NASL's split-season model, now in third year, offers unpredictable thrills

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NASL's split-season model, now in third year, offers unpredictable thrills

Post by Fran » Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:53 pm

Are soccer people here fans of the NASL split season champions.

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The NASL operates under a split-season model, with the league schedule separated into two competitions: a spring season, which is played from April to June, followed by a fall season, which takes place between July and November. Though not common in Europe or other American sports, the split-season model is used in a number of South American countries including Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay.

The winner of each season, both of which start with teams on zero points, is guaranteed a place in the four-team end-of-season playoffs, known as the Championship. An additional two teams qualify based on a league table that combines both the spring and fall records. This combined table also helps select seedings for the playoffs: season winners are guaranteed seeds one and two, with the top seed being allocated to the team with the best combined record. (The top two seeds also gain home field advantage in the two semifinals, with the highest seeded finalist guaranteed home privilege again.) Seeds three and four are selected based on their finishes in the combined league.

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Post by nksports » Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:56 pm

[quote=""Fran""]Though not common in Europe or other American sports, the split-season model is used in a number of South American countries including Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay.[/quote]

You try to play football in July in Mexico and see how far you last.

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Post by Pounder » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:11 pm

Heh. Dallas. Houston. Orlando. Of course, Mexico started its Apertura at the end of July.
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Post by Sam Hill » Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:36 pm

[quote=""nksports""]You try to play football in July in Mexico and see how far you last.[/quote]

90 minutes, for most players.
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