The United States Soccer Federation hopes to kick off a new outdoor professional soccer league.
Buoyed by the announcement earlier this week that the United States will host the 1990 World Cup, USSF President Werner Fricker said Thursday he hoped the new league can begin operation next year.The proposal will be voted on at the USSF general meeting in Philadelphia from July 28-30.
"The pro league is essential in my view," Fricker said.
Fricker said the league will not attempt to play in large stadiums used by NFL and major league baseball teams, but would play in small stadiums and against co-op teams that are now in the American Soccer League, the Western Soccer Alliance and the Major Indoor Soccer League.
He emphasized that plans are in the preliminary stages. He said he thought the top classification of the league would have 32 teams and there would be three divisions.