“With the health and safety of membership as our guiding priority, NJ Youth Soccer will continue to provide communication with member leagues and clubs regarding Return To Play and the fall season. As a reminder to parents and players, if you are not comfortable or ready to return to play, don’t. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our members. We also encourage you to review the resources listed below for questions you may have regarding Return To Play. Thank you for your continued support. We are New Jersey Youth Soccer.”


Responsibilities of Parents to keep children Safe and healthy during the season:

  • Ensure that your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature before activities with others. No known exposure to a person with COVID-19 in 14 days.
  • Ensure that your child arrives to practice with own equipment (ball, water bottle, shin guards, and goalie gloves – these can no longer be shared by players)
  • Adhere to proper social distance requirements on the sidelines during practices and games.
  • Ensure washing (e.g. Hands) takes place after every training.
  • Ensure that clothes and equipment (clothes, cleats, ball, shin guards) are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify the club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Be sure that your child has necessary sanitizing products at every practice and game.


Basic safety guidelines


No Player, Coach, Referee or Spectator should be present at any game if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have a reasonable suspicion that they may have been exposed to someone who does.

Anyone planning to attend a game as a Player, Coach, Referee or Spectator should take their temperature before leaving home and should stay home if their temperature is higher than 100.4 F.

Masks, Social Distancing and Hygiene
Anyone planning to attend a game as a Player, Coach, Referee or Spectator should wear a mask from the parking lot to the field, and from the field to the parking lot.

Coaches should continue to wear their masks if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Players are not required to wear masks on the field during the game, but may do so.
When on the sidelines, players should wear masks and spread out their gear and themselves from center line to goal line. Only players waiting to substitute should approach the center line.

Referees are not required to wear masks on the field during the game, but may do so.
They must wear a mask at all times when not on the field (e.g. during halftime).

  • No handshaking or physical contact between players, coaches and referees at the field.
  • No sharing of water bottles.
  • No spitting on the field.

During the Game

  • No physical contact (handshakes, high fives, hugs) between players celebrating a goal or a win.
  • Deliberate physical contact of any kind is prohibited.
  • Use common sense when dealing with players and coaches to limit contact on and off the field.

After the Game

  • No post-game handshakes or physical contact between players, coaches and referees.
  • Spectators should remain on their side of the field and allow the players to go to them.
  • All should vacate the field immediately after the game, wearing masks and avoiding physical contact.

covid guidelines for fall 2021

As the Fall 2021 outdoor season is upon us, New Jersey Youth Soccer would like to remind all members, coaches and players regarding Return To Play as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On May 28, 2021, Governor Murphy followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health to remove all restrictions regarding COVID-19 and Return to Play activities.

It is important to note that there may be changes in the number of cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 as we enter the fall and winter months. NJYS continues to encourage everyone involved in youth soccer to be vigilant in practicing the common sense health activities that reduce the risk of transmitting all infectious diseases, including coronavirus. 

The CDC and the Governor’s Office encourages everyone to get vaccinated, especially those who are medically compromised. 

Other health activities to reduce the risk of disease include:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Staying home if you are feeling ill. Wearing masks when appropriate and 
  • Maintaining social distancing among all participants while at our soccer fields. 

Although masks are not required outdoors, those who feel comfortable wearing them should feel free to do so.

As you know, the COVID-19 response will continue to evolve and information is expected to change quickly. NJ Youth Soccer will continue to follow the guidance from state and health officials and communicate these changes in a timely manner. 

We understand the challenge this may pose for parents and, nonetheless, urge us all to adhere to these parameters that currently provide an opportunity for players to train and compete during this difficult time.

Thank you for your continued support of youth soccer.