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First and foremost, we will continue to abide by all guidelines and restrictions set forth by the government. These phases are designed to ease our way back into soccer, allowing children to resume some activities outdoors in a safe manner. We will determine which phase is appropriate based on guidance from governmental authorities.
Phase 1 (Current): “Internet-only” soccer, where players do individual sessions at home guided by their club.
Typically teams begin training in early April with a majority of their season taking place between May-July. A month-and-a-half into this Phase, players are yearning for a gradual return to soccer.
Phase 2: this phase allows for outdoor, 10-person trainings, with specific protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Phase 3: This phase allows for the resumption of full team trainings, with specific protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Phase 4: This phase allows for the resumption of League matches, with specific player and spectator protocols.
Phase 5: This phase allows for resumption of youth soccer as we knew it prior to COVID-19. This includes tournaments.
These Phases are fluid and will always follow government restrictions and guidelines as well as governing body guidance. The Phases are not linear as both the federal and state governments have indicated that varied levels of mitigation restrictions may be imposed to slow the transmission of the virus.
We welcome input from the medical authorities and are currently seeking their advice.
Objective: Allow children to safely resume training activities outdoors with their teammates.
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Phase 2 (Socially Distanced/Modified Training Environment)
All players and coaches should use MDH’s Self-Screening tool before every training session: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/is-it-covid/
Cooperation & Responsibility
Each stakeholder as outlined below has a responsibility to cooperate within the framework of this plan.
Phase 3 (Full Training Environment)
Phase 4 (Matches/Games Begin)
Matches would not resume until Phase 4 of this Return to Play plan. This phase builds on the previous three Phases and would allow matches between clubs to begin. The safety precautions indicated below will mitigate risks.
While we are hopeful that match play is able to resume momentarily, we acknowledge that match play may not be feasible in the immediate term. Therefore, the details below are “high-level” as safety guidelines are ever-changing and evolving.
That said, resumption of match play will fill a much needed social and physical need in the lives of players and families alike.
Safety Policies and Precautions
Any other applicable measures to promote a safe and healthy environment.
Equipment and sanitization protocols;
Scheduling of matches with in/out flow of traffic in mind;
Spectator social distancing protocols;
Phase 5 (Tournaments/Resumption of Normal Soccer Activities)
Similar to Phase 4 above, and as the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will provide specific guidance related to the ability to host tournaments, which are larger gatherings in nature.
Once we are able to reach this phase, Phase 4 & Phase 5 will likely be similar in nature. When we reach Phase 5, we will resume soccer activities as we did prior to COVID-19.
We will establish and communicate to our members a mitigation plan that addresses the primary components of the guidelines above, using agreed upon and aligned consistent language and protocols from the resources available through the established federal and state authorities.
We also understand that individual families within our organizations may have circumstances or views that compel them to refrain from participation and as leaders within our organizations, we understand this. No member should be penalized or otherwise pressured should they choose to not participate under these guidelines.
Sent on Behalf of Twin Cities Soccer Leagues (TCSL), Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and Member Clubs on May 11, 2020
Youth Soccer Return to Play: Safety Protocols
Dear Governor Walz:
As the Stay at Home Order has been extended to May 18, our two organizations, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and Twin Cities Soccer Leagues (TCSL) have collaborated on the following protocols, which are meant to provide a pathway for how youth soccer can resume in some shape or form this summer. Our organizations serve more than 60,000 youth soccer players and 100 clubs across the state. As you will be able to tell from the phased plan, the safety of all youth participants is and will always be at the forefront of our decisions.
Like other youth sports, soccer provides great physical and mental health benefits to the children of our state. Safely allowing Minnesota’s soccer players the ability to get back to play will be a great way to bring our families back to normal. The professional staffs of these two organizations have a detailed plan to bring our game back to outdoor activity while specifically addressing the needs of a safe environment.
We ask that you give consideration to where youth sports fall on the “dials” as set forth in your previous guidelines and plans. For your reference, we created a phased plan so you can see how we plan to return-to-play safely.
On behalf of over 60,000 youth players and 100 member organizations,
Matthew Madeira, Executive Director, MN Youth Soccer Association
Matt Tiano, CEO, Twin Cities Soccer Leagues