By Michael Lewis
The Major Arena Soccer League announced Thursday that it is making plans to hold playoffs for the 2019-20 season, although the exact dates and venue has yet not been determined.
In a press release, the league stated that the safety and health of all participated was “paramount in this process.”
“Through much research and due diligence, the league feels we are close to finding a resolution on conducting the playoffs,” a statement said. “The belief exists that if we can safely conduct an event, that the world’s attention to professional indoor soccer and the MASL will be at a level never previously achieved.”
The post-season plans include:
* A five-day training camp, followed immediately into 10-day playoff format
* One centralized location
* Eight participating teams
* Executing a detailed plan for testing, quarantining, social distancing, cleaning/sanitizing and housing.
In a press release, the league said that it will work with the Sonora Soles and Monterrey Flash on their respective travel across the Mexico-U.S. border.
The Florida Tropics, defending champion Milwaukee Wave, Utica City FC and Baltimore Blast qualified from the Eastern Division, while Montrerry (22-2), the team with the best regular-season record, San Diego Sockers, Ontario Fury and Sonora booked spots in the postseason from the Western Division.
If they any other team cannot travel, the MASL has determined that it will award those two spots to the Harrisburg Heat (Eastern Division) and the Tacoma Stars and/or Turlock Cal Express (Western Division), based on previously established criteria.
An official announcement is planned for the next seven days.
“We ask that you remain patient,” the press release