Happy Wednesday everyone, and it’s been a week since the entire sports world began to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Still, somehow yesterday there was a lot of news:
UEFA met yesterday and decided to postpone Euro 2020 to next summer because of the coronavirus outbreak and the need for domestic leagues to finish their seasons. They will likely reschedule Women’s Euros, which were set for next summer, and it’s unclear when domestic leagues and Champions League and Europa League will resume.
Because Euro 2020 and Copa América were postponed, FIFA is considering whether to move the newly revamped Club World Cup, which was set for next year. The soccer calendar could be shook for a long time.
Valencia announced that 35% of their players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, a staggering number. Spain has been rocked by the outbreak in the last week.
The president of Japan’s soccer federation tested positive for the coronavirus, and he reportedly contracted it before traveling to the United States for the SheBelieves Cup. U.S. Soccer is keeping track of all the USWNT players who shared stadiums with him, but so far all have been asymptomatic.
Blaise Matuidi, Juventus and France international midfielder, is the latest to test positive for COVID-19. He apparently is doing “well and asymptomatic.”
The Filibuster crew is providing that big content for us all even with no matches on the schedule. Take a listen!
U.S. Soccer has some making up to do with the soccer public and the USWNT after the wild comments they made in legal documents for the equal pay lawsuit, and new president Cindy Parlow Cone is hoping to right the ship.
The Washington Spirit’s owner provides an update on what the players are doing to stay safe and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
Since there isn’t a lot of live soccer on these days, it’s a good chance to check out some soccer documentaries!
That’s it for today. Hit the comments to discuss, but before you do...wash your hands! The Spirit Squadron has you covered for some songs you can sing while you get clean.