In light of the devastating report that came out Thursday about former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley — the latest in a series of reckonings within the NWSL over the past three months — the league announced today that all games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed. The decision was made in collaboration between the players and the league.
“This week, and much of this season, has been incredibly traumatic for our players and staff, and I take full responsibility for the role I have played,” said NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird in a league press release. “I am so sorry for the pain so many are feeling. Recognizing that trauma, we have decided not to take the field this weekend to give everyone some space to reflect. Business as usual isn’t our concern right now. Our entire league has a great deal of healing to do, and our players deserve so much better. We have made this decision in collaboration with our players association and this pause will be the first step as we collectively work to transform the culture of this league, something that is long overdue.”
OL Reign was scheduled to visit the Portland Thorns on Saturday evening. Details of the rescheduled date are not yet available.
The NWSL Players Association put out their own statement shortly after the league announced the postponements.
October 1, 2021