#NWSL: Training further delayed but June targeted for big kick-off

North Carolina Cougars must wait longer to strat NWSL trophy defence
North Carolina Courage beat Chicago Red Stars in the 2019 Championship final. (PA Images).

The USA’s National Women’s Soccer League has extended its training moratorium for all clubs to 5 May but aims to start the season by the end of June 2020.

League statement:

‘After further discussion with our NWSL medical task force, the league has announced today an extension to our team training moratorium through and including Tuesday, May 5, 2020. We will continue to work closely with our task force, governmental health authorities, and our ownership group as we target an end of June regular season start. As always, the safety of our players, staff, and fans is our top priority.’

The season was scheduled to start on 18 April but on 12 March the pre-season match schedule was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nine clubs are to take part in the 2020 competition; Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, OL Reign, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns, Sky Blue, Utah Royals and Washington Spirit.

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