Tournament Facility Sanitizing Protocols:

 

  • All porta pots will be cleaned before, during and after each event 

  • All porta pots will be supplied with hand sanitizer

  • Multiple Hand Sanitizing Units will be strategically placed throughout every tournament facility

  • Multiple Hand Washing Stations will be strategically placed throughout every tournament facility

  • All above structures will be wiped down by EDP Event Staff every hour throughout every event 

  • All above structures will have supplies checked and re-stocked every hour throughout every event

 

Tournament Scheduling and Field Layout Protocols:

 

  • Field layouts and game schedules have been modified to: 

    • increase space between fields to provide better social distancing, reduced crowding and sufficient space between groups of people

    • reduce the number of people on site in one area at any one time such that social distancing protocols (provided by the CDC and State Departments of Health) are met and exceeded

    • offer later first-game-of-the-day starting times when possible

    • Provide shorter, back-to-back games against different opponents to reduce ‘down time’ in between games

 

General Health and Safety Operational Protocols:

 

  • Pre Event

    • EDP Soccer will provide significant pre-event communications (emails, zoom calls etc.) to clearly communicate expectations and protocols, increase health and safety, and reduce risk 

    • EDP Soccer will provide video/multimedia tutorials for all staff, participants and spectators prior to each tournament

    • All event staff will receive pre-event training on protocols and guidelines

    • EDP Soccer will have a planned response and mitigation plan in place in case of a reported infection

    • All players and coaches should do a temperature self-check prior to attending an EDP Soccer event - If a person has a temperature over 100 degrees, that person should not travel to the event

    • Everyone who feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend an EDP Soccer event

    • Anyone who has had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 should not attend an EDP Soccer event

    • All people planning to be on site should bring their own face coverings, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, hydration and food

 

  • During the Event

    • Significant signage, ground markings and barriers will be used to ensure proper health and safety protocols are utilized and observed by all attendees (proper social distancing, use of face coverings and good hygiene practices)

    • Staff will assist guests with loudspeaker announcements and reminders

    • Staff will be located throughout the facility to assist guests and remind of safety protocols 

    • Game schedules have been created to reduce the number vehicles and people on site and to limit contact between spectator groups and/or teams

    • Medical staff (with proper PPE) will be on site to take body temperatures with no-touch thermal thermometers for all participants 

    • Police will be on site at all times (already standard practice)

    • Ambulance and EMTs will be on site at all times (already standard practice)

    • Porta pots will be placed back-to-back with social distancing ground marketing to reduce social distancing concerns

    • Drones will be used to help quickly and effectively monitor and evaluate the entire event and facility. 

    • Game scores will not be posted on site (the EDP website will be updated regularly) 

    • There will not be an awards ceremony - Awards will be out directly to coaches or team managers in a manner meant to reduce interaction

    • No team or group pictures allowed on site

    • Tables and chairs in the food court area will not be provided (to eliminate an area of potential transmission

    • There will be no team benches provided and teams should not bring their own bench (as players must remain 6 ft. apart while not playing).

    • Anyone who becomes sick during the event should leave the facility immediately or seek medical attention at one of the medical tents.

 

  • Post Event:

    • Post-event reports to assist in evaluating and assessing guidance, policies and procedures

    • Provide State Health Departments and Soccer Associations with full access to EDP events

    • Drone video and pictures will be archived as an important post-event evaluation resource

    • Send a post-event survey to participating teams 

Tournament Participant Protocols:

 

Players and Coaches:

  • Do not allow any team member(s) with symptoms to attend any event

  • If you are sick, feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, you must not attend the event

  • Players and coaches should remain in their vehicles until the designated time to enter the facility (to allow teams and supporters at previous games to leave the facility and allow time for sanitation)

  • Players and coaches MUST get their temperature checked prior to their first game each day (This is required by Executive Order and NJ Health Department protocols)

    • When permitted to entire the facility from the parking lot (at a scheduled time), all team members must go to a medical tent to get a thermal temperature check

    • Several medical tents will be located between the parking lot and the fields

  • EVERYONE AT THE EVENT IS REQUIRED to wear a face covering upon arrival when traveling from their vehicle to the fields; upon departure when traveling from the fields to their vehicle; when moving around the facility between fields and through communal areas such as headquarters, bathrooms, and when not properly social distancing
     
  • Players are required to social distance when not playing and to wear face coverings at all times when in the team technical area during games - Players may only remove face coverings when entering the game
     
  • Coaches are required to wear face coverings at all times.
     
