The relaunch of the 2020 USL Championship season is now tentatively scheduled for July 11, though many details of how the season will resume still needs to be finalized.
Much of what’s to come is provisional, including the July 11 relaunch date. And while MLS and NWSL have chosen to resume play at tournaments held at neutral sites, USL Championship officials say they plan on resuming play at home stadiums, in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines. That might mean teams will open on the road if more restrictive rules are in place in their local municipalities, and it certainly mean some teams will be playing before some very small crowd in order to comply with local COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Other aspects of the 2020 USL Championship season that still needs to be determined include the season format, the season length (right now projected at 16 games), broadcasting plans and more.
Still to be worked out is an agreement with USL Players Association over player budgets for the year, as well as a safety protocol that includes testing and preventative measures.
We could see a decision tomorrow regarding the status of the 2020 USL League One season, as a phone conference is scheduled to discuss that circuit’s immediate future.
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