The National Women’s Soccer League announced today that six players and four staff members with the Orlando Pride have tested positive for COVID-19. Following the NWSL positive test protocol, a second round of tests will be conducted to confirm the initial results. Due to the number of positive tests, and the timeline necessary before returning to training and competition, Orlando has withdrawn from the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup.
The health and safety of the players and staff is of utmost importance and the NWSL and the Orlando Pride are doing everything necessary to ensure the affected players and staff are receiving proper care.
“The health and safety of our players and staff is our number one priority and our thoughts are with those players and staff fighting this infection, as well as the entire club in Orlando that have been impacted as a result,” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. “We’re all obviously disappointed, but in the current environment, this is a situation that we have prepared for and we will now adjust our plans and schedules to reflect the circumstances.”
An updated tournament schedule will be distributed as soon as possible to reflect an eight-team tournament.
The NWSL continues to strongly encourage all players and staff to follow CDC guidelines and the NWSL protocols to remain healthy and safe. Robust testing has occurred with each club and no other confirmed positive test results have occurred.