Wave Ready for Round One of the MASL Playoffs Saturday and Sunday

March 8, 2018 - Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) - Milwaukee Wave News Release

Your Six-Time Champion Milwaukee Wave continue to prepare for round one of the Major Arena Soccer League Playoffs which begin Saturday afternoon with game one of the MASL Central Division Championship series against the Cedar Rapids Rampage.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12:05pm CST from the Odeum Convention Sports & Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois.

"We had a great regular season but all we did was really set ourselves up for the playoffs," said Milwaukee Wave Head Coach Giuliano Oliviero. "We're excited and feel good about it. The guys have trained well all week and have worked on many different scenarios on both sides of the ball."

The Milwaukee Wave finished the 2017-2018 MASL Regular Season atop the Central Division with a 17-5 record while the Cedar Rapids Rampage finished at .500 with 11 wins and 11 losses.

"Congratulation to the Cedar Rapids organization for making the post season amid turmoil with player and coaching changes," said Oliviero. "They seem to be firing on all cylinders here at playoff time. We know it's going to be a very difficult series but we've got to put our best foot forward and bring our, "A' game Saturday afternoon."

MASL PLAYOFFS ROUND ONE: (Best of 3* series)

GAME ONE: Saturday, March 10th.

MKE Wave at Cedar Rapids Rampage at *U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.*

*GAME RELOCATED TO: Odeum Convention Sports & Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois.

Kickoff scheduled for 12:05pm.

Watch the game LIVE! & FREE! via MASLtv at http://maslsoccer.com or download the new MASL App, a free download for your Apple or Android device!

GAME TWO: Sunday, March 11th.

Cedar Rapids Rampage at Milwaukee Wave at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05pm.

Purchase tickets at http://milwaukeewave.com

15-MINUTE MINI-GAME THREE*: Sunday, March 11th.

Cedar Rapids Rampage at Milwaukee Wave at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Kickoff will be scheduled for fifteen minutes after Game Two, *if necessary.

MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE PLAYOFF FORMAT:

The 2017-2018 Ron Newman Cup tournament will consist of three rounds; The Divisional Championships, Conference Finals and Ron Newman Cup Championship.

The Divisional Championships will be a home-and-home series with each team getting a chance to host a game. The higher seed will decide which game in the series they would prefer to host.

The Conference Finals and Ron Newman Cup Championships will each be decided in a one-game, winner-take-all format. The higher seed will determine the date and location of each game.

MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE INSTITUTES VIDEO REPLAY

After successful test, MASL launches program for playoffs

The Major Arena Soccer League announced Wednesday the launch of a Video Replay system, to be put in use beginning with the 2018 Ron Newman Cup Playoffs. The system was successfully tested in the final week of the 2017-2018 regular season leading league officials to launch the program in full for the 2018 playoffs.

"I feel it is in the best interest to have the outcome of each game to be fair and equitable," said MASL Commissioner Joshua Schaub. "We've been researching this issue for quite some time and after a successful test on a limited basis, we feel we have a good system to launch for this year's playoffs."

The objective of video replay is to improve the game in terms of fairness. Its use is to assist the referee in correcting clear and obvious errors while helping to review any serious missed incidents in specific situations.

During the game, video replay can be initiated by the referee only when the referee has a strong sense that there may be an error. Indisputable video evidence, in the judgement of the referee must be present to overrule the decision made on the field. The senior referee will make the final decision and there must be evidence that a clear and obvious error has been committed if there is any change to be made.

The three specific situations in which video replay is permissible are:

Goal / No Goal

Possible Direct Red Card Situation

Major Rules Errors

Only the referee can initiate a review during the match and will do so by making the sign of a TV screen with his hands and he can only do so when play is stopped. A decision cannot be reviewed or changed if play has restarted after a stoppage of play.

For more rules of the game visit: http://www.maslsoccer.com/rules

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