May 5 – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the US has said that all clubs can use of outdoor team training pitches from tomorrow (May 6) as long as the follow the league’s medical task force ‘Return to Play Phased Protocol’.
The protocol covers health and safety guidelines and requires clubs to follow all federal, state and local mandates. The league said it will control the progression through each phase.
Full team training is still banned until at least May 15.
The league said the following principles apply to all phases of the league’s return to play protocol:
– All activity must follow government, state and local mandates
– Each team must have approval from their medical staff to advance to the next phase
Teams should limit staff to the essential personnel necessary to conduct each phase of training and competition
– Players will undergo a daily symptom screening prior to entering team facilities
– Players who are fulfilling self-quarantine for any reason are not permitted to train with other individuals or at team facilities
– Players, coaches and staff who are sick or have close contact with individuals who are sick must inform the team’s Certified Athletic Trainer, stay home, and not participate in training
– All individuals should practice good hand hygiene, and avoid touching their face, nose and eyes with their hands as much as possible. Clubs will thoroughly clean and disinfect all commonly touched surfaces daily
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