By EDUARDO A. ENCINA
Times Staff Writer
The North American Soccer League has received provisional sanctioning to operate a Division 2 level soccer league for the 2011 season by the United States Soccer Federation, the league announced in a release Saturday evening.
The sanctioning was approved by the USSF this weekend at its annual general meeting in Las Vegas.
The NASL still must fulfill certain requirements to receive full sanctioning beyond this season, but for now, FC Tampa Bay and the other seven franchises that make up the league can look forward to playing this spring.
"Division 2 soccer is an important element in the success and popularity of the sport in the United States and we are pleased the NASL will play professional games in their markets this season," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said. "The Federation's continued interest is in sustainability and stability at the Division 2 level of professional soccer."
The USSF and NASL will hold a conference call Monday to discuss the provisions.