The competition is taking steps to safeguard its stakeholders with the pandemic becoming worse globally.
Major League Soccer has extended the suspension on team training for another seven days as part of the league’s efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The halt to training actions was implemented from March 13 to 15 before being extended until the 20th of the month with the Covid-19 outbreak becoming worse in North America.
But the governing body declared in a statement that the break-in staff practice could be extended for a week and encouraged the players to practice steps to help prevent the pandemic from becoming worse.
“Major League Soccer has expanded the group training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 27. In this time period, MLS players are expected to stay in each club’s respective market and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures,” an announcement from MLS said.
“At this moment, team training centers may only be obtained for physical therapy purposes in the direction of club medical staff to guarantee adherence to security protocols.
“MLS stays in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with this evolving situation and will provide additional updates as they become available.”
The league is now targeting a May 10 return date for contest following a decision from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel all mass parties of 50 or more individuals during the next eight weeks.
Together with the decision to postpone, the MLS season could extend all of the ways through December following the league pushed the MLS Cup ahead to November for the first time throughout the 2019 season.
From the National Women’s Soccer League, the cancellation of staff training was extended further until April 4 with the beginning of the season pushed back until April 18.
The contest admitted that it might alter pre-season and normal contest fixtures to ensure the health and safety of stakeholders.
“As we continue to adhere to the guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Women’s Soccer League has expanded its training moratorium through and including Sunday, April 5, 2020,” an NWSL announcement said.
“As a consequence, our regular-season start, scheduled for April 18, will be postponed. We’re thinking about all possible consequences for the preseason and regular season schedules while assigning the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff.”