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Mar, 2020

Mass Youth Soccer Delays Season

Thursday evening our governing body, Massachusetts Youth Soccer, released their decision to delay the soccer season until April 15.  Medford Youth Soccer is a member organization of Mass Youth Soccer and supports their decision to temporarily suspend all youth soccer-related activities.  

Medford Youth Soccer's schedule may be slightly affected as the first Travel game was scheduled for Saturday April 11.  Intra City was scheduled to start Thursday April 16 (Grades 1&2) and Sunday April 19th (Pre K / K).  We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as soon as we have any information.  As you can see in the messaging below, practices are part of the suspended activities. Our permits for all grass and turf field are on hold.  All coaches are instructed to refrain from holding any practice until the ban has been lifted and Mass Youth has restarted the season.  Medford Youth Soccer Coach Clinic for Play Practice Play is also temporarily suspended - however the lesson plans are available online at US Youth Soccer.  Please reach out to us if you need assistance locating the plans.

Thank you for your understanding with this decision.
Steven K Taylor, President
Medford Youth Soccer
Mass Youth Soccer Suspends all activities through April 15th
Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association is suspending all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide through April 15th due to the evolving COVID-19 situation.   For our member organizations (towns, clubs and leagues) this includes, but is not limited to: all games, practices, clinics, training, tournaments, in-person meetings and Coaching Education Courses.
Trusting that players, coaches, referees and spectators would never knowingly compromise themselves or others, the fact is that our sport and its related activities provide an opportunity for the virus to spread which we feel is our duty to help avoid (excerpt from the CDC below):
“...COVID-19 is mainly spread through respiratory droplets (sneeze, cough, or sweat) when in close contact (within 6 feet) OR by touching a surface with such droplets and then touching one’s own mouth, nose or eyes...”
As a result, both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer have made a similar decision regarding soccer activities under their purview.  They asked the state associations to assess the risks and benefits of postponement, suspension and/or cancellation of upcoming events and Mass Youth Soccer - along with many other state associations - has taken this guidance with the highest level of concern.  Our decision to suspend soccer related activities and promote social distancing was made in accordance with guidance we received from public health and medical professionals at the federal, state and local levels. We don’t take these types of decisions lightly.  But, in the interest of making the health and safety of the entire soccer community, in addition to all others statewide, paramount, we know this is the right step to take.
Mass Youth Soccer will evaluate conditions on a continuing basis to determine when it is appropriate to reinstate our affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities.  Further communications will be provided via email and on our website.

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