The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented difficulties and interruptions for nearly every professional sports league, and the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) is no exception. As the calendar begins to turn towards the Fall and the expected start of MASL activities, Commissioner Joshua Schaub has provided an update on the status of the 2020-2021 season.
“We have seen a desire from our member teams, and especially our fans, for a return of arena soccer this season. 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.”
Currently, the Monterrey Flash and Soles de Sonora have applied and been granted a sabbatical for the 2020-2021 season. All remaining teams have expressed a desire to play, although it is unclear if some teams will be forced to sit out due to factors outside of their control. However, the league’s priority will be ensuring the safety of fans, players, and staff at all venues. Secondly, the league has to adhere to the many different guidelines and recommendations of the municipalities in which the teams play.
The MASL is currently looking at several options, with the target of playing as soon as December 31, 2020. That date, the teams who participate and the format of the upcoming season are all subject to change as discussions continue. 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.