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Return to play guidelines start to roll out

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: June 1, 2020

While uncertainty over the Coronavirus in a sporting context remains to an extent, state youth soccer associations have started to announce return to play guidelines for the coming days and weeks.

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The Aspen Institute's Project Play posted a webinar that detailed some of the challenges in place, including travel sports.

Below is a roundup of any state or local announcements as they are announced. Please send any news to editor@topdrawersoccer.com for posting.

--Washington state, site of one of the earliest breakouts of the coronavirus, has released its return to play guidelines.

--Arizona Soccer Association return to play guidelines were released last week. It includes a four-phase plan listed below.


--On Friday, the Missouri Youth Soccer Association posted return to play guidelines.

--Last week, U.S. Club Soccer announced a removal of its national suspension of activities, deferring back to local members.

--Oklahoma has outlined its return to play guidelines.

--On Monday, FC Dallas released a statement about its plans to ramp up training for its academy:

"Youth sports competition has been cleared to resume beginning June 15, 2020 with social distancing measures recommended. Having recently returned to limited small group activity during Phase One of the State’s reopening, FC Dallas is ready to progress to full team training for its youth teams with appropriate safeguards and protocols for the health and safety of all players, staff, coaches and parents."

--Soccer Quebec has released a comprehensive and thorough guide to safe return (in French only).

--Utah Youth Soccer Association moved to what they have labeled as yellow phase return to play guidelines. Their outline can be viewed here.

--Tennessee has released Stage 1 of its return to play protocols. 

--On May 20, the CDC also rolled out its own guidelines and Considerations for Youth Sports.

--Ohio Youth Soccer Association has released a page of resources about a safe return to play.

--With the state moving to Phase 2 in its return, Kansas Youth Soccer Association has a page of resources posted.

--Eastern New York will not release any return to play guidelines until it has been deemed safe by health authorities.

--In mid-May, Soccer Maine released its Phase 1 guidelines for a return to the field.

--Florida Youth Soccer Association's latest update came at the end of last week, as the state moves to re-open on a broad basis.

--All training and practice remains closed in West Virginia through May 31.

--Maryland State Youth Soccer Association put out its Return to Play guidelines in mid-May as well.

--The ECNL has announced its recommendations for a return to play for Boys and Girls teams.

--The U.S. Soccer Federation put out a Phase 1 document outlining a safe return to play.

Updated on June 1.

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