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COVID-19 and Soccer

Green Phase and Youth Soccer at PASC
Now that the Southeast Region of Pennsylvania is in the Green Phase, we realize many of you are ready to get back to playing soccer. While youth sports and youth sport organizations are able to re-start when a region moves to the Green Phase in PA, it's important to note that there are still restrictions in place that limit the extent of "regular" sports activity, most notably the requirement to maintain social distancing and no contact.

According to EPYS' guidelines, Green Phase protocol includes a multi-stage transition to youth soccer activities.

Stage I: Individual and small group training
Suggested Duration: 2-4 weeks

Stage II: Full team training
Suggested Duration: 2-3 weeks

Stage III: Typical pre-season activities
Duration: 2-3 weeks

Stage IV: Return to play
Some restrictions may still apply per government and EPYS direction.

Stage V: All restrictions lifted.

Through August, PASC will adhere to the following:
  • All soccer activity limited to within the club.
  • Individuals must comply with restrictions of their home county.
  • No training, games, friendlies, or scrimmages with other organizations.
  • Controlled, limited-contact practices.
  • Hand sanitizer available at times.
  • No sharing of water, snacks, or equipment (including balls and pinnies).
  • No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, hugs, etc.
  • No player or coach can attend if he/she is feeling sick. A player or coach must exhibit no signs of COVID-19 for 14 days prior to activity and no known exposure before attending training.
  • Sick players or coaches must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health. Can only return with a Doctor’s approval and show notice to the club.
  • Training equipment (cones, goals, flags etc.) disinfected between sessions.
  • Only coaches can touch or move equipment.
  • Coaches will wear face masks at all times.
  • Players do not need to wear face masks, but may wear mask during activity at parents' or player's discretion. Players are asked to have face masks on hand while attending training and games.
  • Scrimmage vests/pinnies are considered personal equipment and must be washed after every session (each player has his/her own).
  • Only one coach will attend to injured players (while wearing mask and gloves).
  • Minimal contact with other teams before, during, and after each session.
The EPYS guidelines were created in consultation with those developed by the US Olympic Committee, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, the CDC, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a collection of best practices. We expect that these guidelines will continue to evolve as we learn more about the ongoing health crisis.

Safety protocol
  • Prior to attending any PASC event, players and coaches must confirm that they have/are not:
     - Had any close contact with a sick individual or anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
     - Had a documented case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
     - Been on a commercial flight or traveled outside the US in the last 14 days.
     - Currently demonstrating or suffering from any ill symptoms.
  • Prior to attending any training event, every player and coach must check his/her temperature at home and refrain from participation if he or she has a temperature above 100º or has any other symptoms of COVID-19 (see below).
  • If a player displays COVID-19 symptoms before or during training or a game, he/she will not be permitted to participate, will be sent home, and should be tested for COVID-19.
     - If the test result is negative, the player can return to play after three days of no symptoms.
     - If the test result is positive, the player can return after three days of no symptoms or fever (but no sooner than 10 days from the onset of symptoms).
  • If a player participating in sporting activities has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be sent home.
  • Players/Families in a group with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine and not participate in soccer group activities for 14 days after the last exposure.
  • Per the PA Department of Health, if you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return.
  • Players and coaches should thoroughly wash/disinfect their hands prior to and immediately after every training session or game.
  • In the event of thunder/lightning, severe rain, or inclement weather, we will shelter in the Charlestown Park pavilions. We will send communication if the session is canceled due to the weather and parents will need to come pick up players as soon as possible.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • Fever (100.4°F or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
If you experience:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face ...
... seek emergency medical attention immediately by calling 911 or calling ahead to your local emergency facility. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Contact Adam Charnley with questions regarding PASC's safety and mitigation policies.
Email [email protected] or call 484-857-7272

Additional resources:
Restore Chester County web toolkit
Guidance for All Sports Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
US Soccer Return to Play
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Return to Play

Chester County Health Department
601 Westtown Rd Ste 290
West Chester, PA 19382-4991
(610) 344-6225
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.chesco.org/224/Health
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