COVID-19 Update: 784K Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Worldwide and 135K in the USA.
Cristiano Ronaldo Steps Up, Forgoes Millions in Coronavirus Crisis
Updated 3/30/20 at 6 PM (PST)
Ronaldo, Coach Sarri and Juventus teammates forgo $100 million in salary to help their club deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
First American Soccer League Cancels Spring Season
German Pro Teams Pledge Over $22 Million to Support Struggling Bundesliga Clubs and MLS Extends Training Moratorium,
Solidarity, Prioritizing Health of Players and Fans Over Profits
We are updating this article every morning with the latest news on the Coronavirus COVID-19. The Impact of COVID-19 in Soccer Grows: NPSL announced that it was canceling its spring men’s soccer season because of the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Right Now – Doing it Right: Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates, the German Champions League participants from Dortmund, Munich, Leipzig, and Leverkusen lead the way in the relief efforts combatting the corona crisis’ impact on soccer.
“We have always said that we would show solidarity if clubs, through no fault of their own, should run into difficulties that they can no longer overcome themselves,” said Borussia Dortmund (BVB)’s chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke, who added: “BVB is currently having a major impact on society through a wide range of initiatives. And naturally, we are prepared to help out other professional football clubs if it is ultimately a matter of cushioning the financial effects of the pandemic.”
The four clubs will initially forego their share of the national media revenue – which has not yet been distributed – from the DFL next season. This amount, which stands at approximately €12.5 million if the current distribution model is applied, will be supplemented by an additional €7.5 million from the quartet’s own reserves.
Olympic Athletes’ Reset, FIFA & WHO’s ‘Kick Out Coronavirus’ Campaign Reaches Soccer Fans Worldwide
Just a few days ago, the world is steadily racing towards a new milestone of 500,000 Confirmed Cases. Today, we are hurling towards 1,000,000. Deaths from the virus in Italy are more than triple the number of those in Hubei, China. Young people are ending up in intensive care, fighting to breathe because of COVID-19. Following the WHO and CDC recommendations are important, and FIFA agrees.
The impact of coronavirus has deeply impacted our communities and now is the time to see how we can help each other. We have a list of suggestions on what youth soccer players can do during this moratorium of training sessions and games.
Great Ideas and Recommendations From Top Youth Soccer Coaches on What Youth Soccer Players Can Do During the Moratorium on Soccer Practices
The New Normal: The Better Clubs & Coaches Create Options For Players
The impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on soccer has been massive. Youth soccer clubs across America are shut down.
EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO WORK ON. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TIME TO GET BETTER.Shaun Tsakiris, Former U.S. Soccer U17 / U 16 National Team Head Coach – Currrent Technical Director – Los Gatos United
Today’s Numbers of Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus COVID-19:
Everyone’s knowledge of COVID-19 is evolving rapidly. One of the scariest facts? How fast it is spreading and how some people are not respecting WHO/CDC’s recommendations … Here are the numbers as of today.
784,314 Cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Confirmed. 165K people have already recovered, with 37,638 deaths worldwide.*Johns Hopkins University – Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for System Science and Engineering.
Updates on Cancelations in our Soccer World:
The United Soccer League (USL) announced this week that the previously announced 30-day temporary suspension of play in the Championship will be extended to align with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on restricting public gatherings of 50 or more people through Sunday, May 10.
U.S. Soccer has postponed or canceled most events through April 30th.
US Club Soccer has joined with other youth members of the U.S. Soccer Federation (AYSO, SAY and USSSA) in immediately suspending all activities within our jurisdiction through April 12.
While China is not reporting any new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time, the rate of people testing positive is skyrocketing around the world. According to Harvard, some people infected with the virus have no symptoms are silently spreading the virus, these are very challenging times.
Hundreds of thousands of school-age kids are now home during the day and there is no soccer practice to go to in the afternoon.
UEFA EURO 2020 has been postponed in light of the risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic. UEFA EURO 2020 was due to take place in 12 cities across Europe from 12 June to 12 July 2020. “Proceeding with the tournament this year would have put thousands of fans at risk of infection, as well as placing unnecessary pressure on the national public services of the countries involved in staging matches.”
