By Michael Lewis
All eight National Independent Soccer Association teams are expected to participate in a fall postseason tournament, which is slated to run from Sept. 21-Oct. 2.
Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover gave what could be a preview of the competition during a halftime interview with MyCujoo.TV of his team’s home scoreless draw with Detroit City FC Wednesday night.
The tournament probably will have two groups of four teams apiece with a semifinals and finals.
“It’s looking like all eight teams in sort of a mini-World Cup structure of two groups of four,” Stover said. “Then semifinals or finals or something similar to that. We would expect an announcement this week.”
The league has not announced the venue, but Cosmos head coach Carlos Mendes might have let the cat out of the bag during a halftime interview. He said after returning home after Saturday’s Chattanooga FC match in his team’s regular-season final, the Cosmos would “head out to Michigan to be ready for the playoffs.”
Two NISA clubs are based in Michigan: Detroit City FC and Michigan Stars FC. the game will be televised on beIN Sports or be streamed online.
Stover said the winner of the fall tournament would host the spring champion in a championship game next spring.
“So that gives a lot of things to play for right now,” he said.
Stover praised the league and its owners for keeping the season alive, even though the regular season had only four games for each club.
“For these owners to step up and keep this league going is a very brave thing for them to do and I think it has led to a lot of positive news that has been coming out recently about the league,” he said. More news will be following soon. Through a very challenging time, we are coming out on the other side looking pretty good.
“It’s a unique year. It’s different to have a four-game regular season and then to get into a playoff. The way we plan on structuring it is not your typical year. But 2020 definitely has not be been a typical year. So, we’re looking forward to that.”