***Update November 16, 2020***

Per the latest governors orders, soccer in New Mexico and AUFC Timbers & Thorns activity is currently shutdown until New Mexico & Bernalillo County restrictions get lifted. We will keep our members posted through email and coach communication when we hear more.

AUFC Timbers & Thorns are under the jurisdiction of New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and fully subscribe to the US Youth Soccer KidSafe initiatives, the USYS Code of Conduct, USSF Recognize to Recover and has adopted NMYSA’s statewide risk management program. For detailed information on the NMYSA Risk Management Program, you can view the NMYSA Risk Management Program in its entirety. 


New Mexico Public Health Order restrictions been modified to reduce the number of people that can gather in groups to no more than 5.  New Mexico Youth Soccer Association only sanctions activity that complies with the New Mexico Public Health order and the recently modified NMYSA Phase I protocols guided by the USSF PLAY ON Grassroots Soccer initiative. 

If coaches, players and administrators are not comfortable beginning soccer trainings, it is important they understand that they should not!  No one should pressure or pressure others into a decision to participate.


  •  Masks are required for all participants, coaches, players, administrators and spectator/parents.
  • Coaches/League/Clubs maintain attendance/screening records of all participants at each training session, (Participant Monitoring Form).
  •  Phase I does not allow for spectators.  Parents should drop off their player, remain in their cars and follow all Public Health Orders.

General Health:

  • If you are sick or have symptoms of an illness:
    • Stay home. Stay home regardless of what is causing your illness.
    • If you are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 practice self-quarantine measures and contact your physician.
    • To discontinue quarantine and return to sport, obtain appropriate clearance from your medical provider.
  • If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID 19:
    • Begin self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Advise your instructor, club or coach if any possible exposures have occurred in your team, training or club environment. Parents (and not the minor player) should communicate with the club or coach, in accordance with the Safe Soccer Framework and the U.S. Center for SafeSport policies and guidance.

It is imperative that all NMYSA members adhere to the Public Health Orders, NMYSA Phase I Protocols and NM COVID Safe Practices in order for us to maintain our open/sanctioning status with the State.  Non-compliance may result in sanctions against violators, Soccer being restricted by Health Order and/or our ability to move forward to another phases/league play. Please ensure compliance so that our youth can play soccer!

Please familiarize yourself and your players with the NM COVID Safe Practices for Youth Sports/Programs and the NMYSA PLAY ON Phase I Protocols