The proposed new dates for UEFA EURO are from 11 June to 11 July 2021.
UEFA’s Copa America has also been moved to 2021. U.S. Soccer has canceled all International Friendlies. Outside of soccer, tennis’ French Open will be pushed to the fall and America’s biggest horse race scheduled for May 2, the Kentucky Derby, has been postponed to September 5.
Pro Games Across the Globe are Canceled or Postponed as well as Youth Soccer Games Across the USA
U.S. Soccer, Concacaf, the English Premier League as well as the German Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga and so many other organizations have suspended competitions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in the USA, the MLS, NWSL, USL, and NISA have all suspend games as well as UPSL, NPSL, UWS, WPSL and the MASL ended its the season, and the USL LEAGUE ONE delayed its start.
“Society as a whole and thus also football are facing an unprecedented challenge.”Bundesliga Release on March 16 in which they confirmed the further postponement of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga II for Matchday 27
In the youth world, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and US Youth Soccer suspended games as well as many USYS State Associations and US Club programs.
Scroll down to see the updated official statements from many of these soccer organizations.
Now people want to know if any professional soccer players have tested positive.
Several professional soccer players, club managers, and team doctors abroad have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The first Bundesliga player has tested positive last week. Paderborn’s defender Luca Kilian tested positive and now there is a second player at Hertha Berlin who has fallen ill.
The count has started — with more players and coaches testing positive every day.
Five players on Italian club Sampdoria including Manolo Gabbiadini and a team doctor have rested positive along with three players from AFC Fiorentina. Juventus‘s 25-year-old Daniele Rugani also tested positive according to CBS. Other cases include Chelsea‘s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, Hannover‘s Jannes Horn as well as Timo Hubers plus three Leicester City players who are in isolation with coronavirus symptoms as well as Manchester City‘s Benjamin Mendy is also in isolation. Evangelos Mainakis, owner of Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest has also tested positive for Coronavirus COVID-19, deepening the foreboding impact of this pandemic on soccer.
U.S. Soccer DA has suspended its regular season matches scheduled through April 30 and is canceling the Allstate U.S. Soccer Development Academy Spring Cup for both boys and girls. US Youth Soccer has canceled the USYS National League’s Las Vegas Soccer Showcase and suspended its Regional League play. U.S. Soccer has suspended its season and released a video of CDC recommendations. MLS has suspended its season for 30 days as well as CONCACAF which suspended its Champions League. The USL Championship also suspended play for a minimum of 30 days.
#1 Wash you hands for 20 seconds, and do it often. And, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cities in Washington, Colorado, New York, Texas, and Connecticut have opened drive-thru testing stations.
How is Coronavirus COVID-19 Impacting Youth Soccer?
Every day the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 intensifies. “Social distancing is critical for suppressing the transmission of the disease,” reports WHO.
U.S. Soccer DA Suspends Season
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has suspended all Boys’ and Girls’ regular-season matches through the end of April, and canceled the 2020 Allstate Development Academy Spring Cup to be held April 29-May 4 in Kansas City, Mo. and Greensboro, N.C., as a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Brian Remedi, COO of U.S. Soccer sent out a statement on March 12 pushing most scheduled events to April 30th.
According to the DA’s statement: This decision was made in order to limit potential exposure to the Coronavirus and to best protect the health and well-being of all individuals participating or attending DA fixtures and events.U.S. Soccer has been closely monitoring the public health developments across the country and communicating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19 here in the United States and internationally.
“With the health of our players, coaches, staff, and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the Spring Cup events in Kansas City and Greensboro as well as suspend all regular season DA matches through April due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “We have been in communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local departments of public health, and after those conversations and continuously monitoring the situation, we strongly believe this is the best decision considering the ongoing worldwide health situation.”
In addition to the cancellation of Development Academy events, U.S. Soccer has canceled numerous upcoming events as a precaution. The DA Hotline is (312) 528-7041 for further information.
