The NASL has announced its teams will play a 28-game regular-season schedule and will finish off the season with a six-team playoff. The season will kick off April 9 and feature a game between last year's USSF Division 2 finalists, the Puerto Rico Islanders and Carolina.
The top six teams from the regular season will advance to the playoffs, with the top two teams receiving first-round byes. The other four teams will play one-game playoffs for a spot in the semifinals. The semfinals and finals will be home-and-home aggregate-goal series. The final will be played on the weekends of Oct. 22 and 29.
"We believe we have created a balanced schedule that is in accordance with international standards for the sport and will improve the game day ambiance for fans, media, players and coaches," NASL CEO Aaron Davidson said in a statement.
This news comes in the wake of the NASL being notified that their provisional Division 2 sanctioning had been stripped by the USSF. The league has since posted a $6 million letter of credit that it hopes will satisfy the USSF's concerns.