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NWSL season delayed; training moratorium extended

SOCCER: JUL 24 NWSL - Houston Dash at Portland Thorns FC

PORTLAND, OR - JULY 24: Portland Thorns fans celebrating the Portland Thorns 5-0 rout over the Houston Dash at Providence Park on July 24, 2019, in Portland, OR (Photo by Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

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The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is delaying the start of the regular season because of the coronavirus.

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The league announced Friday that it is imposing a moratorium on training through April 5, following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of that, the season will not start as planned on April 18.

The NWSL has not announced when the season might start. The league had already canceled its preseason matches.

“We are considering all possible implications for the preseason and regular season schedules while prioritizing the health and safety of our players, staff and fans,” the league said in a statement.

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The nine-team league is embarking on its eighth season. Reign FC was scheduled to play the Washington Spirit at Audi Field in the season opener on CBS, the league’s new broadcast partner.


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