The most up-to-date information about U.S. Soccer events and match cancelations can be found on ussoccer.com and our social media channels.
US Youth Soccer Suspends Regional Leagues
US Youth Soccer has suspended all Regional Leagues until April 15 and will re-assess the situation on April 1st according to Skip Gilbert, CEO.
Earlier this month, the USYS ODP trip to Italy was canceled. Now, USYS has suspended all OPD international trips scheduled for this spring until at least next fall and postponed the USYS TOPSoccer National Symposium from the end of March to August 28-30.
In addition, on March 10th notice was sent out to all USYS National League Teams Participating in Las Vegas Soccer Showcase from Dr. Pete Zopfi, Chair, and Gilbert which announced the 2020 USYS National League Soccer Showcase in Las Vegas, NV for boys and girls had been canceled.
The decision to cancel the USYS event was made “in accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals as well as the ongoing acceleration of the coronavirus in communities from which our soccer families reside. As the number of state emergencies increases, we have decided to exercise caution in the interest of our soccer family.”
“We understand and share the disappointment with our players, coaches, and families,” said Dr. Pete Zopfi. “Regrettably, the air travel environment and related information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.”
US CLUB Update:
US Club Statement March 17: All soccer activities are immediately suspended through April 12
In recent days, numerous public health agencies – including the CDC, NIH and WHO – have issued strong advice to avoid person-to-person contact to the greatest extent possible. Gatherings of 10 or more people are now being discouraged.
Accordingly, US Club Soccer is joining with other youth members of the U.S. Soccer Federation (AYSO, SAY and USSSA) in immediately suspending all activities within our jurisdiction through April 12. To be clear: this includes not only activities directly operated by US Club Soccer, but also those US Club Soccer-sanctioned and related activities operated by member organizations, such as league and tournament play, scrimmages, practices/training, tryouts, team travel, large group meetings and related off-field activities. AYSO, SAY and USSSA are also taking the same measures.
Earlier, US Club had postponed the 2020 id2 National Selection International Tours to the U.K. until later this year. Statement here. In addition, US Club has postponed 24 upcoming grassroots and “D” license courses through April.
Previously, US Club Soccer‘s League play and tournaments are advised to follow the guidance of local and state public health officials. “We feel this is the best approach given the variances throughout the country. US Club Soccer does not intend to make broad directives that affect our members in every part of the country. Of course, we are also recommending that our members continually monitor the CDC for updates.”
Update on U.S. Soccer and COVID 19’s Impact on Upcoming Soccer Matches:
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, U.S. Soccer has canceled the upcoming #USMNT & #USWNT games in March & April, and the majority of #USYNT and Extended National Team matches and camps that were planned through the end of April.— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 12, 2020
Statement from U.S. Soccer on March 13: Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Committee has temporarily suspended the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship. The first three rounds of the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were scheduled for March 24-25, April 7-9 and April 21-23.
U.S. Open Cup Commissioner Paul Marstaller said, “Given the unique nature of the competition, which encompasses clubs from multiple leagues that have suspended their seasons, we are taking this action and will look to determine future dates to allow the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to be played.”
Statement from U.S. Soccer on March 12: Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, U.S. Soccer has canceled the upcoming Men’s and Women’s Senior National Team matches in March and April, and the majority of Youth National Team and Extended National Team camps that were planned through the end of April.
“With the health of our players, coaches, staff, and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the majority of our upcoming domestic and international camps at all levels, including our senior Men’s and Women’s National Team games in March and April, due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “We have been in communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local departments of public health, and after those conversations and continuously monitoring the situation, we strongly believe this is the best decision considering the ongoing worldwide health situation.”
The U.S. Soccer Statement continues with: With the Under-23 Men’s National Team in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the upcoming Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament from March 20-April 1, U.S. Soccer is keeping in constant communication with Concacaf officials about the status of the competition. U.S. Soccer is also communicating with Concacaf on the status of the 2020 Women’s Under-17 Championship set for April 18-May 3, and the 2020 Futsal Championship from May 1-10.
