The dates are set.

Oral arguments in the North American Soccer League’s appeal of a denial of a preliminary injunction to regain Division Two status for 2018 could take place as early as the week of Monday, Dec. 11.

That date is subject to the approval of the presiding judge in the case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The league is contesting the U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to deny it D-2 status for next year.

The NASL’s opening brief is due this Monday, Nov. 13, a day after the Cosmos and San Francisco Deltas battle for The Championship.

The USSF’s response is due Nov. 21. The league will get a reply brief that is due Nov. 27.

The briefing schedule is closer to what the NASL has asked for.

In a written decision Saturday, Judge Margo K. Brodie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York turned down the league’s request for the temporary relief it sought in its federal anti-trust case against the USSF.

On Monday, the NASL filed an 18-page motion for an expedited appeal of the decision.