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NEWS | UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE PROVIDES UPDATE ON 2020 SEASONS

By Indy Eleven Communications, 04/30/20, 4:00PM EDT

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USL Championship & League One Season Suspensions Extended

The United Soccer League provided additional updates today on how the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is affecting the 2020 USL Championship and League One seasons.

With approval of the Championship and League One Board of Governors, the USL has extended its temporary suspension of the 2020 Championship and League One seasons. The previous suspension ran through May 10, but with that timeline no longer tenable, the USL will await further guidance and clarity from local, state and national health authorities before announcing a new earliest return to play date.

Both leagues have also extended their respective team training moratoriums through May 15. However, USL is also exploring scenarios that would allow for players to return to training facilities to conduct individual or small group work prior to May 15. Any re-opening of club facilities will be done in accordance with local and state guidelines, and with all involved adhering to strict players social distancing protocols.

“Indy Eleven, our partner USL Championship clubs, and the United Soccer League continue to communicate and plan every single day for the resumption of training and the 2020 season, all while keeping the health and safety of our players, staff, and fans first and foremost. Plans for small group training sessions continue to progress, which certainly provides optimism for a responsible pathway forward as we aim to return to the field,” said Indy Eleven President & CEO Greg Stremlaw. “On behalf of the organization, I want to offer our sincere appreciation to all of our fans, partners, and soccer enthusiasts during these unprecedented times, as their extensive flexibility and cooperation is ensuring Indy Eleven continues to be supported in this great community.”

As things stand today, the USL is still in a position to reschedule all matches in both leagues affected by the COVID-19 crisis to date, and will continue to receive guidance from public health experts, as well as a national medical task force comprised of other professional sports leagues and organizations from around the country. While a complete season remains the preferred outcome of any return to play scenario, a variety of alternative competitive formats in both the Championship and League One are also being explored as the USL continues to prioritize the health and wellness of everyone involved.

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