The two USWNT friendly matches, against Australia on April 10 in Sandy, Utah, and Brazil on April 14 in San Jose, Calif., were the first of six matches on the Road to Japan in preparation for the 2020 Olympics this summer.
MLS Statement as of March 25:
Major League Soccer Training Moratorium Continues Through April 3
Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, April 3. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence.
While MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, MLS will review individual requests by players to relocate to another market by car, taking into account the totality of a player’s situation.
MLS will remain in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and provide further updates as they become available.
MLS Statement as of March 19:
MLS extends season suspension in accordance with CDC guidance on COVID-19
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that it was extending the suspension of all matches, with a target return date of May 10. The extension was made in accordance with Sunday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel all mass gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The league said it remains intent on completing the full 2020 season schedule.
Below is the full statement from MLS:
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.
MLS announced a week ago that it was suspending play for 30 days in order to assess the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) with its medical task force and public health officials.
There have been more than 7,000 confirmed cases across all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico and 97 deaths, according to the CDC’s latest reporting from noon Wednesday. In Canada, there have been 690 confirmed cases of the virus, according to Public Health Canada.
MLS Statement as of March 16: “Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20th. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures.”
“MLS is working with public health authorities, in collaboration with the MLS clubs, the MLS Players Association, and in consultation with the other North American professional sports leagues to finalize a protocol that would permit players to access training facilities for rehab or individual training under safe conditions during the team training moratorium.”
MLS Statement as of March 12: “Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.”
At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.“
“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials, and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”
USL Statement as of March 18: USL CHAMPIONSHIP EXTENDS HIATUS THROUGH MAY 10.
The United Soccer League announced today, following approval from the USL Championship’s Board of Governors, that the previously announced 30-day temporary suspension of play in the Championship will be extended to align with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on restricting public gatherings of 50 or more people through Sunday, May 10.
USL Statement as of March 12: “The USL Championship will suspend play for a minimum of 30 days due to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Twelve MLS teams currently either operate USL Championship clubs or have affiliates in the league.
“It was very clear from our owners that the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their top priority,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “In consultation with local, state and national health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security, we have temporarily suspended match play for a minimum of 30 days.”
USL Championship Temporarily Suspends Play pic.twitter.com/lUwfXvnIbl— USL Championship (@USLChampionship) March 12, 2020
On March 11th, San Diego Loyal Soccer Club had been one of the first teams to address the issue of COVID-19 and soccer and had agreed to play its first away match in Tacoma, Washington against Tacoma Defiance in an empty stadium, following Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement suspending large public gatherings. “We fully support Governor Islee’s announcement and will comply with all recommendations from local health authorities as they develop,” said Warren Smith, San Diego Loyal President. “We take our responsibility to San Diego very seriously and will continue to take all appropriate precautions for the safety of our players, staff, and community.”
In addition, United Soccer League Announces Two-Week Delay to Start of League One Season. “It was very clear from our Championship and League One owners that the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their top priority,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “In consultation with local, state and national health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security, we made the decision to delay the start of the League One season by a minimum of two weeks.”
NISA Statement as of March 12: NISA’s core values center around the communities and fans we serve and due to the very serious and fluid situation we face with COVID-19 and the risk it poses to our fans, communities, players, and staffs, we’ve decided to suspend our spring season effective immediately for 30 days. During that time our task force, which includes medical experts, we will review, on a regular basis, this very fluid situation and will make future recommendations as needed.
“We are hopeful that enough progress can be made with this virus where we can resume our spring 2020 season. Due to our structure and schedule, we will have time to make up those games, but for now, we wish everyone health and wellness,” said John W. Prutch, Commissioner National Independent Soccer Association
MASL Statement as of March 12: The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) has decided to end the 2019-2020 regular season effective immediately. The league’s Board of Directors voted unanimously this afternoon to act in the best interests of the players, staff and fans of the league.
The decision to end the regular season follows the direction seen in other professional sports across North America, such as the NHL, NBA, AHL, and others along with directives and restrictions from local governments in MASL communities.
