Soccer Alaska Summer 2020 Season – Referee Requirements


Soccer Alaska is moving forward with its Summer Adult Season (June 29 – August 27) as well as its Soccer Alaska Premier League (June 22 – July 22).  In addition, Soccer Alaska will be hosting the Soccer Alaska Premier League Invitational on July 24-26.

Playing Soccer during the COVID Pandemic comes with certain requirements of Referees, listed below.  All Referees who ref this summer agree that they will uphold all requirements listed in this document and Soccer Alaska’s Mitigation Plan.

General

  1. Referees, Team Managers and Soccer Alaska staff, while at the fields, share the responsibility for enforcing monitoring and sanitation protocols.
  2. Referees and Players should use hand sanitizer and wash/sanitize their hands frequently before, during and after games.  Soccer Alaska has supplied porta-potties at all fields that have disinfectant if needed.
    1. Porta-potties will be sanitized a minimum of twice a week.
  3. Referees must keep a copy of Soccer Alaska’s Mitigation Plan in their referee bag at every game for viewing if a player asks.
  4. Any referee who 1) has symptoms of COVID-19, 2) is feeling ill and/or 3) has been exposed to a person with COVID-19 must not attend games and must notify the Referee Administrator and League Administrator immediately.
  5. Soccer Alaska’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan will be posted on Soccer Alaska’s website if someone asks, www.socceralaska.com/covid. 
  6. Players are encouraged to social distance a minimum of six feet while entering/exiting the parking lot, the field area and while on the sidelines.  Physical contact is only permitted within the rules of soccer during active play.
  7. Referees and players are not required to wear masks as they are actively exercising by playing soccer but are strongly encouraged to wear one.  If someone wishes to wear a mask, the following guidance is being provided:
    1. Cloth masks or disposable face coverings are allowed.
    2. Masks should cover both the nose and mouth if worn.
  8. Spectators are not allowed to sit with teams, and are asked to practice social distancing and wear protective face coverings.

Pre-Game

  1. Bring your own equipment and water bottle to games; do not share water, food or equipment.
  2. Green Check Mark is required for all Players to Play
    1. All players, on each game day, will complete the electronic Soccer Alaska Health Screening located at www.socceralaska.com/screening, consisting of the below questions.  Players who respond “No” to all four questions will be allowed to play.
      1. Have you been outside Alaska since [14 days prior]?
      2. Have you been in contact with anybody with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 since [14 days prior]?
      3. Are you currently experiencing any of these symptoms? Cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, or sore throat?
      4. Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours?
    2. Players must show this date-stamped green check mark to the Referee in order to play.  No green check mark, no play!
    3. Referees are required to fill out the Health Screening before every game (one time per day).  
    4. Soccer Alaska will review the Health Screening logs daily.  Any players or referees found not be performing this task will suspended for the duration of the summer season.
    5. Spectators are not required to fill out the Health Screening.
  3. Player Cards will not be required this summer as the Health Screening requires Players to certify they currently have a 2020 Player Card.
  4. Referees must disinfect the soccer ball prior to the start of every game.  If you need disinfectant, please pick some up at the Dome on Monday – Friday, between 7AM and 7PM.
  5. Referees should use hand sanitizer before and after each game, and have a personal supply of sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, latex gloves and tissues, and face mask if desired.
  6. Set bag apart from others.

During the Game

  1. Referees are discouraged to blow the whistle, within ten (10) feet of participants.
  2. Strongly encourage players to social distance a minimum of ten feet during active play.
  3. Do not allow group celebrations, high 5’s, hugs or handshakes.
  4. Do now allowing spitting during the game.

Post-Game

  1. Leave the area as soon as reasonably possible after the game.
  2. Wash and sanitize jerseys and equipment regularly.

Response to Confirmed Infection

  1. If an active player is identified as being COVID-19 positive by testing, Soccer Alaska will perform the following as soon as practical:
    1. Perform a full cleaning, sanitize and disinfect the goal posts at all fields.
    2. Perform a full cleaning, sanitize and disinfect the porta-potties at all fields
    3. Referees should clean, sanitize and disinfect all flags, uniforms, whistles and gear.
    4. Players should clean, sanitize and disinfect all soccer gear, clothing and equipment.
  2. In the event that a player plays a game and later tests positive, public health officials would interview that player to determine the extent of the possible spread.  The officials would then get in touch with everyone who they concluded had close contact with the infected player.  “Close contact” is defined as having been within 6 feet or less for ten minutes.  
  3. Public health officials are in charge of determining the scope of the spread and contacting anybody who was exposed.  Although Soccer Alaska wouldn’t be allowed to share which player had tested positive, Soccer Alaska will perform the tasks listed above in this Section.

If you have any questions, please contact Paton Stott, our Referee Administrator, or Josh Resnick, the League Administrator.

Thank you for all you do to help the League and keep players safe!

Josh Resnick

League Administrator