So, you heard about our reporting regarding the National Women’s Soccer League considering a fall-to-spring schedule in the future and you’re wondering: How could that work and have they lost their minds?
I can’t answer the latter for sure, but the former is a topic clearly worth analyzing.
For the full report from earlier this February, click here. The idea of a drastic schedule change might catch your attention, but what you need to know is this: regardless of what happens with the NWSL’s start and end dates, the league has a calendar crisis looming as FIFA pushes more programming centered around international play and the European season.
Is this fall-to-spring idea legit?
The idea is absolutely being taken seriously, according to several sources involved in and with knowledge of NWSL decision-making processes. Whereas in the past, the idea of playing through the US winter might have been a nonstarter, it is among the various solutions the NWSL will explore further in the coming months.
That is not me being cheeky; it’s a realistic report on where things stand. Just to be clear and avoid any misattribution, this is not an imminent change coming, it is not in any final stages of approval, and it will require much more discussion and planning to happen. Right now, it’s an idea on the table. And it’s an idea being taken seriously.
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