NEW YORK (AFP) – Major League Soccer (MLS) players can begin voluntary individual workouts on team outdoor training fields starting next Wednesday under coronavirus health protocols where government shutdown laws permit, the league announced on Friday.
The move marks the first small step toward resuming the 2020 MLS season, which was halted after only two weeks due to the deadly virus outbreak. A league-wide moratorium on small group and full team training sessions remains in place through May 15.
The MLS move comes after the NBA announced it would allow players to conduct solo workouts at team facilities starting next Friday.
Up to four MLS players may train on the field at once, with the area divided into four quadrants and players limited to their zone with no passing or shooting between zones allowed. Having players use team-operated fields allows clubs to control the environment, ensuring all involved adhere to social distance and safety protocols.
Workout protocols do not allow access to other team facilities such as gyms, locker rooms and training rooms, except as permitted for players recovering from surgery or injury.