Return to Play Guidelines and Resources
Southlake Soccer is committed to providing all available resources for parents, players, and coaches so everyone can stay up to date with the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on playing soccer. Southlake’s number one priority is safety and compliance. Southlake will maintain compliance with guidelines from the State of Washington, Washington Youth Soccer, and all leagues that our players.
The below guidelines outlined by Washington Youth Soccer are in alignment with Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of updated sporting guidelines on March 22nd and continued amendments to the guidelines.
Guidelines by Phase
Phase 3 Guidelines (Current designation for all WA State counties)
See Washington Youth Soccer’s Guidelines and Documents HERE
- Indoor and outdoor training, practices and competitions allowed, with universal mask requirements for all participants including athletes, officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators unless subject to specific exceptions detailed in this document. See below for specific requirements for facial coverings.
- All outdoor sports spectators subject to current Healthy Washington guidelines on Spectators.
- For outdoor competitions without permanent seating; facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play are allowed a maximum of 150 people per field or area of play, including spectators.
- All indoor sports spectators subject to 50% capacity or 400-person maximum per room, whichever is lower, all participants including athletes, officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators are to be included in calculating the 400-person maximum. Facilities larger than 100,000 square feet allowed 50% capacity or 600 per room, whichever is lower, and all participants including athletes, officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators are to be included in calculating the 600 person maximum. Spectator groups from 1-10 people allowed in all facilities, but all spectator groups must maintain 6 feet of distance from other spectator groups.
- Facial Coverings: Updated guidelines by the Governor’s office on June 2nd, 2021 amending the previous guidance for masks.
- Fully Vaccinated Individuals
*** Nothing in this section repeals any of the other provisions found in this document. Rather, this
section creates limited exemptions for fully vaccinated individuals. ***
1. Participants/Customers: In accordance with the Secretary of Health’s Order 20-03.2, fully
vaccinated individuals are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering. A person is fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose
series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine
(Johnson and Johnson/Janssen).
- Fully vaccinated individuals are also exempt from physical distancing requirements.
- All Players are allowed to remove facial coverings for competitions. This does not include practices/trainings, unless fully vaccinated.
- Facial coverings must be worn by athletes when training or when not actively competing in a game or match against another team or when on the bench waiting to play, unless fully vaccinated. Coaches, trainers, spectators, volunteers and officials must wear face coverings at all times, unless fully vaccinated
- Officials and referees are allowed remove their facial coverings if officiating requires them to run in the field of play.
- Facial coverings required for indoor for all participants, including coaches, trainers, and officials.
- Tournaments are allowed. Specific guidelines for tournaments can be found on the updated sporting guidelines.
Additional General Safety Guidelines
- No person should attend a practice or game if they are feeling ill, have symptoms of COVID-19, been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have a family member who is currently sick
- Maintain social distancing of 6 or more feet at all times including arrivals, departures, and coaching instruction of players; this includes the field and the parking lot
- Mask wearing is required for all non-players (spectators, coaches, referees , or any other volunteers) while attending a practice or game unless fully vaccinated
- Masks are required for players and spectators when they are arriving and leaving the field, and when on the sidelines during games, including half-time unless fully vaccinated
- Requirement of all participants, coaches, referees, volunteers to practice good hygiene standards of washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and sanitizing shared equipment
- No handshakes, high-fives, or any other unnecessary touching is permitted by players, coaches, and spectators
Additional Game Day Guidelines for Moderate Level:
- Players shall not arrive more than 30 minutes prior the game starting
- All persons (players, coaches, spectators) must follow all general safety guidelines above
- Closed tents are not allowed, for rainy days it is recommended that all players bring their own umbrella to use on the sidelines
- Teams and spectators must follow the field setup guidelines