By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
July 1, 2020-The big question throughout the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), from players, coaches, referees, spectators and the media, is when will organized soccer reboot?
July 6 is the date to start training for all areas in at least Phase 3 and that should entail all of New York State by then. US Soccer guidelines allow for small group training with a maximum of nine players and one coach who maintain social distancing.
On July 27, full team training is allowed but still maintain social distancing. Allow three weeks for coronavirus tracking purposes.
August 17 is the reboot date for games while considering only local and single day competitions. Large events would have to be approved by the local government.
“After a tumultuous spring that has seen over 25,000 New Yorkers die from the virus, we are very happy that the number of illnesses and deaths here have decreased substantially and allow us to restart organized soccer,” commented ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. “We're very excited that kids will be able to be kids once again in enjoying the world’s most popular sport.”
Of course, for any organized soccer to be played from July 6 on is dependent on the necessary field permits being issued. The dates above that Eastern New York leagues, clubs and teams will be following adhere to the guidelines of both New York State and US Soccer.