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NWSL to allow individual training on team fields beginning Wednesday

The trainings will be on a voluntary basis and begin almost two weeks ahead of the expiration of the league-wide training moratorium, which ends on May 15.

The North Carolina Courage's Abby Erceg celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Chicago Red Stars 4-0 to win the 2019 NWSL Championship. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The NWSL will begin to allow clubs to use outdoor training facilities on Wednesday. This change will take place more than a week ahead of the expiration of the league-wide training moratorium, which ends on May 15.

All workouts will be voluntary and limited to one player, although one essential staff member will be allowed to oversee these training sessions to ensure players are following league protocol.

Players will still not be allowed access to indoor team facilities such as locker rooms, weight rooms and other training areas. Use of these spaces will be reserved for players recovering from injuries who require medical attention that can’t be received at home.

Teams and players will still need to follow local and state mandates during these training sessions. Each team will need to receive approval from their medical staff before beginning training, and players will undergo a daily symptom screening before using the fields. 

Any player fulfilling self-quarantine for any reason — such as recent travel or contact with a sick person — will not be allowed to use the team fields.

Teams will be expected to clean and disinfect all common spaces on a daily basis, and any member of the club who is sick will need to inform a medical staff member and stay home.

This is the first step in the league’s “Return to Play Phased Protocol” which will slowly return players to training. League commissioner Lisa Baird previously said the league had a goal to return to play by the end of June.

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