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Major Link Soccer: Should seasons restart?

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Sports across the world want to come back, but should they?

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Some great stories about athletes and refs doing great things during the time of COVID-19. Plenty of stories on when, if, sports should return. And some history on MLS and more.

MLS

From “stampede shots” to larger goals and kick-ins, bold changes were trialed in U.S. league play during the ‘90s, with the approval of FIFA. How U.S. soccer experimented with 10 changes to the game before launching MLS – The Athletic ($)

The league’s centralised structure should help during the pandemic but it is also vulnerable in a way that European competitions are not For MLS, anything less than astronomical losses could be a victory | Football | The Guardian

NWSL

From competing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup to signing with the Pride and graduating from UCF, the soccer standout is having one memorable year. Orlando Pride’s Konya Plummer Completes Goal of College Degree

Baird covered a wide range of topics with us on Instagram Live, and put out a call for fans to share their feedback. Takeaways from our live Q&A with NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird – The Athletic

USA

Around the world, athletic facilities have been converted to serve the needs of pandemic. But their concrete facades, raised hoops and green grass remind us of the promise of what’s waiting just on the other side of this pandemic. From Fields to Field Hospitals

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert, said widespread testing with speedy results would be needed if sports leagues are to safely restart their seasons. Some Sports May Have to Skip This Year, Fauci Says - The New York Times

When referee Katja Koroleva is not officiating some of the region’s most important women’s national team tournaments, she works as a Physician Assistant in the ER at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. Concacaf referee Ekaterina Koroleva on the frontlines against COVID-19

Organizations like Soccer Without Borders, New American Pathways and reVision Houston have discovered that soccer is a common language for young refugees still finding their place in the United States. How refugees use soccer to find belonging and opportunity in America - SBNation.com

World

The national lead for football policing says playing remaining Premier League and EFL fixtures at original venues would “present challenges”. Matches at original venues 'present challenges' to emergency services - BBC Sport

Cesc Fabregas proudly announced on Wednesday that his great-grandmother has beaten coronavirus. Monaco midfielder Fabregas' 95-year-old great-grandmother beats coronavirus

El jugador de fútbol y una universidad privada entregaron becas a estudiantes trabajadores. | The soccer player and a private university awarded scholarships to working students. Joel Campbell Supports Seven People's Educational Dream

Issuing a statement in the face of governing body FIFA is a strong statement that should not be overlooked as we weigh whether soccer can return. UEFA medical chief: Season restart 'definitely possible'

Juventus and Argentina star Paul Dybala has tested positive for COVID-19 four times in the last six weeks, according to a report. Report: Paulo Dybala tests positive four times for COVID-19

Manchester United have been granted permission to trial around 1,500 barrier seats at Old Trafford. Manchester United to install barrier seating at Old Trafford | Football News | Sky Sports