In a reversal of policy, youth soccer teams in New York City will be able to compete in city parks next month.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the city will begin granting permits not only for soccer, but for baseball, softball, flag football, non-contact lacrosse and cricket leagues to play in parks starting in mid-September.
Soccer and these sports have been sidelined since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teams must follow to Coronavirus guidelines, which includes having players wear masks while maintaining distance when they are not playing and limiting spectators at matches.
If leagues violate these rules, they will be subject to a “three strikes and you’re out policy, the mayor said.
If there is a spike in COVID-19 cases, sports could be suspended.
Adult teams will be use unreserved fields on a first-come, first-serve basis, de Blasio said.