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Return to Play Resources

Guidelines for Organizations Preparing to Resume Play

The following should be applied regardless of the Return to Play phase:

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/pennies 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 should be limited and must maintain minimum social distancing, as defined by the CDC.

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.

For questions please contact Mass Soccer


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During the next few weeks, U.S. Soccer will share a host of resources in line with federal, state and national sporting organization guidelines under a new initiative called U.S. Soccer PLAY ON. These guidelines and best practices are intended for use WHEN AND IF your local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the practice field. U.S. Soccer is in no way endorsing holding practices or games in violation of any federal, state or local mandates.