Metrolina Adult Soccer League

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MASL Return to Play Guidelines

General Precautions at the Field

Game times will be shortened by 5 minutes each half to allow additional time for teams from a prior game to leave the premises before the arrival of teams for the following game. For 11v11 matches, this means that the time of the halves will be reduced from 45 minutes to 40 minutes.

In the event of a delay due to inclement weather have all players return to their personal vehicle; multiple players sheltering in one vehicle is strongly discouraged. Do not gather collectively under a gazebo or any other complex structure.

Any policies put forth by the various facilities we play within will be updated at the bottom of this document if there are any additional rules/regulations those facilities have that are not covered by this document.

Fans are permitted to attend the matches should they elect to do so, however ALL FANS will only be permitted to sit on the sidelines opposite of the team benches on the half of the team they are there for. Fans are required to sit or stand a minimum of 10 feet off of the field's sidelines. This allows space for players who could come quickly into an area chasing a ball to have space AND gives space for the Assistant Referee that is on the fan's sideline. All fans are also required to keep a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and any other fans along their designated sidelines. All fans are required to wear a mask on at all times.

Game Time Precautions

Referees will be instructed to have corner kicks and free kicks taken expeditiously. This will ensure that time groupings of players will be within a proximity of one another will be kept to a minimum.

Additional game time/game day precautions are described below in the Game Day section under Players' Responsibilities.

Players' Responsibilities

1. Do not play if:

  • You are exhibiting any symptoms now of the COVID-19 illness caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2:
    fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headaches, or other symptoms, mild to severe, identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • You have had COVID-19 symptoms such that COVID-19 was likely within the past 10 days, but you have not been tested, (i.e., do not play unless it has been at least 10 days since you last had COVID-19 symptoms).

  • You have had COVID-19 symptoms and have a COVID-19 test pending

  • You tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 within the past 10 days even if you have not had any

    symptoms (i.e., do not play unless it has been at least 10 days since you tested positive for COVID-19 AND it has been at least 10 days since you last had COVID-19 symptoms, if any).

  • In the past 14 days you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or with someone who has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the last 14 days.

  • You are deemed a "vulnerable individual" defined as "an individual with serious underlying health conditions, for example high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, compromised immune system (due to chemotherapy, or any other ailment or factor that causes immunodeficiency)."

2. Notification/MASL Submit Possible Exposure Form:

Communication is key. The player/players must notify the league administrator via the MASL Submit Possible Exposure form on the left (link to be added prior to first game) if any of the above conditions apply to yourself or teammates. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or developed symptoms consistent with COVID- 19 AFTER participating in a league function, meeting, practice, or game, you must notify your team captain and the League Administrator immediately.

Note that your privacy will be protected, but MASL shall notify your team, your opponents, the referees, and anyone else who you may have been in contact with at your match.

3. Game Day:

  • Do the bulk of stretching prior to arriving.

  • Stay in your car until 30 mins before your match time.

  • Arrive wearing a mask. Consider having back-up masks due to sweat or weather conditions.

  • Must bring your own water bottle. NO SHARING WATER BOTTLES OR WATER COOLERS.

  • Bring personal hand sanitizer.

  • Teams will NOT share a sideline. There will be a designated side for home and away teams, on opposite sides of the field. Players are to go to their designated side of the field and do not stop to mingle with other individuals.

  • While not playing, players should wear their mask until entering the field of play and return to wearing a mask after a reasonable cool down period while on the sidelines. Continue to practice 6' social distancing from teammates and other individuals.

  • There will be no coin toss. Home team will decide "ball or side".

  • During pre-game check-in with the referees - wear a facemask.

  • At half time, players must return to wearing masks after a reasonable cool down.

  • Teams continue to practice social distancing during half time.

  • Referees must not be approached at half time or after the game for any reason. Comments to the referees should be made from a distance of at least 6 feet away.

  • Confronting the referees during the match including "getting in the referee's face or approaching too close" will be viewed as dissent and the player may be given a yellow card.

  • Players should also not get in any opponent's face due to a hard tackle or otherwise. We understand that this is heat of the moment, but it is also a mindset each of you will NEED to overcome.
  • No shaking hands, fist bumps, or high fives.

  • Players should be responsible for their own equipment, jersey, warm-ups, and bibs.

  • Identify one individual from the team to be responsible for team equipment such cones and team balls.

  • After the game please leave the complex immediately.

4. Disciplinary Caution

Any player who intentionally spits, coughs, or fights/touches another player or referee - may be suspended for the rest of the season and may be subject to additional sanctions or other penalties by the League's Disciplinary Committee.