The American Soccer League ("ASL" or the "League") has announced that
is switching to the "American" Spring-To-Fall schedule from its current
"International Calendar" format of Fall-To-Spring. Matt
Driver, the CEO of the League, stated, "We believe our first year was a
resounding success. Switching to a Spring-To-Fall season allows us to
do more with players during the Summer break such as
league-wide All-Star Games and promotional tours. It also allows a
break for players right before each of the two international transfer
periods. This will facilitate tryouts and short and
long-term loans that lead to permanent transfers."
The primary focus of ASL has been the development of young talent that
does not make it major leagues after playing high school or college. "A
realignment of our scheduling and seasons will allow
the ASL to become the premium league for young American professional
players by aligning ourselves with the top domestic leagues." said
ASL has been filling a void in the American Soccer pyramid that looks
to take the raw talent that is either undiscovered, or not being
utilized currently, develop it, and offer a national platform
to launch players into major league professional soccer opportunities
The league projects that it will begin the Spring 2016 Season with
possibly 14 to 16 teams. "Our low cost model is very sustainable and has
attracted substantial interest from dozens of parties.
Another reason to re-align our schedule is to give our front office
more time to deal with expansion. Right now, we have virtually no
off-season. By having the November-March timeframe to firm up
expansion, we will do a better job of vetting expansion candidates
while also supporting our existing teams." commented Driver.
The league will play a limited 2015 fall schedule that consists of
exhibition games and a limited tournament format. "We have explained to
our players our rationale for this decision. As
competitors they are disappointed, as professionals they understand
there are good reasons for this."
Jim Antanakis, owner of Mass United FC, indicated the support of
the owners for this decision, "Of course it is a disappointment for
fans and other stakeholders. However, we support Matt and
the League's decision as being in the best long-term interests of the
League. We believe the spring season will shock people with our
expansion. We can't wait for Spring to arrive!"