Kansas City, MO - The Major Arena Soccer League has announced a new affiliation program, Monday, that will directly link teams from the MASL with those of the MASL2 (M2), the second-division indoor soccer league.
Founded in 2017, the M2 has served as the developmental league the past two seasons for the MASL. This new affiliation will allow MASL teams to partner with specific M2 teams in order to develop their own players throughout the year.
With the new program, MASL teams will be able to sign up to five players to two-way contracts each season. The players on these contracts will be placed on M2 affiliates and will be eligible to be called up to the MASL team throughout the year, much like the AHL to NHL system in hockey.
Players who are not on two-way contracts can also be brought up to an MASL team if the top division team pays a transfer fee to the M2 team to sign a player off of their roster.
The M2 is entering its third season in existence, it currently houses 15 teams, and is looking to expand. There is no word yet on who Utica City FC's affiliate will be, but the Rochester Lancers are the closest geographical team at the moment.
The next MASL season begins in November.
For more information about the affiliation program and the MASL, click here.
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