USL League One announced on Monday following the league’s Board of Governors meeting that the 2021 regular season will begin on or about May 8 and will feature a 28-game slate running through October, culminating in a six-team playoff to take place in November.
In voting for a flexible start date, the Governors have approved for clubs to begin play as early as April 10 depending on conditions in their local communities. Further details and scheduling announcements will be made in the coming months and the league will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the event that alterations to the format need to be made.
Forward Madison has not yet announced a venue for its 2021 season, but COO & Owner Conor Caloia affirmed that the club is committed to working closely with local officials to ensure a return to play that is responsible and safe.
“While current local health orders do not allow us to play at Breese Stevens Field, we are working regularly with Public Health Madison Dane County, the Mayor's office and the County Executive's office to try to get back to Breese in advance of the start of the season,” Caloia said. “We are determined and hopeful to play at Breese this season. If we continue to not be allowed to do so, we will announce a backup venue as we get closer to the season."