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NWSL summer tournament in Salt Lake City?

The NWSL is considering a tournament for one month this summer.

Lucas Muller | RSL Soapbox

According to Steven Goff of The Washington Post, the NWSL is considering a one-month tournament this summer in the Salt Lake City area, using the RSL Academy dorms, training center, and area hotels. All nine NWSL teams would be involved. We can expect that fans would not be allowed.

As of publication, there has been no mention from the NWSL or Utah Royals FC or any other club in the league about this report. There’s no specific timetable either for the potential tournament either.

On the podcast Southside Trap, Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames, however, did mention that a tournament could be an option, citing them only as rumors, but he has told his players to be ready for games to be played as early as July 1st.

Currently, the NWSL hopes to start the season by the end of June, whether that starts with a one-month tournament in a controlled environment like in the Salt Lake City area remains to be revealed. The NWSL recently extended its team training moratorium through, and including May 24, 2020. All NWSL players continue to use outdoor team training fields for voluntary household workouts.

The league continues to be involved in regular discussions with its medical task force on the progression through each phase of the Return to Play Phased Protocol. Clubs are still required to follow all federal, state and local mandates during COVID-19.