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How the NWSL plans to become the first U.S. team sport to return to action

Summer tournaments provided women's soccer with its most indelible images, from Brandi Chastain in the Rose Bowl in 1999 to Megan Rapinoe in Lyon two decades later. Now the National Women's Soccer League hopes a tournament without an array of international anthems can capture the imagination of fans eager for live sports amid a pandemic.

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The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) will return on June 27 with a 25-game tournament near Salt Lake City, the league announced on Wednesday.

The start of the NWSL's eighth season has been on hold since the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down professional sports in the United States in March. As it stands, the NWSL would be the first U.S. league in a team sport to resume play since that shutdown.

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NWSL allowing training in small groups as 'next steps' toward return

Julie Foudy explains why some USWNT players are hesitant to participate in a proposed NWSL summer tournament.

The National Women's Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities.

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Teams will be able to progress to full team training on May 30 once they complete five days of small group training.

"Following the...