METUCHEN, N.J. – The United Women’s Soccer national pro-am league Tuesday announced the cancelation of its regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the current circumstances, it is an unrealistic time frame for the league to provide a complete season, the league said in a press release. The safety and well-being of UWS players, staff, and supporters continue to be of the highest priority throughout of the league’s decision-making process.
“I would like to thank all of our clubs for what was truly a team effort,” commissioner Joseph Ferrara Jr. said in a statement. “The feedback, communication and willingness to adapt during a difficult time speaks volumes to what we have all created here with UWS. Furthermore, the economic impact to each club’s business model created by this pandemic is something that each of us at the league office took to heart. As such, we felt that a remedy for our member teams was of paramount importance.”
UWS will credit its member teams the vast majority of the 2020 fees to ensure the continuation of their support for women’s soccer, while maintaining the financial viability of the league. In lieu of this, all teams will receive approximately 80 percent credit towards next season’s fees.
“Historically, women’s sports teams have always been undervalued and inequality existed before COVID-19. That is all the more reason to do our part in helping clubs bounce back after the impact of the epidemic,” UWS executive director Stephanie Cleaves said in a statement. “Giving our member teams a chance to not only survive, but thrive has been our goal since day one. Crediting teams their league fees and exploring alternative options to keep our 2020 season alive are just a few ways UWS is responding to the obstacles we are all facing. We are excited to share some of these initiatives with the public soon.”
In the press release, UWS stated that it was looking “forward to returning even stronger in 2021 with a full season of high level competition.”