COVID-19 - What you need to know

WSA and Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (“MYSA”) is dedicated to protecting the health of all people in and outside of our community.  MYSA has updated its protocols and policies for the spring season at their new COVID HUB.

Participants, parents, family, and spectators taking part in soccer and soccer-related activities do so with the knowledge of risk and potential exposure involved. In doing so, they agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health.

What Everyone Needs to Know:

Effective May 19, 2021:

  • All players 18 years old and younger do not need to wear masks while on the field of play. 
  • All players and adults 19 years old and older must still wear masks at all times when they cannot be socially distant from everyone else.   
  • Spectators do not have to wear masks provided they are able to maintain 6-foot distancing.
  • Complete MYSA Update


  • Please review more category-specific rules/guidelines on tabs below
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick, especially with any of the COVID-19 symptoms
  • If anyone has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the affected individual or Parent/Guardian should contact our COVID Safety Officer, Michael Kilkelly, immediately.
  • Everyone within the boundaries of our playing fields must abide by the safety rules
  • Family units may be together but must maintain 6-feet social distance from other family groups.
  • Do not congregate or linger on fields or parking lots.
  • ENTER and EXIT fields according to this diagram (click on image to enlarge)
  • If you have any questions, CONTACT US.

More Details Below:


  • Only a mask which attaches around the ears is allowed, so as not to cause any injury if accidentally tugged or pulled on.   No around-the-head or neck masks (i.e. gaitors) are permitted.
  • No group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, etc
  • Have your own hand sanitizer with you.
  • Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves — do not use your hands.
  • Your belongings should remain in your space when not in use.
  • Bring your own equipment (water bottle, ball, shin guards, jacket, GK Gloves (if required), etc.)
  • Do not touch anyone else’s equipment.  No sharing is permitted.
  • Wash and sanitize your equipment before and after each training.
  • CDC guidelines for playing sports


  • Bringing your child to practice or games means your child does not have any signs of illness. Follow all CDC guidelines regarding participation in activities.
  • A mask with earloops is required for players.  A mask that wraps around the head or head and neck of players (i.e. gaiter) will be considered dangerous equipment and cannot be used.
  • Ensure that your child has a water bottle, equipment (ball and GK Gloves if necessary), light and dark shirt (no shared scrimmage vests will be provided).
  • Be sure your child has the necessary sanitizer with them at every session.
  • When dropping off your player for a practice or game, make sure they have their mask on.
  • Ensure your child’s personal equipment, cleats, balls, shin guards etc. are cleaned and sanitized before and after every training.
  • Ensure your child’s clothing is washed after every session.
  • Do not assist the coach with the equipment before or after a training session.
  • Ensure athletes arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice. No recreational play or loitering is allowed on the fields or in the parking lot.
  • CDC resource for playing sports
  • CDC Guidelines for Attending Sporting Events


MYSA Coaches Toolkit  to guide you throughout the season



WSA Coaching Requirements

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Before you can sign up for a practice slot, the following must be completed:

Before stepping on the field with your team, you must:



  • Effective May 19, 2021, masks are not required by Spectators when 6’ of social distance can be maintained. If this distance is not maintained masks must be worn.
  • Do not congregate anywhere at the facility
  • CDC Guidelines for Attending Sporting Events
  • Spectators must bring their own chairs, if so desired


Online Attendance Tracking form 

Paper Attendance Log Sheet

  • Assistant coach or parent should occupy the role as the COVID Coordinator
  • Head coaches and other coaches not in that role should be well versed in the roles and responsibilities of the COVID Coordinator in the event that the COVID Coordinator cannot attend a practice/game
  • COVID coordinator responsibilities/checklist
  • Complete MYSA registration
  • Watch recording of COVID coordinator education [ start at hour/minute/second 1:02:45  and watch for 30 minutes]
  • These are the screening questions for practice and game, players and coaches:
    • How are you feeling today?
      • If the individual says they feel unwell, or they look unwell, they should be sent home.
    • Are you experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19?
    • Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for Covid-19 or been exposed to anyone who has tested positive? If yes, when?
    • Have you traveled outside of New England in the last 14 days?
  • Keep submit or keep attendance sheets.

Effective May 19, 2021, masks are not required by referees when 6’ of social distance can be maintained. If this distance is not maintained masks must be worn.

Esssex County YSA Referee Info

Any questions concerning referees can be addressed to: [email protected]