NISA sets format for fall season to begin on Aug. 8

The National Independent Soccer Association announced plans to go ahead with its fall 2020 season.

The spring 2020 season, its first formal competition, was halted after two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Format: The fall 2020 campaign will begin with a regionalized competition with teams divided into Eastern and Western Conferences and a single-location tournament to be held in late October to determine the fall champion.

Dates: The start dates for the two conferences differ: Aug. 8 for the Eastern Conference and Sept. 5 for the Western Conference, taking into account the different sizes of the conferences.

Spring lineup: NISA began play in the spring with eight teams: Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Michigan Stars and Stumptown Athletic in the Eastern Conference; California United Strikers FC, LA Force, Oakland Roots and San Diego 1904 FC in the Western Conference.

Fall additions: The New York Cosmos and New Amsterdam FC have been confirmed as additions for the fall season.

"The health and safety of our players, coaches, staffs, and fans are of the utmost importance," said NISA commissioner John Prutch. "As a result, our return to play protocol takes into consideration numerous processes and alternative plans. As we move forward, we will continue to adhere with CDC recommendations and state and local mandates. Our Board of Governors have been very supportive and unified in this process and have my gratitude."
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