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Training

(May 1, 2020) – Major League Soccer today announced that as of Wednesday, May 6, players may begin to use outdoor team training fields for individual workouts, in compliance with detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts.  All individual workouts are voluntary and may not be in conflict with local public health official or government policies.

By allowing players, on a voluntary basis, to utilize team-operated fields for individual workouts, MLS clubs will be able to provide a controlled environment that ensures adherence to safety protocols and social distancing measures for players and staff.

The individual player workout protocol prohibits access to club facilities including but not limited to locker rooms, team gyms, and team training rooms. Team gyms and training rooms may still only be accessed by players receiving post-operative and rehabilitation treatment, as directed by the club’s Chief Medical Officer.

Prior to initiating any individual player workouts, every team must submit to MLS a club-specific plan that outlines how the team will implement health and safety protocols, including:

•    Restricting training facility access to essential staff only, with specific staff listed in the plan.

•    Sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, including disinfection of any equipment used by players (balls, cones, goals) between every session.

•    Completion of a Standard Screening Assessment survey by each player prior to every arrival at the training site, and temperature checks upon arrival at the facility.

•    Staggered player and staff arrivals and departures, with designated parking spaces to maintain maximum distance between vehicles.

•    Player use of personal protective equipment from the parking lot to the field, and again on return to the parking lot.

•    Staff use of the appropriate personal protective equipment throughout training, while also maintaining a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.

•    Hand washing and disinfectant stations for required use before and after individual workouts.

•    Clubs will have the use of the outdoor fields at their training facility, divided into a maximum of four quadrants per field. A maximum of one player per quadrant may participate per training session with no equipment sharing or playing (passing, shooting) between players. 

•    An Emergency Action Plan for all COVID-19 related issues.

All plans must be reviewed and approved by the club’s medical staff and local infectious disease expert before submitting to Major League Soccer. Every club will designate a member of the staff to oversee adherence to MLS-recommended protocols and club-specific implementation plan.

In addition, each club will also be responsible for confirming communication of these protocols to players and team staff.

The league-wide moratorium on small group and full team training remains in place through, and including, Friday, May 15.

 

(April 2, 2020) - Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, April 24. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence.

While MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, MLS will continue to review individual requests by players to relocate to another market by car, taking into account the totality of a player’s situation.

MLS will remain in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and provide further updates as they become available

 

Matches Suspended

(April 17, 2020) – MLS remains focused on exploring a wide variety of formats for playing the entire 2020 season including pushing back MLS Cup into December or later. Based on the most recent government guidance, we have extended the moratorium on matches until at least June 8. Like all leagues, we are in discussion with our players about changes to player compensation due to the financial impact on the league and our clubs from the COVID-19 Crisis. We are seeking to work collaboratively with the MLSPA to find a solution that provides a safety net for all players, opportunity to earn full salary in the scenario where all matches are played with fans, and in particular provides protection for the players at the lower end of the salary scale.

(April 14, 2020) – Major League Soccer continues to regularly evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how it will affect our plans for the 2020 season. Although we hoped to return to play in mid-May, that is extremely unlikely based on the guidance of federal and local public health authorities. Our goal remains to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognize at this time that it may become difficult to do so.  We continue to learn more every day from the medical experts, and we expect to have additional details in the coming weeks regarding when we can return to play. As we have throughout this process, we will update our fans with every decision, and we thank them for their support and understanding during this extremely challenging time.

(March 19, 2020) – In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.

 

·       List of postponed MLS matches

·       MLS institutes team training moratorium through March 20

·       eMLS Cup postponed

·       Concacaf suspends Champions League tournament

·       Concacaf suspends men’s Olympic qualifying

·       USL suspends Championship and League One seasons

·       2020 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup temporarily suspended

·       US Soccer cancels all men's and women's national team games

·       Canada Soccer cancels upcoming men, women's international friendlies

 

Tickets for postponed matches

All tickets for postponed games will be honored when they are played later in the season. If you already have a ticket to a match, that existing ticket will grant admission to the rescheduled contest and no further action is needed. For any other questions or further information, fans should contact their Account Services Representative or 408.556.7700.

COVID-19 Information for MLS Fans

The health and safety of League and club employees, players and fans is of utmost importance to Major League Soccer. We have created a League Office Task Force that is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Canada (HC), infectious disease specialists and other public health entities to receive the most updated information and guidance.

Six easy steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus

1.     Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

2.     Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

3.     Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash.

4.     Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

5.     Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

6.     Stay home when you are sick.

 

Links for COVID-19 information

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Canada

World Health Organization