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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Southeast will be following the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health, and the return to play phases and protocols developed by Minnesota Youth Soccer Association in collaboration with the MDH and CDC.

You can view these guidelines and protocols HERE.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Southeast Soccer Club


Southeast Soccer Club (hereinafter referred to as “the club”) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our staff, players, members, and fans. To ensure we have a safe and healthy environment, Southeast Soccer Club has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players and staff are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our communities, and that requires full cooperation among our players, staff, and management. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons.

The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by the club staff, who maintain the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, staff, coaches, managers, parents, and players are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. 


Training Protocols

  • On March 13, 2020, the club suspended all club activities until further notice in an abundance of caution.

  • On May 20, 2020, the club cancelled our summer season.

  • On July 6, 2020 the club plans on resuming soccer training, complying with Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, Minnesota Youth Soccer Associations' Phased Return to Play guidelines

  • We are currently in Phase 3 of the Return to Play plan set by Minnesota state recommendations.


  1. Use the Minnesota Department of Health’s Self-Screening tool before every session: o 

  2. If a player/coach thinks they are sick, stay home! Specifically: symptoms of acute respiratory disease (i.e. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), fever, sudden loss of smell or taste, OR been diagnosed with COVID-19 (which would follow state-mandated quarantine requirements). 

  3. If a coach, administrator, or official has a concern about a player's health, they have the ability to send the player home. 

  4. Social Distancing 

    1. Trainings will consist of no more than 25 people at the training (24 players and 1 coach or trainer, 23 players and 2 coaches or trainers). 

    2.  Trainings will have proper social distancing for each player and coach at all times. 

    3.  No physical contact including huddles, handshakes, and high-fives. 

    4. The number of allowed “pods” on various field sizes: § No more than 4 pods of 10 or 2 pods of 25 on an 11v11 field; § No more than 2 pods of 10- or 1 pod of 25 on a 9v9 field; § No more than 1 pod of 10 on a 7v7 field.

    5. Only players rostered on the specific team may train together. No scrimmages or guest players at team trainings. 

    6. Parents and spectators must follow government social distancing guidelines, i.e. parents to remain in vehicle when comfortable. Parents or spectators are not allowed at training without explicit permission from the club. 


  1. Equipment 

    1.  Equipment should be disinfected before and after trainings, equipment should be provided by the club. Where possible, communal equipment should only be handled by the coach.  

    2. “Pinnies” shall be individually distributed to each player and used by that player for the season, and washed in between each team contact. 

    3. Balls should not be handled with their hands, by any player, with the exception of the goalkeeper with gloves on. 

    4. Player’s water and personal equipment should not be shared, and should be placed at least 6 feet apart to ensure breaks are also properly distanced. 

    5. Hand sanitizer should be used by each player before, during, and after trainings, supplied by the player. 

    6. Masks are required for coaches and/or trainers at the fields as long as they are still recommended by the State of Minnesota. 


  1. Training Schedule 

    1. Teams entering fields for trainings should wait until all players from previous practice have left. 

    2. Stagger trainings by 15 minutes to allow ample time or in/out flow of traffic. 


  1.  Phase 3 (Full Training Environment & Scrimmages/Matches) - Updated as of June 24th, 2020

    1. All rules of Phase 2 apply except as noted below. 

      1. Contact is allowed within the training environment. o 

      2. Clubs/teams should still keep pod sizes to 25 and intermixing between pods should be kept to a minimum. 

      3. Scrimmages/Matches 

        1. Starting on June 24, scrimmages/matches may resume. Please note that the pod/gathering size requirement only applies to trainings/practices, not scrimmages/matches. 

        2. Adhere to social distancing recommendations when participants are not playing (on the bench, sideline, etc.). 

        3. MDH recommends the following phasing: § Starting on June 24, begin with inter-team scrimmages as part of practice. § Two weeks later, focus on playing teams in your local community, local club, or local organization. § After another two weeks, consider expanding to teams beyond your local community, but consider COVID-19 case activity level and risk in those communities when making travel decisions. § We encourage everyone to follow this phased-in approach to not only comply with MDH’s guidelines, but also to prevent injuries as players haven’t played soccer with contact for some time.  

        4. MDH recommends the following behavior modifications for scrimmage/match play: § Teams and referees are not to engage in traditional sportsmanship gestures, such as post-match handshakes. Teams are encouraged to find new ways to show sportsmanship, for example give a wave or “air-five”. § If spectators do attend, they should limit the retrieval of soccer balls should they go out of play and let the players retrieve the ball. 


  1. People  

    1. Minimize crowding at games and practices as best as possible. Updated June 22, 2020 § Spectators should follow social distancing recommendations including the wearing of masks as well as maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other. § Athletes, volunteers, and coaches must follow facility requirements regarding wearing cloth face coverings or facemasks. Even if not required by the facility, athletes, volunteers, and coaches are expected to wear cloth face coverings or facemasks as much as possible when not participating in games. § For scrimmages/matches, try to have staggered starts and ensure that there is the possibility for social distancing amongst all spectators if they are present. § If scrimmages/matches are to have referees, contact your assignor. The Minnesota SRC has released guidelines for referees should matches have officials during this Phase. 


  1.  Follow the guidelines outlined by the hosting facility in terms of capacity and other social distancing measures. 


  1. Tournaments/Out-of-State Travel 

      1.  While not prohibited, it is recommended to play regionally to reduce the risk of geographic spread.