The National Women’s Soccer League introduced the relocation of this 12 months’s championship closing to Louisville with a 12:00 pm ET begin time ‘at the request of the gamers’.
The match was initially set to be in Portland at 9:00 am PT, earlier than it obtained widespread criticism by the gamers and their supporters.
Several excessive profile athletes, together with Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger, Rachel Corsie and Jess Fishlock, have been the first to hit out at the league for scheduling a closing with an early-morning begin, highlighting the issues a participant faces with a 5am pre-match.
The league has since listened by altering the schedule to accommodate the gamers.
“At the request of the players, and in coordination with the Portland Thorns organization and the Racing Louisville organization, the NWSL has moved the 2021 NWSL Championship from Portland to Louisville. The NWSL Championship is a marquee event for the players, the league and women’s soccer in the United States and the league wants to ensure that the players are in a position to perform at their highest level.
The change in time zone will allow a later start that is more suitable for players and attending fans,” stated the league by way of a press release.
The match will now be performed at the Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, a soccer-specific stadium the place NWSL’s Racing Louisville FC commonly play.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2021 NWSL Championship game at Lynn Family Stadium,” stated Brad Estes, President of Racing Louisville FC. “Racing Louisville FC joined the league earlier this year and already we’ve felt the immense love and support from our incredible fans and community. Louisville is an outstanding market for women’s soccer, and we look forward to showcasing our beautiful stadium and city through this event.”
This is the first step for the NWSL and the NWSL Players Association as they work collectively to prioritize the gamers and their security.
“The NWSL and the NWSL Players Association have made progress over the past week on issues concerning player safety, transparency, and moving the League forward in a new direction,” the joint assertion learn.