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Return to Play Update - September 1, 2020

By Bryan O'Donnell, 09/03/20, 10:15PM PDT


See the most up to date information on our return to play plan!

Hello NYSA Coaches, Families, and Players;

As we approach Labor Day weekend, we wanted to provide an update to our Return to Play Plan.  NYSA has been providing the Northshore area with quality soccer programs since the early 1970’s and we have never gone into Labor Day weekend with more questions, comments, and concerns about the season.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all norms have changed as we are living, for a time being, in a new world.  On the soccer side, players have not been able to head out to the local sports store to get new shoes, balls, and shin guards in preparation for the upcoming soccer season.  Many of our players have not been able to attend practice, meet new friends, and share class schedules with their teammates hoping to get the best teacher.  On top of this, soccer, much like school, looks and feels different for players, families, and coaches.  This anticipation and not knowing what a new season will look like or when it will star has caused varying levels of anxiety for our entire soccer community and we wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on what we have been doing behind the scenes to ensure we are ready to go once we get the official go ahead. 

Rosters have been posted to our new website and are ready for you to access!  You can get to the roster via the website and clicking in the top corner under My Team(s) or you can download the SportsEngine App for Andriod or iPhone and log in.  The app will allow teams to post schedules (practice and games), hold a team chat, send emails, and post pictures.  This will be a great new communication tool for families.  

Coaches, if you have not done so already please fill out the coach registration form on our website ( so that we can properly link you to your team and give you permissions to update schedules and send out information to the families who are on your team.  

The NYSA Board of Directors and staff are currently finalizing plans for the 2020 Fall Season for rec, select, and premier soccer assuming that we can enter into Phase 3.  We are working diligently with the leagues our teams participate in (U13+ rec in D2, select in NPSL, and premier in RCL) as well as, our own internal league for U6-U12 rec soccer with the hope of starting games on or around September 26th.  Our hope is that teams will have some time to practice before this target date, but that will depend on the availability of local fields as all providers have different guidelines on if/when they will release fields for community use.  We are working with Washington Youth Soccer and utilizing local health guidelines/best practices on how to proceed with the expectation that the season will look different this year.  Some of the potential changes include:

  1. Limited to no spectators allowed at games to ensure we are in compliance with Washington States reopening plan and guidelines for Phase 3.  
  2. Teams will be on opposite sides of the field to help with social distancing.
    1. Player passes will look significantly different for the season.  For rec players we will not permit player passes between teams, North Puget Sound League (NSC teams) has indicated they will not allow player passes, and the Regional Club League (Sound FC teams) will allow player movement, but this will be more restrictive than in years past. Players may still be move up to a higher level after their season is complete.  By not allowing and/or restricting player passes and the in season sharing of players, we will be better able to control and reduce cross team contamination.

As stated earlier, the date we have picked is totally dependent on reaching Phase 3 and is everyone’s best guess based on current trends.  However, to make this guess a reality, we need everyone in the soccer community to continue to be diligent about wearing a mask, washing their hands, and avoiding large gatherings over this holiday weekend.  In the past, we have seen spikes in infections after holiday weekends and the only way we will get your child(ren) back on the field is to avoid another holiday spike.

For the time being, we want to thank everyone for their patience and immense understanding you have shown as we navigate these uncharted waters.  Be sure to cherish this time with your children, support one another, and continue to stay healthy and happy!  We look forward to getting our entire soccer community back on the field soon!

Thank you;
Bryan O’Donnell
Northshore Youth Soccer Association