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COVID-19 GUIDANCE & PROTOCOLS FOR "RETURN TO PLAY" (RTP)

The above document, and this page, contains all of the information regarding affiliated sanctioned return-to-play in 2020, including National and State guidance from the State of Connecticut, USASA, US Soccer, and more. 

In spite of the national and state governing bodies approving the resume of play, we want to make it clear that affiliated leagues and clubs are required to abide by all rules and regulations set on the local (state and town) level: we anticipate that not all municipalities will be reopening athletic fields right away. 

We also recommend that any leagues/teams that have not done so already submit the COI request form in order to alleviate any unnecessary delays once fields have reopened. 

Also, for CSSA member leagues and clubs ("member organizations") to resume sanctioned play, the must be in good standing with CSSA, including the timely submission of player registration fees and data.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR LOCAL GUIDELINES, THE PLAYER "WAIVER", AND US SOCCER GUIDELINES, RESPECTIVELY.

USASA has stated that the decision to resume play resides at the local level. USASA insurance will be in place if member organizations:
1. Follow the guidance of the State government;
2. Follow the guidance of county/town municipal authorities;
3. Follow the USASA Return To Play (RTP) guidelines;
4. All participants *must* sign the updated USASA Release of Liability (aka, player "waiver"), which is below;
5.  CSSA leagues and clubs *must* retain the Waiver documents on file, and make them available to CSSA or review (a file-sharing app is required).
 

Latest State Government Guidance - beginning on page 5

The State of CT classifies soccer as "moderate" risk. The latest guidelines from the state are as follows and become effective June 17, Wednesday: "Sports included in the Moderate to Low risk categories can begin all of the below activities starting in Phase 2. Higher risk sports are allowed to perform camps and numbers 1 and 2 below. Higher risk sports will be allowed to do everything below post July 6th. 1. Individual or group training. 2. Controlled practices. 3. Scrimmages, games, meets, matches, etc. 4. Tournaments allowed after July 6th (no satellite fields)."

US Soccer's PLAY ON Initiative

During the next few weeks, US Soccer will share a host of resources in line with federal, state and national sporting organization guidelines under a new initiative called U.S. Soccer PLAY ON. These guidelines and best practices are intended for use WHEN AND IF your local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the practice field. U.S. Soccer is in no way endorsing holding practices or games in violation of any federal, state or local mandates.