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NASL announces cancellation of 2018 season: What to know

The North American Soccer League’s 2018 season isn’t happening. On Tuesday, the league announced it would be cancelling the campaign. Here’s what to know:

What caused the cancellation?

The announcement, which wasn’t much of a surprise, came just days after a federal court rejected an appeal to reinstate its status as a Division 2 league which was vital to the league’s stability.

Last year, the U.S. Soccer Federation voted to deny putting the team in Division 2 for not meeting second-tier standards, which include a variety of things such as a minimum number of teams, and it was all downhill from there with teams jumping ship, with USL moving to Division 2 in January.

Here’s a part of the league’s official release:

On September 1, 2017, the USSF’s Board of Directors took a decision to revoke the NASL’s Division II status jeopardizing the future of the league and its member clubs. On September 19, NASL filed an antitrust suit in Federal Court in the Eastern District of New York seeking a preliminary injunction to preserve the NASL’s Division II status while the Court considers the underlying claims. On November 4, the District Court denied the NASL’s motion for a preliminary injunction and on February 23, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision.

For the full CBS Sports article, click here.