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2021 MSYSA cup covid protocols

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The Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) is committed to providing the safest environment possible for all the players, coaches, referees, and parents.  As we prepare for the 2021 MSYSA Cup Events, it is important that we work together, support one another, and adhere to all established guidelines at the state, county, and local levels to successfully conduct our programs.

Please note the following protocols that will be in place for all MSYSA State and Presidents Cup events in 2021.

  • Team managers are required to make sure that players who have a temperature above 100.4 or are displaying any COVID symptoms are not present at the cup competition.
  • Teams will be on the opposite side of the field. 
  • Spectators will not be allowed inside of the fenced area; they must watch game from outside.
  • Benches will be removed/not used for cup competition. 
  • Coaches must separate 6-foot areas designated for each player on sideline using cones.
  • Coaches, and spectators must wear a mask at all times.  Players must wear a mask unless on the game field for warm-ups or the actual game.  If teams meet before the match, at halftime, or at the end of the match, then all players must wear a mask at this time.
  • Social distancing rules will be enforced whenever possible.
  • The home team will supply the game balls.  They must be wiped down before the match and at halftime.
  • All event staff will receive pre-event training on protocols and guidelines.
  • Teams must leave bench area immediately at the conclusion of the match; teams for the next match cannot come to the field area until the bench area is completely cleared.
  • No sharing of water bottles, drinks, food, or personal items.
  • Hand contact of any kind is not permitted.

These protocols will be updated as additional information is changed/received from either the state or from local jurisdictions.

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