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World Embattled NWSL moves championship game from Portland to Louisville

04:51  14 october  2021
04:51  14 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

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The National Women's Soccer League on Wednesday announced a new venue and kickoff time on Wednesday for its November 20 championship game after complaints from players. The league and its players association said the final had been relocated from Portland , Oregon, to Louisville "Im tired of staying quiet. We deserve better." Players also objected to the high profile match being played on artificial turf. The stadium in Louisville , home of Racing Louisville , is a grass pitch. "At the request of the players, the NWSL has moved the NWSL Championship from Portland to Louisville ," the

NWSL agrees to relocate final from Portland to Louisville at players' request. Championship still scheduled for November 20. A change to Louisville means more favorable start time for players with a noon ET kick off at Lynn Family Stadium. It also means the final would be played in a soccer specific stadium that seats 15,000 with a grass surface, and training facilities near by. Home to new NWSL expansion franchise Racing Louisville FC, it will be the first time the stadium will host the NWSL championship .

The National Women's Soccer League on Wednesday announced a new venue and kickoff time on Wednesday for its November 20 championship game after complaints from players.

The NWSL, rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by a coach and other player complaints, has relocated its November championship game from Portland to Louisville, Kentucky, at the request of players © Katharine Lotze The NWSL, rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by a coach and other player complaints, has relocated its November championship game from Portland to Louisville, Kentucky, at the request of players

The league and its players association said the final had been relocated from Portland, Oregon, to Louisville Kentucky, where it will start at noon "at the request of players."

The game's initial location in Portland, with a kick off time of 9 am, had been met with widespread criticism when it was announced last month.

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The NWSL championship , set for Nov. 20, has been moved at the request of the players from Portland to Louisville and will be played at noon ET, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Three weeks remaining in NWSL regular season and two teams, Portland Thorns and OL Reign have secured berths in the playoffs, which start on Nov. 6 and include six teams for the first time in the league 's history. Four matches are on Wednesday's slate: North Carolina Courage face the Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars play the Orlando Pride, Kansas City take on Houston Dash and Portland

The NWSL championship , set for Nov. 20, has been moved at the request of the players from Portland to Louisville and will be played at noon ET, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Three weeks remaining in NWSL regular season and two teams, Portland Thorns and OL Reign have secured berths in the playoffs, which start on Nov. 6 and include six teams for the first time in the league 's history. Four matches are on Wednesday's slate: North Carolina Courage face the Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars play the Orlando Pride, Kansas City take on Houston Dash and Portland

"9am start is laughable," national team star and Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris said on Twitter. "Im tired of staying quiet. We deserve better."

Players also objected to the high profile match being played on artificial turf. The stadium in Louisville, home of Racing Louisville, is a grass pitch.

"At the request of the players, the NWSL has moved the NWSL Championship from Portland to Louisville," the league said in a statement.

"We realize the impact this has on the fans who have bought tickets and made travel arrangements. We hope that our fans will understand that this move is made with the support of the NWSL, the Players Association, the Portland Thorns, and Racing Louisville."

In making the announcement, the league and players association said they had "made progress over the past week on issues concerning player safety, transparency, and moving the League forward in a new direction."

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The NWSL championship , set for Nov. 20, has been moved at the request of the players from Portland to Louisville and will be played at noon ET, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Three weeks remaining in NWSL regular season and two teams, Portland Thorns and OL Reign have secured berths in the playoffs, which start on Nov. 6 and include six teams for the first time in the league ’s history. Four matches are on Wednesday’s slate: North Carolina Courage face the Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars play the Orlando Pride, Kansas City take on Houston Dash and

The National Women’s Soccer League will shift its championship game to Louisville , Kentucky, after players asked for it to be moved out of the Pacific time zone, The Athletic reported Wednesday. In Kentucky, the game would begin at noon locally at the soccer-specific Lynn Family Stadium, where Racing Louisville SC plays home games . Six teams will qualify for the NWSL playoffs, with the top two seeds earning a bye to the semifinals. The quarterfinal round is set for Nov.

The NWSL was rocked in recent weeks by allegations of sexual misconduct against North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley and the dismissal of Washington Spirit coach Richie Burke following an investigation into allegations of verbal and emotional abuse.

League commissioner Lisa Baird resigned amid criticism of the league's failure to respond to complaints about Riley, who was accused of sexually coercing players during his stint at the Portland Thorns from 2014-2015.

In their joint statement on Wednesday, the league and players' association said they continued to work on an array of issues facing the league.

"We are all dedicated to rebuilding a league that protects and promotes the best athletes in the world and that is focused on the players, their health, and their safety," the statement said.

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