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COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines

 

Returning Safely to the Fields Together

The health and safety of our Club Staff, Coaches, Players, and families is our first priority. We continue to closely monitor the situation around COVID-19 and update our protocols based on the recommendations and guidelines of COVID-19 from the CDC, World Health Organization, Federal, State and Local governments, Georgia Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer, U.S Club Soccer and U.S. Soccer.

The protocols and guidance from the above organizations are dynamic and changing, and as they change, we will update the following information. Please see below a table of contents and overview of this article.

  1. Phases of Return to Play

  2. Practice, Game and Tournament Protocols

  3. Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Campus Facilities

  4. Confirmed COVID-19 Case, Contact Tracing/Exposure to COVID-19
    1. Scenario 1: Player tests positive for COVID-19
    2. Scenario 2: Staff Member/Coach tests positive for COVID-19
    3. Scenario 3a: Staff/Coach/Player who is NOT up to date on vaccination has close contact/exposure with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19
    4. Scenario 3b: Staff/Coach/Player who IS up to date on vaccination has close contact/exposure with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19
    5. Scenario 4: Player develops ANY Covid-19 symptoms with NO KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE
    6. Scenario 5: Staff/Coach/Player is asked to quarantine because of an exposure outside of an IAFC event, please notify your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director and following the appropriate scenario above.



1. Phases of Return to Play

U.S. Soccer's Return-to-Play guidelines and best practices are intended for use WHEN AND IF local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the practice field. U.S. Soccer's Return to Play does not endorse or recommend direction that is in violation of any federal, state or local mandates.

Inter Atlanta FC is currently operating under Phase IV, although we are continuing with mitigation strategies. We continue to monitor the pandemic and its potential impact on our community. We will continue to closely monitor our need to move forward or backward to any Phase that we feel is safest for Club Staff, Coaches, Players, Parents and Families.

The four Phases of operations from US Soccer account for uncertainties related to the amount, duration, and timing of the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to continue to provide as much on-field engagement for players as possible, while ensuring their health and safety.








2. Practice, Game and Tournament Protocols

  • Coaches - All professional staff coaches for Academy and Select, all Recreational volunteer coaches, and IAFC staff who are fully vaccinated (i.e., have received a booster dose OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months) are not required to wear masks while on IAFC fields or at IAFC sanctioned events. Any coaches and staff who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask and anyone else that would like to wear a mask has the option to do so.

  • Players - Masks are not required for players during play. However, if a player feels more comfortable wearing a mask, they are encouraged to do so. If your child is sick, please do not bring them to practice or games, please stay home.

  • Parents (siblings and guest) - who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while at IAFC outdoor facilities, however they must remain off the field of play during practice. Mask are required when indoors at any IAFC facility based on City of Atlanta ordinances. Those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask if they remain on campus as a spectator. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask while at IAFC indoor facilities/fields.

  • Referees - Masks are not required for referees during play. However, if a referee feels more comfortable wearing a mask, they are encouraged to do so. Fully vaccinated referees are not required to wear a mask at IAFC fields while off the field. If a referee is not fully vaccinated, they are encouraged to wear a mask while off the field.

  • What if you don’t feel well – If you do not feel well or have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and consult a health professional as needed. See our Return to Play protocols below.

  • Away Games/Tournaments – The above protocols and guidance are for all IAFC facilities. Coaches, players, parents should follow the protocols/guidance of the opposing club and/or facility when playing away. 



3. Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Campus Facilities


Based on the recommended guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health, we are committed to providing a clean and sanitary environment for our players, parents, staff, and visitors. Following the most recent guidance, masks will be required at all indoor IAFC facilities regardless of vaccination status.

  • Clubhouse - The Clubhouse at Arizona Avenue will remain open only to Inter Atlanta FC Full-Time staff and Coaches or those that have a prior appointment. All players, parents, and referees will be only allowed upstairs with prior approval or for set meetings. Masks must be worn when inside the clubhouse common areas.

  • Concession Stand - The Upper90 Cantina (concession stand) will be open.

  • Bathrooms - Restrooms at Arizona fields and Port-a-Johns will be open, and we will ensure cleanliness and safety.

  • Pavilion - The Pavilion at Arizona Ave Fields is open.

  • Equipment Room and Equipment Exchange - The Equipment exchange is open. We will continue to have the drop-off containers outside of the east storage closet of the clubhouse. If you have any questions about it, please contact Brian Stoddart by clicking here.



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Confirmed COVID-19 Case, Contact Tracing/Exposure to COVID-19

The IAFC has based its guidance and recommendations on updated COVID-19 guidance for isolation and quarantine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We may update and change our protocols for COVID-19 as it is a fluid situation.

