empowers us to move ahead with our plans to grow our league. We look forward to continuing to play a critical role in the development and maturation of soccer in North America and the Caribbean,” said David Downs, NASL Commissioner.