ST. LOUIS – The Major Arena Soccer League will have one way of scoring next season and a new board to oversee it.
Major Arena Soccer League owners took action on several items during the league meetings hosted by the St. Louis Ambush at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis this week.
Among the key items approved by league owners at the meeting was a single scoring system for the entire MASL. League owners voted to enact single-point scoring league wide for the 2015-16 season, after an opening season in which four teams used a multi-point scoring format during their home games.
“We listened to the fans’ concerns about having two scoring systems and decided immediately upon the need for a unified scoring system,” Jonathan Ramin, MASL vice president of operations, said Wednesday in a press release.
Owners also voted to reorganize the leadership structure of the league, appointing a board of five members to oversee the league, while Kevin Milliken, the commissioner during the inaugural season, has been moved to the league's vice president of business development and Ramin will serve as vice president of operations.
“Merging two leagues, especially in the short period of time it was done, is no easy task,” Mike Zimmerman, president of the newly appointed board of directors for the 2015-16 MASL season, said in the press release. “All of us owners communicated the areas we felt needed to be addressed, and we made some tough decisions as a group. This was time well spent.
“The league is progressing forward and we look forward to a very bright future, but we must continue to sand down our rough edges just like any new business."
The league's schedule and playoff format was also approved at the meeting. Each team will play a 20-game regular season schedule, with the top three teams in each division advancing to the postseason like last season.
The league’s 20-game season will kickoff Nov. 1 and wrap up by Feb. 28, 2016, with playoffs beginning March 1.
The league’s structure will also include several committees led by owners, each focusing on a separate part of the league’s operations, which will allow for more input from each member team.
The Missouri Comets return for their second season at the Independence Events Center in the MASL after going 20-0 in the regular season before falling to Baltimore in the Eastern Conference finals.
The league also announced it would reveal final division alignments and the full schedule in the coming months.