Return to Play Guidelines

Gulf Coast Youth Soccer Club is adopting and implementing the US Soccer Federation Play-on: Return to Play (RTP) Protocol to guide our operations through the fall season and beyond or until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

The USSF Return to Play protocol provides an easy to read guideline for all participants to follow. It also allows for additional requirements or orders by local authorities such as social distancing, face masks or event size to be integrated into the plan. VIDEO: USSF FIVE PHASES OVERVIEW

This phased approach provides a gradual approach to return to play after a layoff and an orderly process to revert to an earlier phase, if needed or required by government officials. Each phase represents a different stage of progress required to achieve the goal of playing with no restrictions related to COVID-19 (Phase IV). These Guidelines & Best Practices will follow all state and local guidelines.



Participant and Spectator Safety

Participant and spectator safety are our upmost concern at Gulf Coast Soccer. We will conduct preseason training for all club administrators, staff, coaches, team managers and parents, to ensure that everyone understands the health and safety guidelines and protocols for each phase and how to implement them.

Operational Planning

Of the (5) five phases, it is mainly phases 3, 2 and 1 that participants would most likely encounter this fall. The primary differences between these phases is the size and structure of training and/or games, the number of spectators allowed, and the social distancing requirements placed on them. Other than a Phase 0 Stay at Home and Shelter order, the club should be able to operate for most age groups throughout the fall season. Phase 5 is an all-clear, no restrictions due to COVID-19. 


NOTE: This page will be updated regularly until all restrictions are lifted