Since its inception in 2009 the Majors Cup was instituted for two purposes. It is a tournament to showcase how a full MLS roster would compete against BSL clubs using the league's scoring system and the other foremost reason is to give all BSL clubs "hope" even when a playoff race is lost in the midst of a challenging year. For six year's the 2nd half of the BSL season served as a fresh start for the clubs at the bottom of the table. However, the current format was still flawed adding too much value to the last 11 weeks and still putting club owners in a position for early elimination from the qualifiers (sometimes as early as week 15). The league announced today its new Majors Cup Qualifiers format. BSL clubs will be ranked 1-12 from the previous season's final standings into two groups of 6 clubs each. Each BSL club will play a total of 5 head to head matches (1 match against each group opponent) with the top 2 clubs in each group winning qualification for the postseason tournament. The matches will be scheduled in weeks 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 of the BSL season allowing time for roster adjustments/trades for struggling clubs to find a fix and salvage their season. Because these matches will be sharing dates with the regular season matches, the 5 MCQ matches ONLY will use a different scoring system. Players in all positions will have their "SOG's" (shots on goal) count in the boxscore (not their goal/assists). Goal Keepers will remain the same.
To view details on group rankings and the rankings schedule set-up view near the bottom of the updated "Rules" tab.