The North American Soccer League will position its mid-season break in 2014 to align with the FIFA World Cup and ensure fans are able to enjoy both competitions without missing a single game.
Joining the majority of the soccer world in avoiding a conflict with the game’s illustrious showpiece tournament, the NASL will break for the duration of the World Cup, which will be played from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil.
“Soccer fans everywhere anticipate the World Cup with great excitement every four years, so we recognize it is essential that NASL fans are able to watch the games from Brazil without a conflict,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “This break to enjoy watching the world’s top international players in action will appeal to our fans, players, coaches and everyone associated with the NASL.”
In 2014, the NASL will retain the split season structure that rewards the winner of the Spring Season with the right to host the annual NASL Soccer Bowl against the winner of the Fall Season.
NASL clubs will play a shortened Spring Season from April 5 to June 7 and following the break for the FIFA World Cup the NASL action will resume from July 19 to November 15.
“We believe the split season is an attractive structure for our fans and ensures all our games remain highly competitive until the end of the season,” added Commissioner Peterson. “During the 2013 Spring Season, the first team was not eliminated until Week 10 and the spring title was not decided until the last few minutes of the final game.”
The NASL Board of Governors unanimously agreed the 2014 structure during meetings held in Dallas, TX, this week.