mll2Major League Lacrosse has announced key dates for the 2014 season including a change to the league’s playoff format. New next season will be a change in the playoffs with Championship Weekend moving to a single final game.

“We have decided to change the format next year to reward the fans and the teams with the better record and allow them to host a playoff game in front of their home crowds,” said MLL Commissioner David Gross. “This will ensure that the top two teams in the league have a true home field advantage.”

The 2014 season will begin with the Collegiate Draft being held in Philadelphia on Friday, January 10, at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention. MLL coaches and general managers will descend on the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown to select the best college players to beef up their rosters.

The regular season will begin the weekend of April 26 and end the weekend of August 9. The semifinal rounds will be played the weekend of August 16 at the home of the two higher seeds, giving the two teams with the best season record a home-field advantage and rewarding their fans with a playoff game.

The Championship Game will be played August 23 at a location to be announced at a later date. In the coming weeks the MLL will also announce the site and format for the 2014 All-Star Game.