National Lacrosse League Returns To Play With Realigned Conferences, Six Matchups Face Off Weekend
New Two-Conference Alignment, Extended Playoff Format, Debut of Panther City Lacrosse Club Highlight 2021-22 Season
The NLL's 14 teams competing this year will be aligned into two Conferences:
The new alignment means a revised playoff format, with the top four teams in the East and top three in the West advancing to the playoffs. The eighth playoff slot will go to the team with the better record between the fifth place East and fourth place West teams, per NLL tiebreaker rules. The first round will be single elimination, while the second round and Finals will each be best-of-three series.
The first matchup for the 2021-22 season will take place on Friday, December 3, when Colorado visits San Diego. On Saturday, December 4, there will be five matches, with Calgary visiting Buffalo, Philadelphia visiting Georgia, Rochester visiting New York, Saskatchewan visiting Halifax and Albany taking on Toronto in its new home in Hamilton, Ontario. Two teams, Vancouver and expansion Panther City, will have byes the first weekend.
"It's very exciting to announce Face Off Weekend and returning to play," said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. "Face Off Weekend will mark a long-anticipated return to play for the NLL in a very big way with a new TSN Game of the Week partnership featuring 20+ games on linear television and the remaining match-ups streamed on TSN GO."
"Combined with our 14th team, our Panther City Lacrosse Club in Ft. Worth, Texas, a new conference alignment and expanded playoff format there will be more games, more access for fans, and more amazing NLL electricity and excitement,"
The entire NLL schedule and game times, as well as national broadcast showings, will be announced in the coming weeks.
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