FRIENDLY GAME HOST & COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

UPDATED: JUNE 29

In order to host an Illinois Youth Soccer (“IYSA”) approved Friendly Games in Illinois the Hosting Organization (“Host”) must be in good standing with the IYSA and have its teams and players currently registered with the IYSA through an IYSA Member League from the time of submission of the IYSA Friendly Games Application through the dates of the Friendly Games.  All teams must use currently registered players and coaches who have a valid pass from their Member Organization.

The Friendly Games must not involve more than four teams and the teams must be of one age group, application/participation fees must not be charged and trophies may not be presented. Each team may pay referee game fees or applicable field rental fee. If more than four teams in one age group are involved, the event is no longer considered Friendly Games and the Host must apply for tournament status even if the Host does not provide trophies or collect fees. 

In order to host an IYSA approved Friendly Games event in Illinois during Restore Illinois Phase 4 of the COVID-19 crisis, the Host must abide by the following COVID-19 requirements,  the Illinois Youth Soccer Protocol for Phase 4the Restore Illinois Youth Sports Reopening Guidelines for Phase 4, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

In addition, teams must also submit the following based on their opponent

Friendly vs Another Illinois Youth Soccer Member Team

If an Illinois Youth Soccer member is playing a friendly vs another Illinois Youth Soccer member team you must submit the following to katie@illinoisyouthsoccer.org prior to your match.

  1. The Host must submit IYSA Application to Host a Friendly Game.  Approval will be withdrawn if this Agreement and Application are not on file with the IYSA prior to the start of the Friendly Games. 

  2. BOTH teams must submit to the IYSA the signed IYSA Organization Communicable Disease Agreement

  3. Roster for both teams

  4. IYSA Communicable Disease Waivers: THESE DO NOT NEED TO BE SENT TO KATIE, BUT TEAMS MUST HAVE ON FILE TO SEND UPON REQUEST

Friendly vs a US Youth Soccer Member Team From A State Other Than Illinois

For a friendly vs a US Youth Soccer member team from a state other than Illinois, you must send the following to katie@illinoisyouthsoccer.org no later than 7 days prior to the match

  1. The Host must submit IYSA Application to Host a Friendly Game.  Approval will be withdrawn if this Agreement and Application are not on file with the IYSA prior to the start of the Friendly Games. 

  2. BOTH teams must submit to the IYSA the signed IYSA Organization Communicable Disease Agreement

  3. Roster for all teams

  4. Out of State Permission form from out of state opponent

  5. The IYSA Friendly Game Form NT. For each non-IYSA member team

  6. IYSA Communicable Disease Waivers: THESE DO NOT NEED TO BE SENT TO KATIE, BUT TEAMS MUST HAVE ON FILE TO SEND UPON REQUEST

Friendly vs Non-US Youth Soccer Member

For a Friendly vs a non-US Youth Soccer member that is a member of another US Soccer organization (US Club, ECNL, AYSO, etc.), you must send the following to katie@illinoisyouthsoccer.org no later than 7 days prior to the match:

  1. The Host must submit IYSA Application to Host a Friendly Game.  Approval will be withdrawn if this Agreement and Application are not on file with the IYSA prior to the start of the Friendly Games. 

  2. BOTH teams must submit to the IYSA the signed IYSA Organization Communicable Disease Agreement

  3. The IYSA Friendly Game Form NT. For each non-IYSA member team

  4. Written permission to participate from their US Soccer member organization (US Club, ECNL, AYSO, etc.)  

  5. Rosters for all teams

  6. Out of State Permission form from out of state opponent

  7. IYSA Communicable Disease Waivers: THESE DO NOT NEED TO BE SENT TO KATIE, BUT TEAMS MUST HAVE ON FILE TO SEND UPON REQUEST

Although there is a decline in the rate of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, it is still a major issue. This disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors.  Social distancing should NOT be taken lightly, and all aspects of the game environment must be assessed and modified to identify and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

 

The IYSA does not provide any insurance coverage for Covid-19 related claims.  Failure to follow IYSA policies and procedures, the state and local government public health orders, CDC guidelines and IYSA protocol including these requirements involving COVID-19 or any other communicable disease may void medical and liability coverage for your organization under the IYSA insurance placements. 

 

Your organization is expected to strictly comply with the state, local and CDC guidelines for the resumption of play and seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in your area if you have specific questions.

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