COVID-Related Responsibilities

Updated for Spring 2021

Whether you are a coach, a team COVID Coordinator, or a regular soccer family along for the ride, it is essential that you know and understand your responsibilities related to COVID.  Our privilege to play amid the pandemic is married to our responsibility to demonstrate our ability to keep our community safe.  


We will again be adhering to Mass Youth Soccer’s COVID protocols. The details can be found at their COVID Hub webpage.  There is excellent information at this website, but we have provided some highlights below.  PLEASE REVIEW AND UNDERSTAND YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES.


Thank you for your support and diligence.  Your help in adhering to these guidelines during the fall season led to an incident-free soccer experience last year.  Hopefully this spring will be the last season we will need to be on high-alert.

New Allowances since Fall

  • Normal soccer rules have returned:  Throw-ins, headers, corner kicks, deliberate contact

  • Spectator limits softened.  We will allow 2 spectators per player on Malden fields (plus small siblings).  Other towns may have different allowances.


Everybody’s Responsibility

  • Wear a mask at all times over mouth and nose, including arrival and departure.  Masks with vents are not acceptable.

  • Do not attend soccer activities if you are sick or have a fever

  • Stay away from soccer activities for at least 14 days if you have tested positive, have had close contact, or exhibit symptoms of the virus

  • Understand the MA Travel Advisory, especially: If you are out of state for over 24 hours, you are advised to quarantine for 10 days

  • If you are diagnosed or directly exposed and asked to quarantine, you are required to notify your coach and the COVID Safety Officer (Doug Danoff

  • Do not linger before or after games


Player Responsibilities

  • Players wear masks which loop behind the ears at all times.  Brief mask breaks are permitted when 6 feet of social distance can be maintained.  No Gaiters.

  • Players must have their own equipment: Sanitizer, Water bottle, Ball, Pinny, Gloves  -- NO SHARING

  • No shared snacks

  • Check for fever before attending soccer activity

  • Avoid carpooling, but if necessary, wear masks and keep windows open


Spectator Responsibilities

  • Masks at all times

  • Maximum of 2 spectators per player.  Younger siblings may attend if child care options don’t exist

  • Family units must maintain at least 6 feet distance from other family units


Coach Responsibilities

  • Identify your team’s COVID Coordinator

  • Masks at all times

  • Maintain distance from players at all times (excluding serious injury)

  • Be the only one to handle shared equipment (cones, nets, etc).  Equipment should be disinfected frequently.

  • Setup dedicated player equipment area away from field and spectators

  • Ensure players have masks (which loop behind ears) and wear them properly at all times.

  • Do not schedule pre-game arrival time where it might overlap with a prior game.  Games should have a 20 minute buffer -- do not exceed 20 minutes.

  • Terminate games & practices if player or spectator compliance cannot be peacefully obtained


Team COVID Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Setup designated spectator areas at games.   3 sides of the field are allowed, maintain 10’ off the field

  • Take attendance at home games, and store until November - Collect Rosters, Suggestion: take wide angle spectator photos/videos

  • Remind spectators of compliance policies, and notify coach if compliance cannot be obtained

  • Communicate serious protocol breaches to the COVID Safety Officer (Doug Danoff

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