The Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) and its members will move to Phase III of the Return-to-Play Guidelines effective immediately, June 15, 2020. Phase III will allow all activities from Phases I and II plus:
- Intra-club scrimmage/practice games only
- Encourage all non-playing participants to wear masks
- Recommend that each Club identify a “Safety Monitor” that will ensure all non-playing participants maintain appropriate social distancing.
- If you don’t feel well – STAY HOME
ASA continues to work with our member Clubs in developing and implementing each phase. Through our monitoring of Club activities the training sessions have been compliant, often times exceeding minimum standards, to each of the standards set and feel we can properly and safely move to Phase III, as defined above.
As a community, we must continue working together and maintain appropriate sanitary standards as well as doing more to ensure appropriate social distancing for non-playing participants. The recommendation for each Club to identify a “Safety Monitor” is done to provide a means for Clubs to encourage social distancing by those non-playing participants attending training sessions.
While many are excited to move to the next Phase, some are still apprehensive. If a coach, player, parent, or family are not comfortable returning to play – DON’T. We must demonstrate respect and courtesy for everyone’s feelings during this time and ensure that we provide a safe environment as we return to play.
We must remain diligent in our focus, when not playing, to maximize our sanitary and social distancing practices. The roles/responsibilities include:
ASA remains committed to doing everything we can to support our Clubs, players, coaches, families, and communities but it is a team effort. While some are wanting to return to full play immediately, there are many others don’t. Although we are moving to Phase III it is important to ensure that, when not playing and during drills social distancing of players still remain a priority. Phase III will be defined by the following Activities and Restrictions:
As we move through each phase the following should always be adhered to:
ASA will continue to partner with our member Clubs and their leadership in getting everyone back to full play as quickly as possible. We appreciate the myriad of perspectives but truly appreciate the leadership that the ASA soccer community has demonstrated during this unprecedented, and at times very confusing period. Although we continue to see Arizona re-open it is imperative that if someone is not comfortable returning – DON’T; just because you can does not mean you must.