  • Specific areas will be marked for players around their team sideline and bench/technical area to provide for adequate social distancing for those players who are not on the field during competition 

  • There will be no team benches provided to reduce the chances of spread and need to sanitize

  • No early arrival and warm up in areas outside of the playing field prior to the game

  • Coach(es) and players should maintain social distancing during half time, water breaks and at all times when off the field of play

  • Coaches and players should maintain “social distancing” in the “bench area” and in between games (i.e. do not congregate in groups of 5+ on the sidelines and maintain a minimum of 6 ft. apart from other groups) 

  • Do not share water bottles, drinks or food or any personal items

  • Hand contact of any kind will be prohibited (i.e. handshakes, ‘high fives,’ etc.)

  • Soccer balls and equipment will be disinfected by referees before, during and after each game 

  • No spitting will be allowed on the field, sidelines, or anywhere on the event premise

  • EDP will not be providing hydration stations or nutrition - players and coaches should bring their own hydration and not share food or beverages with others

  • Coaches should possess player passes during the game - do not exchange documents with the referee(s) 

  • Teams are encouraged to designate 1 or more adults to pay close attention to players in the technical area to ensure they follow social distancing protocols

  • Tents or tarps may be used only in the technical areas to shield players from the sun and heat - It is recommended to bring enough tents so that all players may be in the shade while still maintaining proper social distancing

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow 

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with hands

  • Players or coach should sanitize their hands each time they come off off the field and in between each game

  • All coaches and players should launder clothes, uniforms, and vests after day 1 of the event if the items are to be worn on day 2

Parents and Spectators:

  • Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) must not attend any event 

  • Spectators and guests should bring personal hand sanitizer and wipes to the event 

  • It is strongly recommended that all parents and spectators wear face coverings at all times
     
  • It is mandatory and required that all attendees wear face coverings when moving around the facility AND when they can not be socially distant from anyone other than immediate family members from their household
     
  • All spectators must wear a face covering traveling while between the parking lots and the fields
     
  • Face coverings must be worn when traveling through common areas (going to porta pots, moving from one field to another between games, etc.)
     
  • Spectators must follow clearly marked directional signage entrances and exits to the facility and at the fields to maintain proper social distancing

  • Spectators will be separated in clearly marked areas to comply with all social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart)

  • Spectators and supporters will be located on the same side of field as the team they support to reduce interaction between competing teams and their supporters (see field diagrams)

  • EDP Soccer strongly recommends that only one (1) parent/supporter per player attend each event

  • All supporters should maintain “social distancing” (i.e. do not congregate in groups of 5+ (families only) on the sidelines and must maintain a minimum of 6 ft. apart from each other) 

  • Everyone is expected to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow 

  • Anyone feeling sick should leave the facility immediately and go home or seek a healthcare facility

  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with their hands whenever possible

  • Tents, tarps or large group structures will not be permitted in the spectator areas of sidelines (Only within technical areas for players and coaches)

  • It is strongly recommended that people over 65 and/or with pre-existing conditions do not attend 

  • It is strongly recommended that players have minimal number of supporters on site 

 

Referees:

  • Anyone with symptoms must not work any event

  • All referees will have their temperature taken prior to their first game each day of the event

  • All referees are required to wear face coverings while moving between the parking lot and the fields

  • Referees in common areas must wear masks at all times unless during gameplay or while properly social distancing as an alternate referee

  • Referees must cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow 

  • Physical contact of any kind will be prohibited (i.e. handshakes, “high fives”, etc.)

  • May use artificial or electronic noise makers rather than whistles

  • Soccer balls and equipment will be disinfected by referees before, during and after each game 

  • All referees should launder clothes and uniforms after activities each day

  • Referees should not exchange documents—Coaches should possess player passes during the game

 

EDP Soccer Tournament Staff:

  • Anyone with symptoms must not work any event

  • All staff will have their temperature taken as soon as they report to the site each day of the event

  • Anyone feeling sick during an event must leave immediately after informing their supervisor

  • Any staff members who leaves feeling sick must not return to work until obtaining a clearance from a medical doctor and quarantining 

  • All EDP Soccer staff will wear protective gloves throughout the event, changing them regularly

  • All EDP Soccer staff must wear protective face coverings throughout the event, changing them as needed

  • All EDP Soccer Staff must cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow 

  • Assigned staff will be responsible for sanitizing all defined public areas (i.e. porta pot handles/doors, tents, golf carts, etc.)

 

Vendors:

  • If you feel sick, you must not work the EDP event

  • If a vendor becomes sick during an EDP event, you must advise EDP soccer and the business must close down immediately and for the remainder of the event

  • There will be no large food truck or beverage vendors on site at EDP events until further notice - Special provisions are being made to provide for the sale of water and shaved iced due to the expected heat

  • Every vendor permitted on site will provide marked areas for lines to form that still make social distancing possible

  • All vendors must wear protective face coverings throughout the event