UWS cancels full regular season in 2020; Credits teams vast majority of yearly fee
METUCHEN, NJ – The United Women’s Soccer (UWS) national pro-am league has announced the cancellation of a full regular season in 2020 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 safety and well-being of UWS players, staff, and supporters continue to be of the highest priority throughout their decision making process.
“I would like to thank all of our clubs for what was truly a team effort,” said League Commissioner Joseph Ferrara Jr. “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.”
United Women’s Soccer is bucking the trend by crediting their member teams the vast majority of the 2020 fees to ensure the continuation of their unwavering support for women’s soccer, while maintaining the financial viability of the league. In lieu of this, all teams will receive approximately 80% 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,” stated UWS Executive Director Stephanie Cleaves. “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.”
United Women’s Soccer prides itself in providing financial transparency to their member teams, and prioritizing the long-term sustainability of teams. Since the inception of the league, UWS has strived to support all of its member teams in their shared commitment to advance women soccer.
United Women’s Soccer looks forward to returning even stronger in 2021 with a full season of high level competition.