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Coronavirus Update and Prevention Tips

The following information is being updated as new information regarding COVID-19 becomes available.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, several member organizations of the US Soccer Federation (USSF) Youth Council mutually agreed to postpone all soccer activities of the respective organizations. This includes practices, training, matches, and tournaments. The Chief Medical Officer for US Soccer participated in the discussions. The Youth Council members included in the discussion were US Club Soccer, USYS, SAY Soccer, USSSA, and AYSO. This policy will remain in place until further notice. The five groups will continue to coordinate the response and recovery of operations as the COVID 19 issue progresses and determine an appropriate point in time to return to soccer activities.

For AYSO, the following guidance is provided:

  • Regions must postpone spring programs or continuation of 2019 primary programs rather than cancelling them if warranted by conditions such as field availability, availability of volunteers, etc. We are all dealing with an unprecedented event, but, we believe that it is important to bring a sense of normalcy back to the lives of our kids and their families by helping them getting back to playing soccer when it is deemed safe to do so.
  • If families need a refund due to economic circumstances, please contact your local region. 
  • The AYSO National Board of Directors (NBOD) and Section Directors endorsed this approach in a teleconference on March 16, 2020.

It is difficult to predict when life in many areas will begin to return to “normal”. The US Soccer discussion suggested that a postponement of all activities would exist at least through the Easter holiday. All parties agreed that action was necessary to assist in containing the COVID 19 outbreak and protect the health not only of our players, but our volunteers and supporters as well. The NBOD is committed to providing timely updates as more information and clarity becomes available.

If you have additional questions, please contact the AYSO Office by clicking here.

As the number of Coronavirus cases identified has been growing, we wanted to give you some best practices, tips and resources to keep you updated and well. Our main priority is the well-being of families, so as you are starting your seasons, please know that AYSO is keeping abreast of all updates related to the outbreak. To that point, we recommend that you stay in contact with our office as well as your local and state departments of Public Health with further questions. Our goal is to provide all members with timely and relevant information on Coronavirus.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For AYSO specific events, we also recommend that instead of end of game handshakes, you do fist bumps or elbow to elbow and please remind your players not to share their water bottles or snacks with each other.

We suggest that there be a protocol for determining whether to cancel or restrict local AYSO activities.  Where there is a clear government action taken, such as in New Rochelle, New York, immediate action is warranted.  In all other situations, Regions and Areas with concerns should consult their respective Area or Section Director, prior to taking unilateral action.  Such action may create a cascade of unintended consequences.

Additionally, here are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC and other organizations regarding the Coronavirus:

CDC – Coronavirus Overview

CDC – Travel Recommendations (China)

CDC – Frequently Asked Questions

CDC – Travelers Health

WHO – Advice for Coronavirus

U.S. Department of State – Country Specific Travel Information

USOPC – Coronavirus Update

California Dept. of Public Health – Gathering Guidance 

Find your local State and Territorial Health Department, here.

Below is a great resource to help understand the differences between Coronavirus, the flu and the common cold that you can share with your communities:

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.