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NWSL targeting late-June season start

Training moratorium extended through May 5

2020 NWSL Draft Photo by Jose Argueta/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The NWSL announced today it is extending the league’s team training moratorium through May 5. Additionally, the league is now looking to start the season at the end of June.

The announcement comes a couple days after MLS announced it was extending its ban on training until April 24. MLS had hoped to restart the season on May 10, but that’s now looking unlikely.

President Trump held a coronavirus conference call today with the heads of most pro sports leagues; however, NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird was not included. That call was deemed “off the record” by the White House, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Trump told commissioners he’s hoping to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August. That could leave room for games to restart prior to that with no fans in the stadiums, but, clearly, nothing will begin again until it’s clear the U.S. has a handle on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NWSL’s full statement is below: