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COVID-19 Info and Updates

Ventura County COVID Information 

Ventura County Public Health Order FAQs updated Aug 20, 2020

State of CA - CDPH Sports Guidance



COVID-19 continues to pose a severe risk to communities and requires all people in California to follow recommended precautions. This guidance provides direction on outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adult sports activities to support a safe environment for these sports. The guidance applies to all organized youth sports and recreation— including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues — and adult recreational sports (hereafter youth and adult sports). This guidance does not apply to collegiate or professional sports. Additionally, this guidance does not apply to community events, such as marathons, half-marathons, and endurance races. 

Inter-team competitions (i.e., between two teams) resumed in California beginning January 25, 2021.  The guidelines outlined in this document shall take effect on February 26, 2021, as updated, effective March 5, 2021.

The status of return-to-competition is subject to change at any time given the level of COVID-19 transmission in California.

Message from Area Director

National AYSO Return to Play Guidelines

AYSO National Return To Play Guidelines 

Note: this is information provided by National AYSO. Providing this information on the Region 147 Website does not imply we are yet returning to play.

Return to Play Waiver (required)


  • Coaches should maintain social distancing requirements from players and family members.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice.
  • Utilize technique in isolation exercises, grid work, fitness and spatial awareness to limit physical contact between players (appropriate content can be found here).
  • Keep players together in small groups/cohorts with one coach and make sure that each group of players and coach avoid mixing with other groups as much as possible. Teams might consider having the same group of players stay with the same coach or having the same group of players rotate among coaches.
  • Adhere to AYSO Safe Haven guidelines, i.e., 1:8 adult to child ratio; minimum of 2 adults present; no adult alone with children other than their own. Whenever possible, adult of same gender as players should be present.
  • Once regulations permit, consider staging inner-squad scrimmages instead of games with other teams to minimize exposure among players and teams.
  • Ensure all players have and handle their own labeled equipment (ball, water bottle, training disks, etc.).
  • Coach should be the only person to handle coaching equipment (e.g.: cones, disks, etc.); do not let parents or attendees assist.
  • Hand sanitizer or handwashing on arrival / mid-way and end of training session.
  • No shared equipment in use (players will be provided with individual bibs/pinnies or can bring game jerseys as requested).
  • No physical greeting of players (verbal acknowledgement is expected).
  • Stay positive and create a fun environment in this new normal.
  • Serve as focal point, or designate the Team Parent/Manager, for notification from team families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Complete and submit AYSO’s Incident Report Form to the Region Safety Director immediately, including team roster.

*A designated volunteer or team parent can be added to help assist coach in accordance with the same health and safety guidance designated for the coach.


Team Parent:

  • Assist Coach, as requested, with communications to families (including safeguard reminders, i.e., only healthy participants attend activities).
  • Serve as focal point for notification from team families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Notify the Coach immediately.
  • Maintain social distancing requirements from coach, players and family members.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice/games.
  • Support identified guidelines for coaches.
  • Assist with hand sanitizer or other safety precautions like handwashing on arrival / mid-way and end of training session in support of the coach.
  • Help team/teams adhere to AYSO Safe Haven supervision guidelines.



At all times:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from anyone as much as possible.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Spitting or rinsing the mouth with water is to be avoided.
  • Cough into elbow.
  • Stay home if not feeling well and communicate to the Referee Administrator.


  • Prior to arrival, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solution for at least 20 seconds.
  • Arrival in full uniform is recommended.
  • Maintain six (6) foot distance from players, coaches, spectators and referee team for all administrative procedures.
  • Mask is recommended for pre-game duties.
  • No handshakes with coaches, players, or spectators.
  • Coin toss options:
  1. Modified. One player from each team; center official; no handshakes; physical distancing.
    b. No coin toss.  Home team selects the half of the field. Away team will take kick-off.

During play:

  • Masks are not required for referees during active play.
  • Assistant referees are recommended to wear breathable face coverings unless wearing a mask causes breathing problems.
  • Referees are recommended to stay a minimum of six (6) feet away from players, coaches, spectators, and the referee team during dynamic play and stationary play at all times.
  • Avoid spitting.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Do not share whistles or, if possible, any other referee equipment.
  • If not feeling well during the game at any time, go home immediately.


  • After the game, applaud the players and coaches, but handshakes are not permitted; fist bumps/elbow bumps are not recommended.
  • If shared, wipe down the handles of flags with an alcohol-based rub or wash with soap and water.
  • Upon completion of the match, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solution for at least 20 seconds.