For the scenarios below, please use the following definitions:

Confirmed COVID-19 case is defined as a positive COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen)

Being up to date on vaccination is defined as an individual who has received a booster dose OR completed the primary series of Pfizer OR Moderna vaccine within the last 5 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Tests accepted include PCR or Rapid Antigen, confirmation of test results may be requested.

Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated without wearing well-fitting masks the whole time.


Scenario 1: Player tests positive for COVID-19

  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • A player must self-isolate for 5 days where Day 0 is the day of illness onset or positive test through Day 5.
  • The player may return to play on Day 6 (following the day of onset of symptoms or positive COVID-19 test), provided one of the following criteria are met:
    • The player’s symptoms have resolved, and he/she has been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours without use of medication and will wear a mask at all times during practice, games, and indoor activities for an additional 5 days (e.g., Days 6-10).
    • The player’s symptoms have resolved, and he/she has been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of medication AND the player has obtained a negative COVID test between Days 6-10.  In this case, the individual does not need to wear a mask during while outdoors AND playing on the field, the individual should wear a mask when on sidelines, walking to/from the fields, and for any indoor activities.
  • Privacy will be enforced during this process

Scenario 2: Staff Member/Coach tests positive for COVID-19

  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • The Staff/coach member must self-isolate for 5 days where Day 0 is the day of illness onset or positive test through Day 5.
  • The player may return to play on Day 6 (following the day of onset of symptoms or positive COVID-19 test), provided one of the following criteria are met:
    • The coach’s/staff member’s symptoms have resolved, and he/she has been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours and will wear a mask at all times during training, games, or indoor activities for an additional 5 days (e.g., Days 6-10).
    • The coach’s/staff member’s symptoms have resolved, and he/she has been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours AND the player has obtained a negative COVID test between Days 6-10.  In this case, the individual does not need to wear a mask during outdoor practices and games when a minimum of 3-6 feet of distance can be maintained from players or other coaches,  but should wear a mask for indoor activities.
  • All players coached by this staff/coach member will be notified of the positive test on the team.
  • Any Coach/players who were determined to be exposed to the Staff member or coach will refer to Scenario 3.
  • Privacy will be enforced during this process.

Scenario 3a: Staff/Coach/Player who is not up to date on vaccination has close contact/exposure with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19

  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP.
  • The individual should self-quarantine for at least 5 days, with Day 0 being the date of last contact with the confirmed COVID-19 case.  On Day 6, the individual may return to play/work (provided they have not developed any symptoms) and should wear a well-fitting mask in all settings (games, practices, and indoor activities) for an additional 5 days (days 6-10)
  • If the individual obtains a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen) between Days 5-10, then the player does not have to wear a mask while outdoors AND playing on the field, the individual should wear a mask when on sidelines, walking to/from the fields, and for any indoor activities.  A coach/staff member does not need to wear a mask if they can maintain 3 to 6 feet distance with others while outdoors, but should wear at all times indoors.

Scenario 3b: Staff/Coach/Player who is up to date on vaccination has close contact/exposure with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19

  • For those individuals who are up to date on vaccination, the following guidance should be followed:
    • You do not need to quarantine if you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
    • Wear a mask around others in all settings (games, practices, indoor activities) for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible.
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and self-isolate until test results are available. Should the test come back positive, refer to Scenario 1 or 2.
    • If the individual obtains a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen) between Days 5-10, then the player does not have to wear a mask while outdoors AND playing on the field, the individual should wear a mask when on sidelines, walking to/from the fields, and for any indoor activities.  A coach/staff member does not need to wear a mask if they can maintain 3 to 6 feet distance with others while outdoors, but should wear at all times indoors.

Scenario 4: Staff/Coach/Player develops ANY Covid-19 symptoms with NO KNOWN COVID-19 EXPOSURE

  • Individual STAYS HOME
  • Alert your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director ASAP (we will handle any team communication that is needed)
  • Individual must do AT LEAST ONE of the following
    • Player checks in with their doctor and receives a doctor’s note stating a different diagnosis and they may return to practice.
    • If player does not have a doctor, they must stay home for 5 days since symptoms first started AND until no fever for 24 hours AND until symptoms are gone. Then they may return to practice.
    • Player may get a COVID-19 test (Rapid or PCR), get a negative result, and must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to practice with proof of negative result.

Scenario 5: Staff/Coach/Player is asked to quarantine because of an exposure outside of an IAFC event, please notify your Director of Coaching and our Executive Director and following the appropriate scenario above.


We do our best to monitor the every-changing recommendations on protocols/guidance from CDC, World Health Organization, Federal, State and Local governments, Georgia Soccer, U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer. Our policies only apply to IAFC events and facilities. These do not apply to opposing locations/facilities, please be sure to check those policies.

Thank you for your commitment to Inter Atlanta FC, we’re looking forward to an exciting season with you.

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