The National Women's Soccer League continues to play on Saturday

The National Women’s Soccer League continues to play on Saturday

However, instead of a regular season schedule, the season is reduced to a 30-day tournament called the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, which is set to begin on Saturday, June 27.

The NWSL Challenge Cup was announced in May to return to the game for all nine league clubs. The 25-game tournament will be played in Herriman, Utahm without fans. It ends on July 26.

Some of the biggest stars of the sport, such as Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, chose not to participate in the tournament. The OL Basel and Sky Blue FC confirmed their respective absences in statements shared by the teams.

Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Football League announced on Monday that the team will retire from the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup due to positive Covid-19 tests.

In a separate statement, the NWSL revealed that six players and four staff members from Pride tested positive for coronavirus.

“This was obviously a difficult and frustrating outcome for our players, our staff and our fans, but it is a decision that has been made to protect the health of all participants in the Challenge Cup,” said Orlando Pride EVP Amanda. Duffy. .

“While we are all excited to see 2020 Pride on the pitch this weekend, our priority now is to ensure that our players and staff will recover safely and provide any support wherever possible.”

Players and staff members will be isolated for at least 14 days. Those who are in close contact with positive members of the group have been informed and monitored for symptoms.

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