Following the MASL league meetings in Milwaukee, league officials today announced a new standings system which will be points-based, similar to that used by other professional leagues. For the MASL, it will be a 3-2-1 point system. A team winning in regulation time will receive three standings points, while the losing team will receive none. For an overtime or shoot-out win, a team will be awarded two points and a single point will go to the losing team. In addition, the playoff format for the 2021-22 Ron Newman Cup Playoffs has been announced.
This will be the first time the MASL has used a points-based system to determine standings. The total number of points accumulated by a team will determine their ranking in the standings. Should teams be tied at the end of the regular season, the following tiebreakers will determine the order of finish:
- Wins in regulation time
- Total number of wins
- Head to head results
- Goal differential
- Goals scored
- Goals allowed
2021-22 Ron Newman Cup Playoffs
Though the dates and teams will be determined over the course of the coming season, the format is now known. Each division’s regular-season champion will advance to the playoffs and will be seeded #1 through #3, based on their regular-season point total. Regular-season finishers #4 through #8 will receive Wild-Card spots based on their point total.
The quarter-final round of playoffs will feature:
- 1 vs 8
- 2 vs 7
- 3 vs 6
- 4 vs 5
The winners will advance to the semi-final round. All series will be a home and home format and if the teams are tied with one win each, they will play a 15 minute overtime period. If they are still tied, it will advance to a golden-goal overtime.
Following the league meetings, MASL Commissioner Keith Tozer commented on the energy and all that transpired in Milwaukee. "After two very successful days of league meetings in Milwaukee, we all left feeling a great sense of excitement and accomplishment, both on the business side as well as on the soccer side,” said Tozer.
The 2021-22 season gets underway on Friday November 26 with the St. Louis Ambush hosting the Kansas City Comets.