  • Ensure your child is healthy. Test child’s temperature before departing for soccer practice (if above 100.4, do not attend).
  • Drop off and pick up players with special care given to the presence of children coming to and from the activity and receive verbal acknowledgement from the coach each time.
  • Please wait in your car and/or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements and as requested by your coach or AYSO officials.
  • Limit the use of carpools or van pools, and limit passengers to household members.
  • Face masks are recommended.
  • Wash your child’s clothing after every training/activity (recommendation).
  • Sanitize all equipment (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.) before and after every practice.
  • Clearly label your child’s water bottle and personal items.
  • Ensure your child has hand sanitizing products with them at every session.
  • Notify your team/club immediately if your child or family member becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Check Region and Coach communication regularly.


  • Inform parent if feeling unwell.
  • Wash hands before and after training.
  • Responsible for cleaning all required equipment after each training sessions (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.).
  • Bring and use your own labeled hand sanitizer at every session.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • No sharing drinks or use of water fountains at facility (players should mark their own water bottles).
  • No physical greetings with their teammates (verbal acknowledgement is expected, we are physical distancing not social.).


PLEASE NOTE: This is a live document and is subject to change. As state and local restrictions and guidelines are adjusted in your area with regards to youth sports, AYSO will communicate how to progress. PLEASE continue to check our microsite for updates.

COVID-19 Message from your Board

Dear Ojai AYSO Families, 

We miss you so much and can't wait to see you again on the soccer field when it is safe again to do so.  Rest assured our regional Board is meeting regularly and determining best steps forward for future plans to play soccer again.  Please watch this page for updates; in anticipation of anything we may be able to do insofar as a fall season, please visit the fall season page and register your player on the waitlist so that you can be notified if and when we can form a soccer season. 

Please take care, stay safe and well,
~Your AYSO Region 147 Board

What to do when off the field....

What to do when not on the field

AYSO Resources: What To Do During Your Break From The Soccer Field

Our normal daily life has been disrupted and there is not a concrete timeline as to when our regularly scheduled days will return. AYSO understands that these are not the best of times and the time away from the field can be frustrating. To help appease the absence of soccer from our lives, we decided to brainstorm ways to bring the beautiful game of soccer to you! 

Throughout this time, we will regularly update this page with more fun, soccer-related activities you can do from the comfort of your own home. Share this with a teammate, parent, friend, coach and anyone else you can think of to help spread the soccer cheer! 

Have any recommendations for some of these resources? Send us your recommendation to [email protected]! To stay updated, make sure to follow us on social media @AYSO_soccer. 

Training Activities and Soccer Challenges

No team training? No problem! Below are a few suggestions on how you can maintain your fitness level and stay connected with your teammates!

Team Competitions and Challenges

Record your efforts in the garage or backyard and share it with your teammates to create some friendly competition. Check out our latest activity you can accomplish from home: 


Here’s also a great example from AYSO United’s juggling challenge.

Join in on the most popular challenge that has taken over social media, the #StayAtHomeChallenge. You can explore some of the top entries on Instagram.

Player Tip: Encourage your teammates to show off their various soccer skills on socials. Come up with your own team challenges to keep that friendly competition going!

Goalkeeper Skills Training

Train your goalkeepers with AYSO and go through moves and coaching points for some vital goalkeeping movements:


Record your best trick or skill and share it with your friends and teammates. A coach can pick the winner. Check out this skill from USMNT star Christian Pulisic:

Activity Ideas
  • Setup a small soccer drill area to practice some of your favorite moves
  • H.O.R.S.E. with soccer goals
  • Player vs. Parent challenge on who can juggle the ball longer
  • For families – relay dribble in your homemade obstacle course
Top Tekkers

Our friends at The Coaching Manual have a great way for your player to stay active and engaged while refining their soccer skills with their new TopTekkers app.

The TopTekkers app can help players:

  • Take ownership of their development!
  • Maintain their touch and fitness.
  • Be better prepared for group sessions.
  • Stay connected to their teammates.
  • And allow coaches, teams, and regions to track the progress of each player via region-specific reports.

The Coaching Manual is giving all AYSO players a free 45-day membership that will keep them in top form while they are waiting to get back on the field.

You can learn a bit more about the app here:

Strength and Conditioning Principles for Athletes with Physical or Mental Disabilities

Our friends at United Soccer Coaches have compiled a great list of principles to adhere to when planning a strength and conditioning routine for our athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities at home, with access to little or even no equipment. Check it out:

Home Skills Training Series with UKIS

Every weekday, UKI Soccer has been posting a skills video for you to practice, repeat and master. These are all easy to try from the safety of your own homes and all you will need is a little bit of space and most importantly, a soccer ball. Click here to learn more about how to access these videos.

Train with MLS

The world slowing down doesn’t mean your training has to. MLS collected the best at-home training drills from around MLS to get you ready to dominate when we all get back on the field. Watch videos on how to improve your soccer skills, general fitness, and more! Share your progress on social media using the hashtag #TrainwithMLS. Get started here.

