The NASL has announced its full schedule for 2017, with the season set to kickoff on Saturday, March 25.
The league’s new boys, the San Francisco Deltas, will face off against Indy Eleven at Kezar Stadium in their inaugural game on the opening weekend.
That match will take place at 10pm ET, with Puerto Rico hosting defending champions New York Cosmos (7.30pm ET) and North Carolina taking on Miami FC at WakeMed Soccer Park (kickoff TBC) on the same night.
A week later, on Sunday, April 2 (4pm ET), FC Edmonton and Jacksonville Armada will start their campaigns at Hodges Stadium.
“The season is less than two months away, and we’re excited to get back on the pitch and in front of our fans,” NASL Interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal told nasl.com.
“The pitch is where we’re all able to truly celebrate the beautiful game, and we expect this season to bring compelling and entertaining soccer back into our communities.”
The league’s split-season schedule will feature a 16-game Spring Season and a 16-game Fall Season.
Within each season, every club will play the other seven opponents home and away, plus two additional matchups.
The Spring Season Champion and Fall Season Champion will each earn a spot – and semifinal hosting rights – in The Championship, the league’s four-club postseason tournament.
The remaining two postseason spots will go to the two clubs that collect the most combined points over the course of the overall 32-game competition (Spring and Fall Seasons).