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Member Update: Coronavirus

By US Club Soccer, 03/12/20, 4:15PM EDT

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March 12, 2020

Dear members,

US Club Soccer will periodically communicate with you, as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues that impact our sport.

Generally, US Club Soccer is following the lead of U.S. Soccer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other key stakeholders and experts. Please read below for more specific information and frequent usclubsoccer.org/coronavirus on an ongoing basis.

U.S. Soccer Federation:
Today, U.S. Soccer postponed or canceled a number of scheduled events through April 30. This includes, but is not limited to, all National Team programming: Men’s, Women’s, Youth and Extended National teams; Development Academy regular season matches and the upcoming Spring Cup; all Coaching Education and Referee courses, and all Talent Identification opportunities.

Impact to US Club Soccer-operated and -sanctioned programming:
Related to programming in the short-term that is operated by US Club Soccer:
On Monday, we postponed our 2020 id2 National Selection International Tours to the U.K., which were scheduled for March 13-24. Additionally, pursuant to U.S. Soccer’s announcement today, all coaching education courses scheduled to be hosted by US Club Soccer members through April 30 are also postponed indefinitely. In the longer term, we will continue to monitor this situation and the effects that these postponements may have on future US Club Soccer-operated events.

Regarding programming that is sanctioned but not directly operated by US Club Soccer, such as local league play and tournaments: US Club Soccer recommends members follow the guidance of local and state public health officials. We feel this is the best approach given the variances throughout the country. US Club Soccer does not intend to make broad directives that affect our members in every part of the country. Of course, we are also recommending that our members continually monitor the CDC for updates.

International travel:
Effective immediately, US Club Soccer has temporarily stopped approving members’ U.S. Soccer Applications for Foreign Travel abroad. Among the factors taken into account in making this decision are the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as an official pandemic yesterday, and the U.S. Department of State elevating its global health advisory to “Level 3: Reconsider Travel.”

Recommendations and resources:
Once again, we encourage our members to consult with local public health officials to make the best decisions for your community regarding upcoming programming.

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. Simple, preventive actions should be followed, such as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Another valuable source of information is the World Health Organization. And, for those with small children, NPR released a helpful comic that conveys important information in an engaging way.

We will continue to support our members as we get through this uncertain time. Remember that the preventative measures that you take don’t just protect yourself and your family. They also go a long way in protecting people around you who may be more susceptible to COVID-19 and the associated complications.

Thank you for your attentiveness in this matter.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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