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North American Soccer League Introduces ‘The Championship’

Four-Club Postseason a Component of League’s Long Term Competition Planning

From: NASL Communications
Contact: Michael Preston
mpreston@nasl.com

MIAMI, Fla./INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Thursday, February 27, 2014) – Four clubs, three matches, two finalists, one Champion…

The North American Soccer League will feature a new-look postseason format, as four clubs qualify to play in ‘The Championship’ that will decide which of the league’s clubs lifts the NASL Soccer Bowl trophy.

As a component of long term competition planning, the NASL Spring Season and Fall Season champions will be joined in the semi finals of The Championship by the two clubs with the next best overall records from both seasons combined.  The semi final winners will compete in The Championship final. 

"This new postseason format will give our players even more incentive to deliver results every time out during both portions of the 2014 schedule," said Indy Eleven Director of Soccer Operations/Head Coach Juergen Sommer.  "I can think of no better way to thank our fans for what should be a memorable Inaugural Season by giving them two more matches at Carroll Stadium during The Championship to close things out in proper fashion this November."

The new format, which was approved by the NASL Board of Governors meeting this week in Jacksonville, will be introduced for the upcoming 2014 NASL season.  The Championship semi finals will be played the weekend of November 8/9 and The Championship final on the following weekend of November 15/16.

“We have a vision for how we want to be structured when we reach 18 clubs,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson.  “The Championship is an integral part of that vision and the fan feedback we received overwhelmingly supported the decision.  The already fierce competition in NASL just got tougher.”

The Championship Semi Finals (home team listed first)
Seed #1 vs. Seed #4
Seed #2 vs. Seed #3

The Championship Final (home team listed first)
Highest remaining seed vs. other Semi Final winner

The Championship seeding
• The NASL Spring Season and Fall Season champions will each host a semi final.
• The number one seed will be awarded to whichever of the Spring or Fall champions posts the better combined regular season record.
• The number three and number four seeds will be awarded to the next two clubs with the best overall records from both seasons combined.
• Clubs will retain their seeding throughout the postseason.
• The top-seeded semi final winner will host The Championship final.
• If the same club wins both seasons, the clubs with the second, third and fourth best overall records from both seasons combined will qualify for The Championship.

About the NASL
The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States and Canada. The NASL member teams are:  Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Jacksonville Armada, Virginia Cavalry FC and Oklahoma City will commence play in 2015.  For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASLfans. 

About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Indy Eleven will kick off its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL) on April 12, 2014, against the Carolina RailHawks and will play its home contests at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. Born Indy Pro Soccer after launching as the 11th member of the North American Soccer League on January 16, 2013, Indy Eleven established its identity 99 days later on the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of the 11th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War on April 25, 1861. Visit IndyEleven.com and all of the team’s social media channels for more information on Indiana’s team in “the world’s game.”

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