Another soccer league has been thrust into uncertainty due to the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
The Women’s Premier Soccer League, which is the world’s largest women’s league with 130 clubs, has delayed the start date of its 23rd season by nearly three weeks. The WPSL season was scheduled to begin May 9, but has now been pushed back to May 29. The second-division league has canceled its 2020 regional playoffs to make more room for the regular season.
“The WPSL’s goal remains to provide a platform for talented female players to train and compete at an elite level during the summer months,” WPSL president Sean Jones said in a statement. “I am sad that the WPSL Championship, our marquee event, won’t take place this season, yet extending the regular season allows us have our clubs offer a full match schedule to their players.”
The WPSL sits underneath the National Women’s Soccer League in the soccer pyramid, and features players from collegiate, post-collegiate, international and prep student-athlete levels.
The schedule change is only the latest in the world of soccer and sports in general. The NWSL, MLS and USL have all pushed back their seasons by several weeks as health authorities urge Americans not to congregate in groups.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed 214 Americans and more than 10,000 people around the world as of Friday evening.