September 29, 2017
Halifax, NS- The Metro Senior Men’s Soccer League (MSMSL), Halifax Soccer League (HSL) and Soccer Nova Scotia are collaborating to accomplish a strategic priority within Soccer Nova Scotia’s new strategic direction. Under strategic theme Organizational Leadership, the leagues will work together to meet the strategic priority to “explore opportunities to improve all member leagues throughout Nova Scotia.”
The two leagues have created an agreement which will see the addition of senior B men’s soccer as a division of the MSMSL. Starting with the winter season of 2017-18, former HSL teams will compete in MSMSL competitions.
“Merging with the MSMSL allows for a relegation/promotion system which will increase the number of competitive teams within the divisions,” states HSL president Drew Turner. “Furthermore, supporting Soccer Nova Scotia in this endeavour encourages a feeder system which will ensure that new teams are elevated from the U17 division into a men’s league. It provides clarity to the member clubs/players and will allow for men’s B and C level soccer to grow.”
The HSL was established in 2004 as Halifax’s only second division senior men’s division, which has produced multiple provincial champions. In the summer of 2017, it was home to seven teams with over 200 players ranging from 15 to 40 years of age.
“We are very excited to have the addition of these HSL teams. This will allow us to offer greater competition to our upper division this winter, as well as allow the HSL teams to see a greater variety of competitors,” says MSMSL president Don Hailstone. “We are always looking to grow senior men’s soccer in the province, and the addition of these teams certainly helps that vision. In the summer of 2018, we expect to grow the B division in the MSMSL.”
With players ranging from 18 to 70 years and older, the MSMSL competitions encompass over 40 teams in four divisions in the summer competition window, including an over 45 division, and over 50 teams in four divisions in its winter competition. Currently hosting over 1000 games a year, the MSMSL, established in 1982, has seen steady growth since 2002 from just 16 teams to its present number of 43 teams. The league currently serves five of Soccer Nova Scotia’s districts.
“I commend both leagues for working together for the betterment of the game,” says Soccer Nova Scotia executive director Brad Lawlor. “Drew and Don will continue to work together to maintain the integrity of the B division and make the transition as smooth as possible.”
Details of the transition will be discussed with the leagues’ member clubs at their next respective meetings.