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Covid-19 Information for Team Training Sessions

The following precautions and policies are constantly amended based upon updated guidance from the CDC, Sport Governing bodies, ACA and state Health Departments. This information represents our policies as of 6/14/20.

Please find below some further information on how USG/United Soccer Academy (USA) will move forward with programming once permitted to do so. Note that some information may change over time as recommendations/guidance change or are updated.

If our coaches are hired to train players, teams or run classes/camps by an organization or soccer club: Our coaches will follow these session guidelines to ensure compliance with Government, CDC and Sport Governing bodies. We will update our coaches based on each club's specific additional safety, protocols if applicable. The Soccer Club/Organization will inform parents of protocols and what to expect.

On a program where we rent the facility and take the registrations through our website: We will inform parents of protocols and what to expect. To view our guidelines which relate specifically to registration classes and camps, click here

• If player has any symptoms of Covid-19 including cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature of 100.4, please stay home.
• If anyone in your household has a fever of 100.4 please do not attend the session.
• If anyone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19; quarantine for 14 days before attending sports.
• Everyone must be aware of social distancing guidelines set forth by Government, CDC, Sport Governing bodies and the Soccer Club/Organization.
• If you have to cough/sneeze, do so into your arm.
• No physical contact such as high fives, celebrations, etc…
• 6 feet will be kept between players, coaches and guardians at all times.
• All participants must bring their own equipment to use for each session. No sharing.
• Bring clearly marked medical bag if required (e.g Epipen, Inhaler etc…).
• Bring face mask and hand sanitizer to every session.
• Group sizes will be reduced to help ensure CDC guidelines are followed.
• As we progress to a full return to play the respective Soccer Club and USA program managers will continue to update everyone on changing protocols as they occur.
• If a player feels unwell and displays symptoms at any time before during or after a session please inform the Socer Club and your coach.
• If a player is diagnosed with COVID-19 inform the Soccer Club immediately as all participants in a session the player has participated in will need to be informed.
• No spitting on the field at any time be it water or saliva.
• Wash your hands prior to arrival.
• Come fully dressed and ready to play.
• No touching equipment such as goals, throw down markers or cones.
• Go to bathroom before attending. Bathrooms may not be available at the site.
• Optional face masks during the session. (see updated CDC guidelines).
• Optional but recommended face masks during sign-in. (see updated CDC guidelines).
• Follow all guidelines as directed by the coach.
• Be aware of social distancing guidelines set forth by Government, CDC, Sport Governing bodies and the Soccer Club/Organization.  
• If you feel unwell inform your coach immediately.
• No heading of the ball or goalkeeping until further notice.
• Training is not mandatory; if you don’t feel comfortable, do not bring your player. 
• Communicate with your children about all player guidelines relating to soccer.
• Prior to departing for the session check your player’s temperature and if it is 100.4 or more do not attend sessions. 
• Ensure your player has their own equipment – mask if desired, pre sanitized ball, water, and sanitizer.
• Parents must remain in cars during practices to maximize social distancing. 
• Avoid carpooling players from different households where possible.
• Please arrive no more 5 minutes prior to your start time.
• Once your child is signed out please leave immediately.
• If a player feels unwell and displays symptoms at any time before during or after a session please inform the Socer Club and your coach.
• All training equipment is setup prior to player’s arrival on the field. The coach is responsible for setting up and delivering the session in compliance with the CDC and state guidelines on social distancing.
• Follow expanded sign-in procedure.
• Before start of session explain guidelines to participants.
• Speak with each player regularly to monitoring their well being, ask about how they are feeling, do they have all required equipment (ball, water, hand sanitizer).
• Ensure hand sanitizer is applied during each water break.
• Maintain social distancing between all participants and coaches at all times.
• Only the coach is allowed to touch any training equipment such as cones, goals, etc. No pinnies will be used.
• All equipment is disinfected prior to and at the end of each session.
• Implement new curriculum promoting learning in an individual setting. Currently no sharing of soccer balls i.e. passing.
• Wear masks during the session when social distancing cannot be ensured. 
• Follow Soccer Club/Organization program protocol on sign-out and ensure no interactions or contact after sessions with team mates or next groups. 
• Any player displaying symptoms should be removed from practice and their guardian contacted immediately.

Soccer Team Training: How it will run in Phase 3.

• Staff to participant ratio will be 1:8
• All sessions have been redesigned so that players can learn individually
• Each player will have their own working area and will work in this area for the duration of the session.
• Coaches may adjust area layout to amend their content such as shooting on a goal.
• Social distancing will be in place at all times.
• There will be a 6ft gap between working areas.
• No scrimmages will be played
• Parents asked to remain in cars.
• No goalkeeping until further notice
• No sharing soccer balls
• No heading

Typical soccer session layout in Phase 3:


Typical session structure in Phase 3:


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