“It’s a disappointing end to an exciting regular season, but the health and safety of our players, fans and staff is paramount,” said MASL Commissioner Joshua Schaub. “It was a significant sacrifice for our owners to forego the remaining regular season games, but it was the appropriate decision considering the gravity of the situation.”
NWSL Statement as of March 20: The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) now is extending the moratorium on training until April 5th.
As we continue to follow the guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Women’s Soccer League has extended its training moratorium through, and including, Sunday, April 5, 2020. As a result, our regular season start, scheduled for April 18, will be delayed. We are considering all possible implications for the preseason and regular season schedules while prioritizing the health and safety of our players, staff and fans.
NWSL Statement as of March 12: The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Commissioner Lisa Baird released the following statement today regarding the 2020 Season:
“After receiving guidance from local and state authorities and medical personnel, and with the support of the Board of Directors, the National Women’s Soccer League is canceling the 2020 pre-season match schedule in the wake of the most recent developments surrounding COVID-19. Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, staff, and fans. We are reviewing all contingency plans related to our regular season schedule and are monitoring developing events and their potential impact. We are deeply appreciative of our fans and partners for their continued support of our league and all our world-class players.”
NPSL Statement as of March 27: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19: NPSL CANCELS SPRING 2020 SOCCER SEASON
On March 23, the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) extended its ban on soccer activity until April 30, and the CDC last week has recommended there be no group activities for 8 weeks, which coordinates to May 10.
Given these circumstances, the 2020 NPSL summer season, under its current competition structure, has been canceled. This decision was made unanimously by our Board of Directors.
This action was not taken lightly. Over the past few weeks, the league has spoken to many of its teams and affiliate organizations. Every situation is different and has its own set of circumstances. The NPSL is balancing the immediate needs of its teams and ensuring that there is a successful, thriving league for years to come.
NPSL Statement as of March 12: “The NPSL has been monitoring the COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) diligently. Considering recent events, the NPSL is temporarily suspending our West Region season for the remainder of March 2020 with a current plan to resume play on April 4th. This is effective tonight at midnight local time.”
“The situation is fluid, and the league is monitoring the situation daily. The NPSL will revisit the length of the suspension a week prior to April 4th. We will communicate any change in the status of the 2020 season.”
UPSL Statement as of March 12: Effective immediately, all United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) matches are suspended through March 31, 2020. During this hiatus, we will closely monitor national developments, and seek the guidance of government officials and medical professionals before resuming competition.
The safety of our players, coaches and their families is our top priority. It is our hope that we will be able to resume play the first weekend in April. However, as the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus continue to develop, we will remain flexible.
UEFA Update: UEFA postpones EURO 2020 by 12 months
UEFA Statement as of March 18: Priority given to completing domestic competitions in an unprecedented solidarity move by UEFA.
Corona Crisis Speculation: Champions League match between Atalanta vs Valencia Now Called “a biological bomb” as some think it was a “Ground Zero.”On February 19, Atalanta hosted the Spanish team in Milan’s famed San Siro Stadium. According to AP, “The match, which local media have dubbed “Game Zero,” was held two days before the first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was confirmed in Italy.” A very high percentage, a reported 35% of Valencia’s team, became infected.
Concacaf Statement as of March 13: Given the constantly evolving public health situation, and in light of developing travel restrictions and public health guidance, along with global concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Concacaf Council convened yesterday via a conference call and the decision was made to suspend all upcoming Concacaf competitions scheduled to take place over the next 30 days.
The following competitions have been suspended with immediate effect:
- 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League
- 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifiers
- First Round of the Concacaf 2021 Gold Cup Qualifiers (due to be played in the March 2020 FIFA Window)
- 2020 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield
*Source of data on confirmed cases and deaths are from Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for System Science and Engineering. Other data references World Health Organization‘s WHO COVID-19 map. Here is what you need to know – follow the guidelines from the CDC. More references & helpful links at the end of the article.
German Soccer: Bundesliga
DFL Statement on March 24, 2020: Executive Committee of the DFL recommends suspension of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 until at least 30 April – Tender for media rights postponed.
