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Guidelines for sports are fluid and subject to change at any point based on governmental requirements. Should the state loosen or tighten any restrictions during the season, IYSA will follow those changes and update these protocols.


Per the current Illinois All Sports Policy “All participants must wear a face covering that fully covers their nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps, whether indoors or outdoors”

Face coverings are always required for players, coaches, referees and spectators.   Those that fail to do so will be removed from play.

Players should have multiple masks with them to change masks throughout the game should they become sweat soaked.


When located in a region not facing specific mitigation efforts outlined in the Restore Illinois guidelines, organizations that decide to allow spectators must abide by all requirements in the All Sports Policy Staffing and Attendance

 At this time, to ensure that players get the most opportunity to participate IYSA recommends no spectators at this time.  Should your organization decide to allow spectators in addition to requiring face coverings the following guidelines must be in place.

  • All spectators must have face covering and must stay 6 feet apart.



  • Teams should have 6 feet of space between players on the sidelines. When possible players should bring their own chairs to sit in while not playing or sit on the grass instead of using benches.  If benches are used, multiple benches should be placed to allow for 6-feet of space or greater between players.

  • During player check-in 6 feet of distance should be kept at all time between players, coaches and referees

  • The Pre-game meeting and coin toss must be limited to one (1) captain per team or one (1) coach per team.  Each team representative shall stand on each side of the mid field line with a distance of 6 feet or greater maintained at all time.

  • No Pre-Game handshakes

  • Any ball to be used during gameplay should be sanitized prior to the match and not used for any warm-ups

 During Game

  • Players not playing should be sat at least 6-feet apart from one another and must properly wear a mask

  • Each player should have their own designated area for them to sit when they come off the field

  • No sharing of water bottles, pinnies or other equipment.

  • Group goal celebration including hugs, high fives, etc. should be suspended at this time


  • Post game handshakes are suspended.  Teams can show good sportsmanship by sharing a round of applause at the conclusion of the match.

  • Team should promptly leave the field following the conclusion of the match. NO post game team meetings.


  • Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and those designated as close contacts must quarantine and follow all state-issued requirements before returning to activity.
  • All families returning from spring break travel must follow the same guidelines for soccer as required by child's school to attend their classes.

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