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Jun, 2020

Return to play guidelines

As we return to soccer throughout this month, our highest priority remains the safety of our league members. The policies below have been developed in accordance with state and local recommendations and our governing body for soccer, NCYSA.

The policies below will give parents, coaches, and players an idea of what to expect to see when returning to training as well as the increased responsibilities we all will need to undertake to ensure all our participants can continue to train and develop safely. And while we are confident that the steps below are in line with all directives we have received, parents should feel comfortable making the best decision for their player as it relates to participating in soccer at this time.

As we move towards the fall season and progress through North Carolina’s phased approach, we expect to provide additional updates to these policies. The policies are subject to change to accommodate additional directives from the State of North Carolina, the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and soccer’s state and national governing bodies.

We look forward to seeing you on the field soon!

Field of Play Policies

•       Please enter/exit the game fields through the marked entrance/exit areas only.

•       Staff and Coaches are the only individuals permitted to move goals, cones, and other coaching equipment. Players may not move any equipment.

•       Designated player equipment areas will be marked off with cones, providing players obvious spaces to place their gear 6 feet away from other gear prior to the session.  Please have your player choose one cone and place their equipment next to it.  Each training area will have a designated set of cones.


•       Coaches and Staff must immediately report any symptoms to the Board via email or text.

•       Coaches exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to execute training sessions until they meet all Returning to Coach/Play criteria below.

•       Coaches who consider themselves to be in the at-risk population or have concerns regarding returning to the fields should contact the Challenge Director for alternative options.

•       All coaches and staff at soccer facilities are required to wear masks while on FWSC soccer fields. Masks are to be washed prior to coaching each day.

•       Any coach who wishes to use their soccer balls during training must ensure all soccer balls are sanitized prior to each session.

•       Pinnies are not permitted to be used during training sessions. 


•       Players must bring their own ball and water to training's and store their belongings 6 feet apart from other player’s belongings. Designated equipment areas will be marked off with cones, providing players obvious spaces to place their gear 6 feet away from other gear prior to the session.

•       It is recommended that players sanitize their soccer ball prior to each training session.

•       Players should remain in their vehicle, or social distanced according to the current phase at the top of the fields until the field has cleared from the previous session.

•       Staff and Coaches are the only individuals permitted to move goals, cones, and other coaching equipment. Players may not move any equipment.

•       Players are to enter the field through a designated entry point. If there is only one entrance/exit to the field, players should wait until the previous session has cleared the field prior to entering.

•       Should players be experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be permitted to train.

•       It is the family’s responsibility to ensure the youth athlete is free from any symptoms, is in good health and has not had any symptoms for the previous 14 days.  The questionnaire is at the end of this article.


•       Parents are to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending each training session, including checking temperatures on the day of training. Players who exhibit COVID-19 Symptoms should not be allowed to participate in training sessions.

•       Parents are required to notify FWSC immediately if their child starts showing any symptoms of COVID-19   

•       Parents are expected to either remain in their vehicle or social distance themselves between the parking lot and the marked line using the red flags. 

•       Parents are not allowed past the line of red flags for any reason other than injury to their child.


•       All sessions will be designed for small group training – No more than 25 people per group per NCDHHS guidelines during our current Phase 2.

•       up to 2 training groups will be allocated to each field.

•       Players are to remain with the same group in order to best prevent the mass spread of infection.

•       Sessions are designed to keep players 6 feet apart and minimize contact between the ball and a player’s hands and head.

•       There will not be any Goalkeeper specific sessions or exercises planned in June.



•       Take the following everyday steps to help avoid the spread of all respiratory viruses:

•       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

•       Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue away, and then wash your hands.

•       Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•       Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces such as remote controls and doorknobs. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•       Stay home if you are sick. Call your doctor if you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.




1.     Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine? 

•       Yes

•       The player/coach should not participate. The individual can return 14 days after the last time they had close contact with someone with COVID-19, or as listed below.

•       No

•       The player/coach can participate if they are not experiencing symptoms

2.     Since you last played, have you had any of these symptoms?

•       Fever

•       Chills 

•       Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

•       New cough

•       New loss of taste or smell

If a player has any of these symptoms, they should go home, stay away from other people,
and have a guardian call their health care provider.

3. Since you last played, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

• Yes

• No

If a player/coach is diagnosed with COVID-19 based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not play and stay at home.


• A coach/player can return to activity when they can answer YES to ALL three questions:

• Has it been at least 10 days since you first had symptoms?

• Has it been at least 3 days since you’ve had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine)?

• Has it been at least 3 days since your symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?

• If a coach/player has had a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to activity once they have no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and have felt well for 24 hours.

• The coach/player can return to activity without meeting the above criteria and without a negative COVID-19 test result IF they have a doctor’s note allowing them to return to soccer activities.

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