The National Women’s Soccer League announced Friday the implementation of a new policy allowing teams to sign emergency replacement players in the event that a team cannot field a sufficient roster due to Covid protocols.

This policy will be in effect for the next 60 days and then be re-evaluated by the NWSL and the NWSLPA.

Current protocol allows a team to compete with as few as 14 players who are both eligible and capable of playing in a match. Under the new rule, teams may sign Covid replacement players to bolster rosters to the non-Covid minimum of 18 players.

In signing Covid replacement players, teams will follow the same policies as they do with national team replacement players.

For more information on the 2022 NWSL Medical Protocols, visit our website here.

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