Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our soccer community. We understand that our member organizations want to get back on the field, but this must be done with strict focus on the safety of the players, coaches, referees and families and follow state and local guidelines for resumption of activities. The purpose of this document is to provide IYSA member soccer organizations and their athletes, parents, and coaches with information that they can use to assist them with developing their return-to-activity programming specific to their situation in context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois is currently in Restore Illinois Phase 2 in which coaching occurs virtually and all soccer activities remain suspended until a region is designated as Restore Illinois Phase 3. When a regon is designated Phase 3 by the state of Illinois, gatherings of ten (10) or fewer people are allowed as long as capacity and safety precautions are maintained. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.
Once Phase 3 is approved in Illinois by Governor Pritzker and the Public Health authorities, it may be possible to hold an in-person training that meets social distancing guidelines. However, social distancing should NOT be taken lightly, and all aspects of the training environment must be assessed and modified to identify and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
This Protocol is based on US Soccer and US Youth Soccer guidelines for soccer organizations, clubs and teams that have reached the Restore Illinois Phase 3 Recovery, the Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen the State. The information in this document is NOT intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, Illinois Youth Soccer Association makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, your organization is expected to strictly comply with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidelines for the resumption of play and seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in your area if you have specific questions. These guidelines address only early phases of return-to-play and additional guidelines may, or may not, follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
Although the young and healthy may be subject to less severe cases of COVID-19, every case of this disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors that may occur within our communities. Health consequences may be long-standing and only apparent weeks after initial infection and recovery. Until COVID-19 is either eradicated, a vaccine is developed, or a cure is found, there is no way of eliminating the risk of infection. This should always be at the forefront when designing and considering return-to-activity.
GUIDELINES FOR WHEN REGIONS ARE DESIGNATED AS PHASE 4 WILL BE AVAILABLE BY JUNE 10