U.S. Soccer releases 'full team competition' return-to-play guidlines (for when it's safe)

In mid-July, the USA has averaged daily 60,000 new reported cases of COVID-19 for the last seven days -- three times as many as reported in the beginning of June. There have been more than 3.5 million total cases and nearly 140,000 deaths in the USA. New daily cases are rising in more than 40 states, some of which have ordered reopening rollbacks. That's why U.S. Soccer, while releasing Phase III of its four-phase return-to-play recommendations, emphasizes that each phase should be taken only if and when state and local COVID-19 regulations deem it safe.

“While we’ve now released our full return-to-play guidelines, it’s important that everyone first follow local and state regulations before taking any steps forward,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “Different areas of the country are at different phases, or even returning to previous phases, as the entire country continues to deal with coronavirus outbreaks. Clubs and teams should take a slow and methodical progression between phases to make sure that all participants will be as safe as possible.”

The Phase III guidelines released by U.S. Soccer July 15 allow for full team competition, while continuing strategies to prevent COVID spread, including medical clearances, check-in protocol, contact tracing, and social distancing and PPE in certain situations.

Phase I allows for training in small groups; Phase II allows for full-team training with restrictions; Phase IV is no restrictions.

“Regardless of which phase a club or team is operating in, everyone should be prepared to take a step back and revert to an earlier phase if needed,” said Chiampas. “This can be in response to increased risk, cluster outbreaks, updates to public health guidelines or an inability to safely maintain COVID-19 prevention and response protocols. It is important to remain vigilant and flexible as we prepare for every scenario. By prioritizing the safety of our soccer community, we can preserve the health of those around us and help ensure that our sport can remain a part of our lives at this time.”

Phase I Grassroots Soccer Recommendation Guide

Fase I Guía de Recomendaciones de Fútbol Base

Phase II Grassroots Soccer Recommendation Guide

Fase II Guía de Recomendaciones de Fútbol Base

Phase III Grassroots Soccer Recommendation Guide

Fase III Guía de Recomendaciones de Fútbol Base

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