Major Arena Soccer League commissioner Joshua Schaub is optimistic, optimistic that his league will play its 2020-21 season.

In a story on the league’s website, the MASL said it was look at several options, with hopes of starting to play as soon as Dec. 31.

“We have seen a desire from our member teams, and especially our fans, for a return of arena soccer this season,” Schaub said in a statement. “In that spirit, we are working hard to put together plans for teams to play and to award the Ron Newman Cup in the spring.”

The MASL never held its playoffs this spring because the league had to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the MASL, the Dec. 31 date is subject to change as discussion among team owners continue.

Mexican clubs Monterrey Flash and Soles de Sonora have applied and have been granted a sabbatical for the 2020-2021 season.

All remaining teams, including the Rochester Lancers, have expressed a desire to play, although it is unclear if some club will be forced to sit out due to factors outside of their control, the league said.

The MASL added that its priority will be ensuring the safety of fans, players, and staff at all venues. It was noted that the league will have to adhere to the many different guidelines and recommendations of the municipalities in which the teams play.

The MASL is looking at several options.

“The league continues to work with all teams on a blueprint for play while keeping in mind various contingency plans to follow any changes in local and regional regulations,” a league statement said.