|Regional Club League||RCL Games and club practices postponed until further notice.||Contact Club Staff|
|State Cups||Officially canceled for the seasonal year 2019-2020.||Bastien Catrin|
|Foundation/Soccer For Success||Postponed until further notice.||Rachel Wilton|
|EPD Training||Friendship Cup and ODP regional Camp have been canceled.|
EPD training are suspended until further notice.
|letHERcoach||Courses rescheduled; see email.||Erin Redwine|
|TOPSoccer||Postponed until further notice.||Tom Tate|
|Volunteer Celebration||Tacoma Stars event canceled, will be rescheduled.||Spenser Davis|
Dear Washington Youth Soccer family,
We as an organization are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a local, state, national, and global level, and doing everything we can to provide information and make decisions in the best interest of our membership and community. Safety is our first priority, and we are following the directives of our federal, state, and local governments as we continue to navigate this crisis. Governor Jay Inslee announced today the immediate closure of all K-12 schools in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties.
Washington Youth Soccer, as a member of US Soccer and US Youth Soccer, is a service agency for 27 associations from all corners of Washington State. In that capacity, Washington Youth Soccer provides a variety of services including player registration, secondary player insurance, risk management, coaching education, and a vibrant Respect campaign. Washington Youth Soccer also operates soccer programming like Elite Player Development, Regional Club League, State Cups, Soccer For Success, and TOPSoccer.
Our staff and board of directors are working to communicate information and assist our member associations where possible. As a member of your local youth soccer association or club, you may receive news on their individual status from them.
Washington Youth Soccer is dedicated to providing the best youth soccer experience our state has to offer. We will continue to follow the authorities as the issue unfolds, but rest assured that as soon as it is safe to do so, we will resume youth soccer activities under our leadership.
Thanks for your continued support of youth soccer in Washington,
President, Washington Youth Soccer Board of Directors
For those with questions about the current Coronavirus situation in Washington and how it affects Washington Youth Soccer, please view the below resources. If you have any further questions, contact Terry Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources & Links
From US Youth Soccer regarding Return to Play guidelines:
As many communities begin to institute new guidelines for youth sports activities, we are beginning our plans to initiate programming. While we are all anxious to jump on the field and start playing, we need to be cognizant of our communities rules and requirements. It is our goal to maintain a spirit of fun and enjoyment, while making sure we comply with all local rules in order to better protect the health of our community. Below are some guidelines provided by US Youth Soccer that will help us plan our return to play initiatives. Things may initially be very different than what we’re all familiar with, but hopefully each phase will allow for the introduction of more and better programming. We are excited to have the chance to see all of you soon, and we hope this phased approach to play will take us back to playing the game we love sooner versus later.
We hope to see you all safe, healthy and on the field soon. We Are Youth Soccer!
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, U.S. Soccer has canceled the upcoming #USMNT & #USWNT games in March & April, and the majority of #USYNT and Extended National Team matches and camps that were planned through the end of April.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 12, 2020
We are sad to announce that all remaining games, including the match versus San Diego that was moved to the Tacoma Soccer Center for Friday have been cancelled. For all of the details, read the link below:https://t.co/Pmp7cwTSvi pic.twitter.com/9YxDFaH95Z
— Tacoma Stars (@TacomaStarsSC) March 12, 2020
Regarding RCL, from league commissioner Paul Bayly:
Effective today, 3-11-2020, the RCS will follow the message coming from the WA Governor office with regard to RCL teams playing and training
RCL Games will be postponed until further notice. (edited 4/8)
Clubs practices will be suspended until further notice. (edited 4/8)
As the coronavirus is a fluid situation, the above statement is subject to change as we will continue to monitor the situation going forward.
Thank you for your patience, health and safety is our priority.
UPDATE FROM US YOUTH SOCCER 3/5:
Given current health and travel concerns, we wanted to provide you with an overview of the steps USYS is taking to keep our community safe and informed. We are proactively engaged in ongoing communications with all travel providers, related government agencies, and our soccer community at the national, regional and local level.
For all USYS organized international travel, a reminder that our current roster of travel providers have decades of experience and 24/7 teams of risk management professionals, including security partners and on-staff medical personnel. Because of the rapid development of this situation in varying countries, our travel partners consider real-time information from their local ground teams across the globe, as well as guidance from the CDC, World Health Organization, and U.S. Department of State. Our partners regularly advise us on conditions at our scheduled destinations, and they will continue to monitor and advise us as needed.
For all upcoming domestic events and travel, we advise our soccer community to frequently check our website at usyouthsoccer.org as well as follow us on social media. At this time, it remains safe to travel to our scheduled destinations but we will continue to monitor and advise as needed. Should there be any domestic travel advisories or alerts that impact our upcoming events, we will alert all USYS stakeholders as well as the broader USYS community.
If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, we invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here:
You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here:
In addition to our organizational efforts, USYS encourages our soccer community to take all reasonable measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in their daily lives. Coronavirus and influenza are spread by exposure to droplets via coughing and by contact with surfaces touched by an infected person. Touching an infected surface and then touching your face, eyes, mouth or nose is a preventable route of transmission.
Here are some basic rules to help you and your family stay safe:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (at least 30 seconds).
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands.
- Clean or disinfect all areas of your training area after every use.
- Use alcohol-based sanitizers in addition to frequent hand-washing. Carry small bottles of alcoholic disinfectant to use when hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
- During camps, training and tournaments, maintaining hygiene is extremely important. Clothes should be washed after workouts.
- Support your immune system with a varied, vitamin-rich diet with sufficient vegetables and fruit to help prevent infections. Fruit containing vitamin C, such as oranges or grapefruits, are particularly important.
- Keep hydrated and drink enough to keep mucous membranes moist.
- Flu vaccines are always recommended.
- If an athlete, coach or staff member has symptoms such as coughing, fever or general malaise, they should contact their physician, should NOT attend practice and should consider self-isolation until evaluated by medical personnel.
As a source of information and support, USYS will continue to provide up-to-date information and resources when available to aid in information distribution, event preparation and organizational response. We will continue to make all efforts to ensure that our members and athletes are informed, safe and ready to compete.
Additional information on the Coronavirus and travel can be found at:
CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet
CDC Travel information
Recommendations from the FISA Sports Medicine Commission Coronavirus (02/27/2020)
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
Please know that we are watching the situation carefully and will continue to proactively share updates as they impact our organization. The safety and security of our soccer community is, and always will be, our highest priority!
Dr. Pete Zopfi
- Center For Disease Control (CDC)
- CDC Travel Health Notices
- Washington State Department of Health
- US Soccer
- US State Department Travel Advisories
- Spanish Fact Sheet