On behalf of everyone at U.S. Soccer, we hope all of you and your families remain healthy
and safe during this difficult time.
As previously communicated, U.S. Soccer has postponed or cancelled a number of scheduled
events through April 30. Our internal COVID-19 working group, under the leadership
of our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. George Chiampas, continues to meet regularly
and we have discussed extending that postponement. While no decision has been made
of as yet, if/when there are updates to our programming schedules, we will share
Additionally, like most of you, our staff has been working from home while offices
are closed due to shelter-in-place directives from state government officials.
While we are still working remotely, please note the following closures:
- Carson (Dignity Health Sports Park) follows California guidance (ordered 3/19/20).
WFH through April 20.
- Chicago (Soccer House) follows Illinois guidance (ordered 3/21/20). WFH through
- Kansas City (National Development Center) follows Kansas guidance (ordered 3/21/20).
WFH through April 23.
Finally, our COVID-19 working group has been working with our Communications and Content
team to create a PR campaign to reinforce the most important guidance begin shared
by Dr. Chiampas and other health leaders, which is: stay home to save lives.
We plan to put a soccer spin on the message and encourage everyone to "Bend the
Curve: STAY HOME."
Similar to past joint efforts (i.e. during World Cups), we will be providing graphics
and copy for your use and distribution and will amplify any social media posts
related to the Bend the Curve campaign. Please be on the lookout for more information
about that campaign in the coming days.
While we remain vigilant to the evolving situation globally and domestically, our thoughts
are with each of you as the COVID crisis has impacted so many people and countries
in different ways. Some brief reminders of what you can do to continue to "bend
"Stay at Home"
Things You CAN Do
- Go to the grocery store or pharmacy
- Order delivery or take out from a restaurant
- Call a plumber or electrician
- Go to the bank, post office or gas station
- Go for a run or walk with your dog
- Practice social distancing
Things You CAN'T Do
- Buy more than you need
- Travel for non-essential purposes
- Visit a playground
- Go to the gym, or dine in at a restaurant
- Gather in groups
"Social Distancing" is the practice of reducing close contact between
people to slow the spread of infections or diseases. Measures to take include limiting
large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and or canceling events.
Keep at least 6'-8' distance between yourself and others.
- Visitors in your home
- Mass transit systems
- Non-essential workers in your home
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
- Cover your mouth when you cough
- If you sneeze use a tissue and wash your hands immediately
- Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth as much as possible
- Clean down frequently used spaces in your home such as kitchen, bathroom and door
and cabinet handles
- Assure you have secured any medications you or your family needs for a 30-90 day
- Check for any symptoms of "fever, cough, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue or
even diarrhea at times
- Recognize that unless you are a "high risk" individual or moderately or severely
ill the guidance is to stay home
- If you feel you need to be seen by a health care provider try to call in advance
for assistance and direction
- A Fever is a temperature above 100.4F
- Use Tylenol only as directed for fever and pain control
- Stay hydrated and assure appropriate nutrition and sleep to optimize yourself and
- Please see COVID "Testing Decision Tree" Attached
For Further Information
Please look after yourselves and your family, friends, and community during this time.
If you have additional questions, please let us know, and we will do our best to