Return To Play & Competition Protocols

Return to play

COVID19 Precautions

 

General Guidelines:

 

  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Masks are recommended to be worn by all spectators at all times.
  • Stay home if you feel sick and contact your health care provider.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid contact with other individuals (shaking hands, for example).
  • Use hand sanitizer or soap and water (when available) often.
  • It is recommended that players from different households do not drive/carpool together.

 

Prior to Arriving: 

 

  • Daily Health Screening - each player and coach should check his/her temperature at home, and refrain from participation if he or she has a fever (≥100.4 degrees F).
    • He/she is not currently demonstrating or suffering from any ill symptoms (see Appendix A).
    • He/she has not had a suspected or documented case of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. 
  • Any player that does not meet the above criteria should be restricted from participation and sent home.

 

At the Field for Training and Games

 

  • Players/Coaches are recommended to wear masks when arriving to the soccer facilities. 
  • Players are recommended to wear masks when not actively participating in training/games but not mandatory.
  • Coaches are recommended to wear masks when physical distancing cannot be achieved but not mandatory. 
  • Any team pre- and post-match handshakes should not occur.
  • Player’s equipment should be spread appropriately out so during breaks players remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Handshakes or contact in substitutions should be avoided.
  • Celebrations should not contain physical contact.
  • Appropriate physical distancing should occur between players and coaches at all times.  
  • Players on the sideline/bench should remain physically distanced (6 feet minimum) at all times. 
  • Teams should not congregate, post-training or post-game and debriefs should be kept to a minimum.

 

Departing the Soccer Facilities

 

  • Players/Coaches are recommended to wear masks when departing the soccer facilities. 
  • Participants should try to leave immediately after their training session or the conclusion of the game. 

 

Reporting of Positive or Suspected Positive COVID-19 Infection:

 

  • Any participant with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or confirmed exposure should notify their respective clubs immediately.  For all Valley AFC/UNITED participants should Contact– Cory Carroll, Director of Soccer 540-353-3907 or email at cory.carroll@valleyunited.us

 

Equipment:

 

  • Players and coaches should bring their own equipment (hand sanitizer, water bottle, etc.) that should not be shared between individuals.

 

Spectators:

 

  • Everyone is expected to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing (into the nape of the elbow).
  • Anyone feeling sick should leave the facility immediately, go home and if needed, seek medical guidance from a healthcare provider.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands whenever possible.

 

APPENDIX A - SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INFECTION

 

Individuals with COVID-19 can exhibit symptoms ranging from the following:

The most common symptoms associated with infection include:

  • Fever ( ≥100.4 degrees F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms that may still be evidence of COVID-19 infection include:

  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Muscle / joint pain
  • Sudden loss of taste or smell
  • Chills

 

Note: Some people do not have symptoms, or have very mild symptoms. Persons with COVID-19 may be infectious two days prior to symptom onset.

 

Revised 1/2/2022