US Club Soccer Could Return In May
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A letter released on Monday from Kevin Payne, CEO/Executive Director of US Club Soccer, sets May 18 as the earliest possible return date of youth soccer in America. Obviously this date is subject to change as the coronavirus situation evolves, but it does give us an idea for when youth soccer will resume.
US Club Soccer also put out a tweet with a link to the letter on Monday afternoon.
Dear members https://t.co/z3HLswmIoL We've targeted May 18th as the date we hope to return decision-making authority to our local leagues. Stay safe and stay strong. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/qNPhta59Ua— US Club Soccer (@USClubSoccer) April 27, 2020
The decision to resume youth soccer will be ultimately be up to local leagues. US Club Soccer will essentially be handing off the decision-making baton on May 18 as the severity of the virus in different states and areas will be a deciding factor.
In the letter, Payne promises that a list of safety measures for play will be released to ensure that players, coaches and families all follow the CDC and government’s guidelines.
Listed in the federal government’s plans to reopen the country, schools and organized youth activities — including youth sports — are listed in the second phase of reopening. So long as a rebound of cases is not seen in a state or area and the proper criteria is met, youth soccer could return next month.
In the letter, Payne said another update will be provided in May.
“We’re hopeful that the continued suspension of activities until May 18th puts us in a position to begin Phase 2. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow up the week prior with a return-to-play decision,” said Payne.