We recognize that different parts of our country have been affected to varying degrees the impact of COVID-19. Therefore, effective May 18, US Club Soccer lifted its national suspension of activities and delegated return-to-play decision making to our members.
To be clear, this decision by no means is a blanket permission to return to play. For activities to be sanctioned with the normal US Club Soccer-provided insurance coverage in effect, members returning to play must be in compliance with requirements/mandates established by the applicable local and state public health authorities. If members are not in compliance, the activities are unsanctioned and US Club Soccer-provided insurance coverage is not in effect.
Beyond the requirements/mandates, US Club Soccer also encourages members to follow optional guidelines or recommendations established by local and state public health authorities, to the extent applicable and possible. Members are always expected to err on the side of caution in health and safety matters.
In consideration of the threat of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the new coronavirus – US Club Soccer encourages all members and related personnel to take proper precautions. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is a valuable resource of the latest information.
Please monitor this CDC web page, which has important information about how coronavirus spreads, its symptoms, FAQs, global locations with COVID-19, travel advisories and more. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, such as:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital needs of small businesses suffering substantial financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state's or territory's Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority (as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President) an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The SBA has created the COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources for those anticipating financial hardship caused by the pandemic.
Please take note of the following, as outlined by the SBA:
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member organizations may want to consider applying for the PPP, which offers a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The PPP will be available through June 30, 2020.
For more information, including eligibility details, guidance and other assistance, please visit this SBA.gov web page.
Related to employment, staffing and the federal stimulus bill: