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Returning to Play

08/18/2020, 12:15am EDT
By Mass Soccer

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Guidelines for Organizations Preparing to Resume Play

1. If you are sick or feel sick, STAY HOME

2. Users waiting to utilize a section or area of the field should wait outside the field of play until previous users have vacated the area to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.

3. Upon arrival at the field, if capability exists, take the temperature of participants, including coaches.  Anyone with a temperature of 100 or more should be sent home and not allowed to participate for a minimum of 14 days.

4. Players’ equipment should be kept in designated areas with at least 6 feet separation.  Players should not congregate and should return to their designated area during breaks.

5. Players should sanitize hands before and after play, avoid sharing equipment, and clean and wipe down equipment. All balls should be disinfected after every practice.

6. Practice vest/pinnies must be washed after each use. 

7. Players may not share water bottles.  No centralized hydration or refreshment stations are permitted.

8. Hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes should be available during the entire session. 

9. Spectators are currently not allowed at games sanctioned by Mass Adult Soccer. 

10. All participants should adhere to a strict “carry in, carry out” policy and take waste with them.

11. Respect for each individual’s choices must be the top priority.  If a participant wishes to wear a face mask this should be allowed, with accommodations made if needed.

12. Pre- and post-game rituals, such as an international walk-on or handshake line, should be eliminated.  Sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner.

Please see below for Requirements specific to the current Return to Play phase which may supersede some or all of these guidelines.

Additional Requirements (amended 09/01/2020):

  1. Spectators are currently not allowed at games sanctioned by Mass Adult Soccer. 
  2. Please allow 30 minutes between games to allow the departing teams to gather equipment and personal belongings before the next team arrives in the bench area.
  3. Locker rooms may be open but limited to 50% of the normal capacity.  Use of indoor shower facilities is prohibited.
  4. Bench personnel and reserve players should maintain adequate social distancing and wear facial coverings while not in the game.  Players should wear facial coverings during the game when not engaged in intense aerobic activity.
  5. Use of the Mass Soccer online roster system is required.  Managers must keep paper copies of each game roster on file to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.
  6. Tournament play (multiple games in single day) is not permitted.
  7. Players should have facial coverings with them at all times, and where possible play with the facial coverings on.
  8. Referees may request restarts be conducted in a manner that minimizes sustained face-to-face contact between players, including but not limited to the following:
    1. request the taker of a throw-in to step back 6 feet from the touchline
    2. encourage quickly taken free kicks; remove or reposition players during the taking of a ceremonial free kick
    3. reposition opposing players when restarting play by drop ball
    4. request adequate spacing between players at the taking of a penalty kick

Referees may not alter the Laws of the Game.

  1. Additional game balls should be made available to the match officials.  Referees may request the ball in play be changed frequently at stoppages to allow for cleaning of the ball.

The above guidelines are minimum standards for games affiliated with Mass Soccer. Please consult the website for additional guidance documents specific to Adult Amateur Sports. As always, everyone should make their own decisions on what is an acceptable risk before stepping onto the pitch.


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