Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association teams can start training today, Mondya, and begin playing games on Aug. 17 as the organization and state enter Phase 2 of U.S. Soccer’s return to play guidelines.
While full team training is allowed, squads still must maintain social distancing. Teams have to do contact tracing for any positive cases and track them for the next three weeks.
Teams will be able to participate in only local and single-day competitions. Large events would have to be approved by the local government.
Local tournaments can be played on or after Aug. 17 with the hope that the fall season will kick off in September.
For any organized soccer to be played is dependent on the necessary field permits being issued.
“We’re very happy that the situation in New York has become much better since last spring, allowing us to enter Phase 2 in restarting soccer,” ENYYSA president Richard Christiano said in a statement. “Our clubs and teams will continue to follow the guidelines of both U.S. Soccer and New York State government.”