Fields & Facilities

MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION PROTOCOLS

Updated March 2, 2021 mayouthsoccer.org/covid-hub/


  • Assign a COVID-19 Safety Officer who will communicate policy organization wide to organizations utilizing the facility. Regular updates and reminders should be provided.

  • Assign staff to oversee the compliance of organizations at the facility. One staff per two playing surfaces.

  • Facility Operators must follow the indoor and outdoor spectator capacity limits.

  • Facility Operators must keep rosters of all participants with appropriate contact information and make that information available upon request by state officials, local boards of health and their authorized agents. Should a Facility Operator or Activity Organizer fail to comply completely and promptly with health officials, operators and organizers risk closure or suspension of a league’s practices or games.

  • Access to equipment storage and office space should be limited to employees only. First aid kits should be available at the playing area or court rather than in an office, where possible.

  • Facility owners/operators and staff should clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly.

  • Frequently touched surfaces and objects vary by location but may include doorknobs, light switches, handrails, sinks, faucets, toilet handles, drinking fountains.

  • Restroom facilities shall be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with Centers for Disease control guidance and best practices linked here.

  • Keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning.

  • In the event of a positive case, shut down the site for a deep cleaning and disinfecting in accordance with current guidelines.

  • If any equipment is provided by the Facility Operator, the operator must minimize equipment sharing and clean and disinfect shared equipment at the end of a practice session from the list of disinfectants meeting EPA criteria for use against the novel coronavirus.

  • Remove visible dirt and grime before using disinfectants. Disinfecting surfaces removes most germs and are most effective on clean surfaces and objects. Coronaviruses are relatively easy to kill with most disinfectants. When selecting disinfecting products, always read and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

  • Staff should use gloves and or other personal protective equipment. Throw away gloves after each cleaning. • Indoor facilities must provide access to handwashing facilities on site, including soap and running water, and allow sufficient break time for staff and participants to wash hands frequently; alcohol - based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative.

  • Operators must post visible signage throughout the site to remind employees and visitors of hygiene and safety protocols.

  • Water bubblers, fountains and bottle filling stations can open for refilling bottles/containers only. Managers are encouraged to install signs near any drinking equipment advising users to use for bottle refill only and not to touch the tap with their mouth or the mouth of their water bottle.

  • Consider having alcohol based hand sanitizer in common areas to encourage hygiene.

  • Facility managers must set, post, and monitor occupancy limits for bathrooms based on the ability to maintain six-foot social distancing.

  • Facilities that house a concession stand must adhere to the guidelines for restaurants as outlined by both the local Board of Health and the Governor’s office.

  • Do not allow congregating in the parking lot, common areas, entrances, and exits before and after practice. Tailgating and other social gatherings are strictly prohibited in common areas.

  • Schedule groups/teams with a minimum of 20 minutes in between the time one team concludes and the other arrives. Players must leave immediately after their session. Players should not arrive at their field earlier than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled arrival time.

  • Teams who wish to schedule warm-up time prior to their sessions must build that into their scheduled session/rental time. Warm-ups will not be permitted adjacent to the assigned field prior to the scheduled start time for a team.

  • Remove benches from all soccer fields. Players & spectators must bring their own chair. All chairs must be spaced according to physical distancing rules. (6’ apart) If you can not remove benches and bleachers, they are allowed to open ONLY if six feet of distance can be maintained between each participant at all times and they can be thoroughly cleaned using CDC recommended cleaning protocols between uses.

  • Where feasible, indoor facilities should institute one-way entrance and exits while adhering to established fire and building codes. Operators should ensure adequate social distancing and face coverings are being used during sign in for participants entering the facility

  • Indoor facilities must have proper ventilation allowing for the proper outside air to filter into the building