Summer 2020 Season – Player Requirements


Soccer Alaska is moving forward with its Summer Adult Season running July 6 – August 27.  This will be an 8-game season, with games on Mondays – Thursdays from 6:30PM to 10:00PM, at the Kincaid Stadium and Clark Middle School.

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

General

  1. Team Managers, Referees and Soccer Alaska staff, while at the fields, share the responsibility for enforcing monitoring and sanitation protocols.
  2. Players and referees 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. Any player or 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 Soccer Alaska’s League Administrator at [email protected] immediately.
  4. Soccer Alaska’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan will be posted on Soccer Alaska’s website, at www.socceralaska.com/covid. 
  5. Players and referees 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.
  6. Spectators are not allowed to sit with teams, and are asked to practice social distancing, wear protective face coverings and bring their own chairs.
  7. If you feel like you fall into a high-risk population category, please consider taking this summer off.
  8. Players are encouraged to play on only one team this summer to minimize the chances of community spread.

Player Responsibilities

  1. Bring your own equipment and water bottle to games; do not share water, food or equipment.
  2. Wash and sanitize jerseys and equipment regularly and set bags apart from others.
  3. If a team uses pinnies loaned by Soccer Alaska for the summer season, the team managers must wash and sanitize the pinnies and their carrying bag after each game.
  4. Strongly encouraged to social distance a minimum of ten feet during active play.
  5. Remain a minimum of six feet while entering/exiting the parking lot, the field area and while on the sidelines.
  6. 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.
  7. No group celebrations, high 5’s, hugs or handshakes are allowed.
  8. No spitting during the game is allowed.
  9. 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.

Health Screening and Player Cards

  1. 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 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.
  2. Player Cards will not be required this summer as the Health Screening requires Players to certify they currently have a 2020 Player Card.

During the Game

  1. Players are strongly encouraged to social distance a minimum of ten feet during active play.
  2. Teams must social distance on their benches to minimize the chances of community spread.

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 Josh the League Administrator at [email protected]. 

Good luck to all the teams this summer!

Josh 

League Administrator