US Youth Soccer Return to Activity Notice
Version 1.1, 5/19/20
The purpose of this document is to provide athletes, parents, coaches, and soccer organizations with information they can use to assist them with developing their return-to-activity programming in the context of COVID-19. Given each organization's vastly different resources, this document cannot be prescriptive; rather, it should spark thoughtful deliberation among those who intend to use this information to create their own unique return-to-activity
programming plan specific to their situation. Many of the recommendations rely upon rules and regulations set forth by public health authorities, which will be different across the country. In addition, we all must recognize that there will be other logistical and implementation challenges for activity organizers, participants, and their families given COVID-19.
The information in this document is NOT intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, US Youth Soccer makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in your area if you have specific questions. These guidelines address only early phases of return-to-play and additional guidelines may, or may not, follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
Most if not all states will have a phased approach to reopening businesses and easing of social distancing requirements. This may vary from state to state and town to town. Youth sports may not be a high priority for state officials, or even addressed, which poses significant challenges for those planning a return to youth soccer activities. USYS State Associations and related soccer
organizations need to be aware and adhere to all Federal, State and Local guidelines and requirements.
Finally, although the young and healthy may be subject to less severe cases of COVID-19, every case of this disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors that may occur within our communities. Health consequences may be long-standing and only apparent weeks after initial infection and recovery. Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of eliminating the risk of infection. This should always be at the forefront when designing and considering return-to-activity programming. USYS State Associations and soccer organizations should be in contact with their respective insurance carriers to determine that all coverages are appropriate for the organization and its needs. The risks of participation should be clearly communicated to parents and participants in your respective programs.