NMYSA Covid Policy

The following applies for all players, coaches, referees, administrators, volunteers, staff and household members. In order to train:

  1. For individuals with a pre-existing medical condition, written clearance from your physician for return to full participation in sport & activity is recommended.
  2. For individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, written confirmation of COVID19 negative status and clearance from your physician for return to full participation in sport & activity.
  3. For individuals who have experienced known COVID-19 exposure in the past 14 days, the following is recommended:
    a. Home quarantine for 14 days
    b. Written confirmation of COVID-19 negative status by your physician to return to play
  4. For individuals who experienced any illness during shelter-in-place, written clearance from your healthcare provider that you are COVID-free is recommended.
  5. Be prepared to report the onset of any new symptoms immediately. Contact your physician and follow the recommendations above for return to play.
  6. Individuals who may be at increased risk of COVID-19 (including but not limited to age 65y/o, chronic cardiac or respiratory conditions including hypertension, diabetes, or have an immunocompromised state) should seek guidance by their medical professional as to their participation.

Who needs to quarantine?

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.


People who have tested positive or likely think they had COVID-19.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hr period
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 (living with someone who is sick)
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged/kissed)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

After stopping quarantine, you should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider and your coach/manager.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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