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NWSL extends training moratorium, delays start of 2020 season

The league announced it will delay the start of the 2020 season, but has not set a date for season opening matches yet.

CARY, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 27: Julie Ertz #8 of Chicago Red Stars walks on the field against the North Carolina Courage during the 2019 NWSL Championship game at WakeMed Soccer Park on October 27, 2019 in Cary, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) ** OUTS - ELSENT, FPG, CM - OUTS * NM, PH, VA if sourced by CT, LA or MoD **

The National Women’s Soccer League extended its training moratorium through April 5 due to concerns stemming from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, the start of the league’s 2020 season — which was previously slated to begin on April 18 — will be delayed. 

At this time, the league has not set a new date for when the 2020 season will kick off. Guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control on March 15 suggested that all gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks be postponed or canceled. As the NWSL continues to follow CDC guidelines, this would mean that the earliest possible start date for the season would be May 11.

The league had previously suspended all training for a week after canceling all preseason matches in the wake of rising concerns due to coronavirus. Other leagues throughout the U.S. — including Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League — have also extended their training moratoriums and match suspensions by at least one week.

“We are considering all possible implications for the pre-season and regular season schedules while prioritizing the health and safety of our players, staff and fans,” the league said in a statement on Friday. “We will continue to provide updates on our website www.nwslsoccer.com and through our channels.”

 

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