Dear Soccer Members,
Today we received notification from U.S. Soccer Federation, which can be found below:
As of today, U.S. Soccer has decided to postpone or cancel 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.
Earlier this week, we made the decision to postpone our W.I.N. National Training Camp and summer tour to compete in the San Marino Cup.
Since the beginning of the week, we have been monitoring the situation consistently and speaking with professionals on this matter, with a priority placed on the health and safety of our players, coaches, referees, and families. At this time, we’ve suspended the following programs; coaching education courses, approval of international travel for USSSA registered teams, and USSSA operated events until April 30th.
Over the coming weeks, we will continue to evaluate the situation nationally and communicate with our membership on any change to the above operation procedures.
For our local member leagues, clubs, and teams, we advise you to follow the recommendations and notices set by your state departments, local government offices, and public health officials.
A good source of information on the coronavirus, symptoms, FAQs and other important information can be found by visiting the CDC webpage here. Additional information is below:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:
- 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 the 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 Coronavirus.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
- 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% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Links below to resources and communications from the CDC and other organizations regarding the coronavirus:
We understand these postponements will cause unforeseen challenges to those affected. However, as stated previously, your health and safety are of the upmost importance to us and something we will not jeopardize.
Wishing everyone a safe spring.
Craig W. Scriven