In preparation for the Ordinary Assembly of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 on 31 March, the Executive Committee of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga today met in a video conference lasting several hours. Under consideration of the consequences of the coronavirus, possible scenarios and conceivable options for action were discussed. These will be further structured over the course of the week and then put to the Ordinary Assembly for discussion.
The Executive Committee is aware that all scenarios and options for action also depend on external factors, over which the DFL and clubs have no or only limited influence, including the further spread of the virus and political assessments of the situation. In this light, the Executive Committee will recommend towards the Ordinary Assembly a further suspension of match operations in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 until at least 30 April.
What is Social Distancing? Why is it Important?
On Wednesday, March 11, Coronavirus Declared Pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency in relation to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. According to the WHO Director-General, “This is a controllable pandemic. Countries that decide to give up on fundamental public health measures may end up with a larger problem, and a heavier burden on the health system that requires more severe measures to control. All countries must strike a fine balance between protecting health, preventing economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights.“
Social distancing can slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Not even elbow bumps are recommended anymore. Hugs, hello kisses and handshakes are not recommended.
Social Distancing is an effort to slow down the spread of a contagious disease.
How Does This Work? … When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Many experts have also mentioned 6 feet of distance.
The Washington State Department of Health was one of the first to suggest practicing “social distancing” — staying at least six feet away from each other, especially if someone is sick. “Do not attend large events, such as sporting events, conferences, or other community events if you are sick, do not feel well, or someone in your home is sick.” In early March, the Washington State Department of Health asked people to consider their risk of getting COVID-19 before attending an event.
Two weeks ago, the world was less worried. Then, the Economist reported Coronavirus COVID-19 was in 50 countries. Today, over 160 countries have confirmed cases. Concern over the spread of the virus has sparked massive quarantines and the Coronavirus COVID-19 is impacting all levels of the beautiful game.
Coronavirus COVID-19 is a game-changer.
While we all hope everyone ill recovers quickly, and that life can return to pre-Coronavirus (COVID-19) status — there is a clear reason for caution.
It does sound simple, but frequent handwashing with soap for 20 seconds is highly recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Resources and Links on COVID-19:
Information is our first defense. Here are a number of different resources and communications from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations regarding the Coronavirus:
- For general information, check CDC COVID-19 and WHO Advice for Coronavirus
- Other useful tips can be found at Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities.
- CDC – Travelers Health
- CDC – Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC – Travelers Health
- CDC’s What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) PDF
- WHO’s COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations
- Global Level 3 Health Advisory: State Department link asking people to Reconsider Travel, and in specific on travel to Italy.
- COVID-19: U.S. Soccer on KEY GUIDELINES.
- WSJ’s How to Keep Your Home Free of Coronavirus Germs
- CNN’s Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized
The Wall Street Journal article, “All Your Coronavirus Travel Questions Answered,” recommends if you haven’t already, get your flu shot— at least two weeks before you depart. In fact, it is a good idea to take hand sanitizer with 60% to 95% alcohol along!
Plus Reuters on airlines around the world suspending flights in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Additional COVID-19 Updates on Soccer Around the Globe published earlier:
On March 4th, the German health minister, Jens Spahn, described the coronavirus as a “worldwide pandemic.” Is this the flu on Steroids? The Covid-19 death toll in Italy has risen dramatically and is the highest number, outside China. Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has placed his entire country in lockdown until April 3rd. The World Health Organization, (WHO) said COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 3.4%, which is higher than the flu’s usually less than 1% or 2%.
Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, has said earlier the coronavirus outbreak was a “worldwide pandemic.” As of March 11th, WHO agreed to refer to COVID-19 as a pandemic.
U.S. Soccer Statement From Early March:
As members of the U.S. Soccer family, we would encourage you to carefully look at your own programming – including events and travel – and stay in contact with our office as well as your local and state departments of Public Health with further questions. We will endeavor to provide all members with timely and relevant information on Coronavirus.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Top Image Source: WHO on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Editor’s note: This story has and will continue to be updated with additional clarification as new information is available.