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Information and updates regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

****NCYSA Update March 1, 2021 

March 1, 2021
To: Member Associations Presidents, CEOs/Executive Directors, Directors of Coaching, Head Registrars, Classic Liaisons, Challenge          Liaisons, Recreation Liaisons, Risk Management Coordinator

RE: Covid Update

Governor Cooper continued the mask mandate in his Wednesday update, Executive Order 195, which expires March 26, 2021. No changes were made to the requirement for face coverings nor the exception list.

Original Document released by NCYSA NCYSA Update 3.1.21

*****UPDATE On 

In clarification of the memo sent on 11-30-2020 (and reproduced below), the subject of the limited exceptions to the mask mandate and how to address those exemptions are addressed here.

Pursuant to Governor Cooper’s Order #180 and the corresponding guidance of the NCDHHS, there are limited exemptions to the requirement of wearing a mask. For purposes of soccer, referees will not make any attempt to determine the validity of any claimed exemption.

The procedures below must be used to establish a player’s exemption. Ultimately, and at all times, it is up to each official to judge their own level of risk exposure in determining whether they will continue to officiate a match or not in light of the number of potentially claimed exemptions. The more claims, the more a team will run the risk that one or more officials will determine it is unsafe for them to proceed and simply not call the game. This is always the right of the official.

For any participant claiming an exemption, that participant, including officials, must make the claim known to the referee through the coach or adult team captain before the match begins. Once claimed, assuming the officials are willing to proceed, no further action is required.

For any participant who has not previously claimed an exemption, but who for any reason encounters difficulty functioning with a mask during play, that participant should be allowed to isolate from the other participants while still on the field, remove the mask to recover, and replace it when ready to rejoin the game. They may also be permitted to leave the field as if injured and return again with permission of the referee or be substituted. If the participant remains on the field they are still considered as a player for the Laws of the Game, including offside judgments, but they may not resume active participation until they have put the mask back on.

*****UPDATE On 

Under revised Governor's Order all participants in a soccer match must wear a face mask at all times, including active play 

With the latest revision to Governor
Cooper's COVID19 Restrictions Order ALL personnel at a soccer game must be wearing a face mask covering their mouth and nose, including officials and players, even while the game is underway. It is not optional. Referees are NOT to actively enforce this through cautions, send offs, etc.

Referees should, as with our earlier COVID19 procedural instructions, request compliance from players and coaches. In the event of non-compliance, referees are directed to stop the match until compliance is observed and if this cannot be achieved in a reasonable time frame the officials are directed to abandon the game and report the non-compliance. By way of example, a player tries to enter the field as a substitute but he does not have a mask on. The referee should request the player to obtain a mask so the game can resume. The game will NOT resume unless all personnel are appropriately masked. If the player will not or cannot comply he can leave the field and team bench area and the game can restart or if he does not leave, the game will be abandoned. Since all personnel should be wearing a mask at all times, non-compliance should be easily discerned before a player ever gets on the field.

*****UPDATE: On July 21, 2020

SSYSA is actively reviewing options to provide our players and families a fun and safe fall soccer season.  

More information should be provided at the end of Phase II, currently scheduled for 8/7/20. 

Our hope is that circumstances surrounding this virus will improve and concerns will diminish so that the precautionary suspension can be lifted to allow us the time and opportunity to return to play.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time 


*****UPDATE: On July 14, 2020

From NC Youth Soccer
Re: Phase II Extended Until August 7 in NC

NCYSA will continue with the current guidelines in place from June 2nd until the end of phase II, now extended to August 7th.  

Updates will follow as we have additional information

*****UPDATE: On April 1, 2020 NCYSA extended the suspension to April 30, 2020

Effective March 12, 2020, NCYSA has issued an immediate suspension of all sanctioned youth soccer events including but not limited to games, practices, and tournaments, until at least April 1st 2020.

At this time, SSYSA (Walnut Cove, Sandy Ridge, Lawsonville) has made the following decisions:

  • April 1st practices will resume for all SSYSA teams
  • Games will resume on April 4th
  • Season will still end on Saturday May 16th
  • Adjustments to the schedule will be made to allow for the normal amount of games per season
  • In the event that the suspension is extended beyond our ability to fulfil the spring season, registration fees will be transferred to the next season your child plays.   
  • Additional information will be passed along as we are informed by NCYSA

Attached is the official notice sent by NCYSA today, along with a link to their website.  You many also check the SSYSA website and Facebook page for continued updates.


Thank you for your patience and understanding


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