Following the league’s Board of Governors meeting on Monday, USL League One announced 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, Forward Madison said in a press release, and more details and scheduling announcements will be made in the coming months. The league will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the event that alterations to the format need to be made.

“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,” Forward Madison FC COO and Owner Conor Caloia. “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.”

 Fans who would like to purchase 2021 Forward Madison season tickets are invited to fill out an interest form on the club’s website.