Major League Soccer announced today teams can start using “outdoor team training fields for small group training sessions” as long as the clubs stay in compliance with health and safety protocols.
MLS says in its release the protocols were created “in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts,” and all small group training sessions are voluntary. The sessions also may not conflict with local public health official or government policies.
Similar to the individual team workouts, MLS is requiring teams to submit a “club-specific” plan before they can have small group sessions. For the small group trainings, “clubs must utilize outdoor fields” because the indoor training facilities remain closed to all players except those requiring medical treatment or injury rehab.
The league is also keeping the “league-wide moratorium” on full team training sessions in place through June 1.
One of the main differences from the MLS protocols compared to the health officials recommendations is MLS says players should be “spaced at least 10 feet apart” instead of just six feet. Coaches and technical staff may give direction from the sidelines, but they may not enter the field where players are, and the staff must wear masks at all times.
Goalies are also not allowed to spit into their gloves, and after each training session goaltenders must “clean, disinfect and sanitize” their gloves.
Check below if you’re curious about the full list of the MLS guidelines for small group training sessions.
From Major League Soccer Press Release:
During small group sessions, clubs must continue to maintain the health and safety protocols implemented for the voluntary individual workout sessions, including:
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