The National Independent Soccer Association has decided to push back the kickoff of its league to either July 2018 or spring 2019, Peter Wilt announced Friday.

The reason for the delay of launching the Division Three league is due to the slow progress of confirming teams, said Wilt, who is leading efforts to start the NISA.

The league has vetted eight applications. Three were accepted — Chattanooga, Connecticut and Miami. Four were returned seeking improvements — Charlotte, Omaha, Milwaukee and St. Louis. The Phoenix application was rejected.

In another development:

If the North American Soccer League wins its appeal to rescind the U.S. Soccer Federation’s refusal to sanction the league as Division Two, Wilt wrote that the NISA wanted “to connect with the NASL as its Division II partner in an open system promotion and relegation pyramid.”

Wilt wrote if the league wins its appeal, the NISA hopes to resume discussions with the NASL on that subject. If the appeal is denied and the NASL folds, the NISA would be in position to accept applications.

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