CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League Friday announced that it was extending its training moratorium for all clubs through, and including April 5, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).

Translated: the season, which was scheduled to start on April 18, will be pushed back.

“As we continue to follow the guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Women’s Soccer League has extended its training moratorium through, and including, Sunday, April 5, 2020,” the league said in a statement.

“As a result, our regular season start, scheduled for April 18, will be delayed. We are considering all possible implications for the preseason and regular season schedules while prioritizing the health and safety of our players, staff and fans. We will continue to provide updates on our website www.nwslsoccer.com and through our channels.”

The NWSL said it remained in close contact with its clubs, local and state health agencies, and the NWSL medical task force, and will continue to follow guidance from the CDC on this continually evolving situation.