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Soccer League Defends Age Minimum Against Teen Phenom’s Lawsuit

May 13, 2021, 5:38 PM

The National Women’s Soccer League fired back in a federal court in Oregon at an antitrust challenge to its minimum playing age, saying the 15-year-old prodigy who brought the case overreached by seeking a fast-tracked ruling that could interfere with collective bargaining talks.

The age minimum of 18 “is the province of labor law, not antitrust law,” according to a filing docketed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon opposing Olivia Moultrie’s bid for a temporary restraining order directing the NWSL to let her sign a player contract.

The lawsuit “is, at its core, a request ...

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