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Episode Info: At long last, it’s time to try to get back to the field. What we’re returning to looks very different from what it used to be like before COVID-19, but it’s a start. In this episode, let’s talk about who’s returning to play, how we’re returning to play, and take in a good example of return to play guidelines.  Is it Time to Return to Play? In the World: German Bundesliga says that it returned to play May 15th English Premiere League announced that it will return to play June 17th The Italians Serie A announced that it will return to play on June 20th. The French have announced that they will not be returning to play in the near term In the US: NWSL announced on May 27th that it will be returning to play with a 25 game tournament that starts on June 27th.  USL Championship Board of Governors voted to return to play – target July 11th The MLS is targeting early July to return to play while they work through a number of obstacles I talk about in the show.  It looks like the time is now to start stepping carefully back onto the field – with restrictions I talk about in the show that are described in the document in the resources section of the show notes below.  Please: support the show and join our community as a Patron through my Patreon page Resources Cadeaux, Ethan, and NBC Sports Washington. “NWSL Announces Return to Play with 25-Team Tournament.” NBC Sports Washington, 27 May 2020, Butler, Alex. “Soccer Return: Messi, Barcelona to Play June 13; Ronaldo, Juventus on June 22.” UPI, UPI, 3 June 2020, Gardner, Hayes. “USL Championship’s Vote Is Promising First Step in Return to Play.” Journal, Louisville Courier Journal, 4 June 2020, Baxter, Kevin. “MLS Players Union Ratifies Agreement Clearing Way for Return in Early July.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2020, “Arizona Soccer Association Return-to-Play Guidelines.” Arizona, ...
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