Podcasts and Webinars

Take a listen and join conversations on youth soccer and current news in the youth soccer world.

Kids Sports: Sidelined By COVID-19

Scott Snyder, Director of Programs and Education and Yvonne Lara, Director of Marketing and Communications joined the Kids Under Construction Podcast to talk about what is being done to bring team sports back to the kids. Listen now:

The Coaching Manual: Developing the Person & the Player Webinar

The Coaching Manual invited Keith and David Mayer, authors of Goldust, and Scott Snyder from AYSO to discuss developing the player and the person in soccer. Listen now:

Books and Crafts

Get your creative juices flowing and keep your mind sharp!

AYSO Book Club

With the help of Bookroo, we have a list of the best children’s books about soccer. From there, we have chosen some favorites to kick off our AYSO Book Club! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see how you can join us for future AYSO Book Club Storytimes! 


Flip through some great articles in our quarterly PLAYSOCCER magazine. Get inspired reading powerful stories of AYSO alums and current players doing great things for their community! Click here to read articles from past issues. 

Access the newest issue of PLAYSOCCER here: 

Coloring Contest

Check out some of our classic coloring contests and dust off those coloring pencils! Submit us your work and we will pick some winners that will receive some AYSO gear! 

Digital: Soccer Games, Movies, and Documentaries 

Take advantage of your gaming consoles or video streaming services (Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime, etc.), and keep your team communicating and talking about the game of soccer during this hiatus. Need suggestions on what to watch and play? We curated a small list below: 

FIFA 20 Tournaments

Log-in to your console and play your teammates or your coach in virtual soccer from all across the soccer globe. Manchester United vs LA Galaxy? No problem! Barcelona vs. Atlanta United? Game on!

Watch an MLS Classic match

Major League Soccer is letting you relive some of the league’s most exhilarating matches and will feature them on their Youtube channel throughout the coming weeks:

Virtual Tours

Dive into the game’s history and culture by virtually visiting some of the world’s most famous stadiums and training grounds. Click through a few suggestions:

Real Madrid’s All Access Training Grounds

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Manchester United’s Old Trafford through the years

Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge

Espai Barcelona (the incredible plans for Camp Nou)

Inside LAFC


Tired from all those stadium tours? Grab some popcorn, the rest of your family and watch a classic soccer movie or a documentary. Some of the AYSO office favorites:

Kicking & Screaming


Goal! The Dream Begins


Alex & Me 

*Coaches Tip: have a virtual discussion with your team about the content they’re watching. Talk about the lessons learned and what they can adopt for future soccer seasons.*

Any other suggestions for creative soccer-related activities during this “down-time” please send them our way to share!


Coaches, even though you’re not on the field, it’s the perfect time to invest in your own coach education development so you are even better prepared when we can start returning to activity. Access some amazing resources below.

Positive Coaching Alliance

“Coronavirus: A Real Teaching Moment For PCA Coaches”

Coach Development

All AYSO Coaches get an exclusive FREE offer to access the AYSO digital coaching platform through until July 31st.

The AYSO Coaching Manual is packed with incredible coach education videos, soccer guides and much more (including the entire AYSO Coaching Manual library). 

Contact: [email protected] to get started.

If your region already uses the AYSO Platform, don’t worry, you will be able to provide all of your players with free access to another Coaching Manual platform, TopTekkers, during the Spring (to the value of your Region price point).

For Parents

Squeezing in online schooling, chores, free time, exercise, and meals, all to be done at home, can be dull and difficult to manage for you and your children. Parents, below are some resources to help you best organize your days and ways to talk to your children about the importance of self distancing. Parents, below are some resources to help you talk to your children about self distancing and why this new reality is important. You will also find ideas to better schedule your day with your children to ensure a balanced time of learning and exercise. 

Creative Scheduling

Work together as a family to create daily schedules that work for every member. Here are a few ways to be as creative as possible with your schedules!

*Parent Tip: perhaps give your child the freedom to plan their day by themselves to spark up some motivation!*

Tough Conversations

NPR created a great graphic story to help explain Coronavirus to young children. This graphic can be helpful in sparking up the conversation about why social distancing is an important practice to follow during this difficult time.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Dealing with Anxiety

Your children may be experiencing some anxiety about recent changes of lifestyle. Limit your children’s exposure to news coverage and talk to them about their worries. Below is a graphic with helpful practices on how to help then feel most at ease.

Have any recommendations for some of these resources? Send us your recommendation to [email protected]! To stay updated, make sure to follow us on social media @AYSO_soccer.

AYSO is actively monitoring updates and information related to COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

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