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NWSL, CPL delay start of 2020 seasons due to Covid-19

The National Women’s Soccer League and Canadian Premier League have become the latest North American professional soccer leagues to suspend their seasons due to the global Covid-19 outbreak.

The NWSL season was due to begin on April 18. But this has been delayed indefinitely to comply with the latest coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to eliminate gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

The NWSL recently hired Lisa Baird as its new commissioner and signed broadcast deals with CBS and Twitch.

Meanwhile, the CPL’s second campaign was due to begin on April 11 but it has also been postponed for the foreseeable future.

Major League Soccer, the United Soccer League, and the National Independent Soccer Association have suspended their seasons through at least May 10 because of the ongoing health crisis. MLS could stage the MLS Cup final in mid-December – possibly in a neutral, warm-weather city – in an attempt to salvage the remainder of the 2020 campaign.

Further reading: Atlético Madrid looks to CPL team to expand the club’s brand in North America