NASL Provisionally Sanctioned as Division 2 Professional League for 2011
NASL Required to Fulfill Certain Requirements
to Obtain Full Sanctioning Beyond 2011
CHICAGO (Feb. 12, 2011) – The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors provisionally sanctioned the North American Soccer League (NASL) to operate a Division 2 men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States. The sanctioning was approved this weekend at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas.
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.”