California officials announced on Monday that youth competition and tournaments are not permitted.
“The guidance for youth sports establishes a consistent set of rules that apply to all youth sports programs — including school-based, club, and recreational programs. Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not permitted at this time.”
This is a continuation of the shutdown of youth sports which has been ongoing in California since March. California soccer clubs have been training - while respecting social distancing during this time.
The announcement on Monday is a follow up on the guidelines put in place by the California Department of Public Health in July.
“Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating are not permitted at this time.”
This latest update will put the start of seasons and tournaments in jeopardy for September as the state struggles to get a handle on the virus outbreak and errors on the side of caution before permitting team outdoor activity - whenever that may be.
Surf Cup, one of the biggest tournaments in youth soccer, recently rescheduled for mid-September for the younger age group and late September for the older age group.
While club teams have done some training during the shutdown, the lack of competition in the near future will definitely put a halt on plans for the season.
“I know all the soccer community is frustrated and worried about what will happen moving forward with youth soccer in the coming months,” Steve Hoffman, Cal South Technical Director, told SoccerToday. “The announcement from the CDPH makes it more challenging for all of the soccer community with no competition or games at this time.”
SoccerToday also reported that registration remains high for youth soccer in the state despite the uncertain start date.