Return to Play Guidelines

Updated August 6

We know everyone wants to return to the soccer fields with teammates, coaches, families, and friends. We are following a combination of guidelines from US Youth Soccer, US Soccer, and Alabama Public Health for a safer timeline to our soccer activities.

Governor Ivey’s Extended Safer at Home guidelines will be followed along with local governances as we return to the soccer fields.

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According to the Safer at Home orders, teams will be allowed to train and play in games

  • Masks are REQUIRED for anyone not directly involved in soccer activity/play-including coaches, spectators, players on the bench, injured players, etc.
  • Teams will be allowed to play in games
    • Communicable Disease waivers must be signed by all participants in all ASA sanctioned activity including tournaments and friendlies
    • Social Distancing between different households is REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES along the sidelines for games
  • Travel Permits will be granted if the location you are  traveling to allows sports activities by their governance and USYS state association

Common Reminders for Return to Play

  • Waiver is REQUIRED and must be signed by all participants in all ASA sanctioned program or event effective immediately-including tournaments and friendlies.  All youth players must have a parent/guardian signature. REQUIRED WAIVER
  • No one is allowed to participate in training sessions or games if they show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have known exposure to someone that has been ill in the last 14 days
  • If anyone shows signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19, they must leave the sporting activity immediately and go seek medical care and/or testing for COVID-19.  
  • If your test is positive, follow the guidelines from the CDC and your physician must clear you to return to the soccer field.
  • Masks are required for anyone that is not directly involved with athletic activity – coaches, injured players, etc.
  • Anyone not directly involved in the training session will not be allowed in the complex (near training/practice fields) 
    • We are limiting who is near the training/practice fields
    • Social distancing between different households is required in parking lots
  • Required Sanitizer stations throughout the complex and restrooms
  • Players should bring their own ball and sanitize before/after training
  • No handshakes, high fives, or physical contact 
  • No shared water, drinks, or snacks – each player properly labels drinks and return to backpack
  • Please review US Youth Introduction of Principles and Responsibilities for clubs, coaches, parents, and players.  US Soccer also has a return to play guideline under US Soccer PLAY ON.  Your club may have additional responsibilities and requirements for all participants.

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Game Day Expectations

At least 48 hours prior to scheduled game time, HOME team is responsible for contacting visiting team to confirm game day details including any additional COVID entrance, parking, or facility guidelines based on local ordinances. Please review the RECOMMENDED Game Day Field Layout and Game Day Guidelines below: 

Additional Return to Play Resources

From our K&K Insurance Group here are their top questions

Return to Play

At a bare minimum, the state association and its member organizations, need to adhere to their state/local guidelines on resumption of sporting activities.  Follow their guidelines & directives closely and you will be operating in a reasonable and prudent manner from a risk management standpoint.  The state association can decide to be more restrictive than their state/local mandates as respects to return to play, just not any less restrictive.  Documentation will be very important.  By documenting positive actions taken by the association/club, you will be able to demonstrate that reasonable and prudent steps were undertaken and completed to keep players, staff, and spectators as safe from infection as possible.

 

Protective Face Coverings

Players should be allowed to wear a cloth, surgical, or similar face covering while playing soccer but do not mandate players wear one (leave it to the parent’s discretion) unless your state mandates face coverings need to be worn while playing athletic activities.

 

REQUIRED WAIVER: ASA Hold Harmless – Communicable