BC Soccer News, Monday, March 16, 2020

Whitecaps COVID-19 Information and UpdatesWhitecaps FC
Major League Soccer announced on Sunday that the league has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20. MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update City of Surrey recreational facilities closed effective Monday City of Surrey
City of Surrey Recreation Centres, Ice Arenas, Culture Facilities, Surrey Nature Centre, Community Rooms and Pools and Libraries will be closed effective tomorrow (Monday, March 16) until further notice.

City of Delta closing city-run recreation facilities, libraries due to COVID-19News 1130
Delta has joined Surrey in shuttering all city-run recreation facilities and libraries due to concern over the novel coronavirus.

Williams Lake youth soccer watchful of COVID-19 situation as spring season nearsWilliams Lake Tribune
Following the BC Soccer Association’s announcement Friday it would suspend all sanctioned soccer activity until further notice, the WLYSA said it will take its direction from them.

CDC issues guidance on mass gatherings that could shut down MLS, NWSL and USL for 2 monthsPro Soccer USA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new guideline Sunday suggesting mass gatherings of more than 50 people be restricted for an eight-week period, which would likely extend the suspension of all sports leagues.

Gremio players wear masks in on-field protest before Sao Luiz gameBBC Sport
Players from Brazilian club Gremio took to the field wearing masks on Sunday in protest at having to play a football match as fears over coronavirus grow in the South American nation.

Seattle Sounders confirm worker tests positive for COVID-19Sportsnet
The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

Swiss FA chief Blanc tests positive, days after attending UEFA meetingbeIN Sports
Dominique Blanc, the president of the Swiss FA (SFV) has tested positive for coronavirus less than a fortnight after attending a UEFA meeting of European football leaders.

Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League could be decided by mini-tournamentBBC Sport
European football’s governing body, Uefa, is hosting a video conference with major stakeholders on Tuesday.

A-League to continue behind closed doors, condensed seasonNBC Sports
Football Federation Australia chairman James Johnson confirmed that the A-League season and W-League final will be played behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wuhan soccer team leaving Spain to escape virusLethbridge News Now
The Chinese soccer team that was originally stuck in Spain because of the coronavirus outbreak is going back home to try to avoid its rapid spread in Europe.

Army disinfects train stations as Spain’s coronavirus death toll doublesEdmonton Sun
Among the high-profile figures to test positive are the prime minister’s wife, two cabinet ministers and five players of top-flight soccer club Valencia.

VIDEO: Fiorentina’s Vlahovic Opens Up About Coronavirus DiagnosisbeIN Sports
Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic spoke candidly about his experiences contracting COVID-19 as the virus continues to disrupt sport around the world.

Pacific FC newcomer Alejandro Díaz braces for his moment in the CPLCanPL
Alejandro Díaz is ready for most things. Such is the by-product of an early career spent with Club América, one of the biggest pro clubs in Mexico who draws an average of over 40,000 supporters per match. One gets used to the roar of the crowd, the opponent’s jeers, the pressure to perform.

Liga MX roundup: Jesus Corona hands Cruz Azul untraditional win with last-second penalty saveNBC Sports
Liga MX’s last set of games for the foreseeable future took place on Sunday, with Atlas, Santos and Cruz Azul taking home three points. There’s no timeline on Mexico’s top-flight’s suspension due to the coronavirus, but its last impression was one worth witnessing. Here’s a closer look into some of Sunday’s closed-door action.

Liverpool left to wait and wonder after virus strikesYahoo Sports
Liverpool could have been crowned Premier League champions on Monday for the first time in a generation at the home of local rivals Everton. Instead, the stadium will be silent.

TTFA in crisis as debt hits $50m, accounts frozen and new House of Football remains closedInside World Football
Coronavirus is proving to be the scourge of world football but in Trinidad and Tobago the financial failure of the organisation and its new leaders to work their way out of or deal with a series of court cases is proving far more dangerous to the sport on the island.

Leafs, Raps, TFC, Jays, Argos band together to create fund for staffCP24
Toronto’s sports teams have banded together to create a special assistance fund to support arena and stadium staff affected by season suspensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO Must-see: ‘Caps defeat Colorado in Connect 4 Whitecaps FC
Our MLS match on Saturday might have been suspended, but that didn’t stop us…

Report and Reaction: Whitecaps’ exciting four play leads to tremendous Rapids climaxAFTN
The Whitecaps went with their new blue kits for this match following the success the week before in LA and they came out all guns blazing from the first whistle, firing a shot right down the middle of the grid and forcing the Rapids to be on the back foot from the start.

Deprived of football, players try to fill the ‘big void’Yahoo Sports
Many are writing about the unfamiliar experience on social media. Some have already come to the conclusion that “there is nothing to do”.

Sitting Round At Home: Some football films to pass the time (part one)AFTN
There may be no games to grab your attention, but there certainly is a wealth of football related films, television shows, and documentaries to fill that void, especially if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself quarantined with the virus or are just wanting to self isolate.

Record numbers turn to Football Manager: The game that gave us Tonton Zola Moukoko and Cherno SambaBBC Sport
At one moment on Sunday, the football management simulation was being played online by almost 90,000 users around the world, its record number of streams according to director Miles Jacobson.

Women’s football in Tonga begins a new eraFIFA
Alongside rugby, football is one of its most popular sports, and the aim is to grow the game there in the near future. Indeed, this very Friday on the Vava’u archipelago, the Tongan Football Association (TFA) inaugurated a new technical centre, which is the centrepiece of the country’s plan to grow and develop the game outside of the capital of Nuku’alofa.

Coronavirus: ‘In this current dark reality, sport doesn’t matter but it does’BBC Sport
It’s only when something disappears that you realise quite how much you miss it. It’s only when something close to you goes that you understand how much has changed.

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