PA West Soccer is suspending all soccer activities effective immediately until Sunday, March 29, 2020; at this time, regular activity can resume on Monday, March 30, 2020. Suspension means a cessation of activity and soccer activities include matches, training, clinics, tryouts, tournaments, and coaching education courses. This includes any activities scheduled for this weekend.
This decision was made in the best interest of our players, coaches, administrators, and referees, as well as the Western PA community as a whole as we strive to help keep everyone safe. Our decision to suspend soccer activities was made based on guidance we received from public health and medical professionals at all levels of government.
We don’t take these types of decisions lightly. We continue to monitor developments during this outbreak to determine the appropriate time to reinstate activity. We will be monitoring guidance and recommendations from the CDC, the PA Department of Health, and the various county departments of health, as well as US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and US Adult Soccer.
When there are changes to the status we will notify all clubs immediately. Updates will also be posted on the PA West Soccer web site (www.pawest-soccer.org) as they become available.
Best Practices for Health:
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:
- 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.
Below, we've listed some helpful information and links from The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Helpful Information & Links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides helpful information about COVID-19, and those links are included below for more information about prevention, travel, and other coronavirus resources.
Message from U.S. Soccer
With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported across the world, U.S. Soccer's leadership has reviewed and will continue to monitor all domestic programming and competitions. As part of this review, we are working closely in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and international agencies including the State Department, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA in real time to guide decisions on travel and participation. Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and referees and we will continue to update you as the situation requires.
Additionally, there are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC regarding the Coronavirus that you can watch HERE.
Our primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our U.S. Soccer family.