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Joseph Garmon

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2020-21 Soccer COVID Calendar and Update



2020-2021 UIL Soccer Season Update

General Operational Guidelines

TEA requires all school systems to develop a plan for mitigating COVID-19 spread in schools. These UIL guidelines require schools to include UIL activities for the 2020-2021 school year as part of this plan and carefully plan for mitigating risk of spread as students and staff participate in them. Schools must post these plans on the homepage of the school website or other easily accessible area of the school website. These plans do not require UIL or TEA approval. All 2020-2021 UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines can be found at

Remote Learning

Students participating in remote learning offered by their school district, whether synchronous or asynchronous (as defined by TEA), may participate in UIL activities if they meet all other UIL eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled in remote learning options through the school the student will represent. Schools may develop local policies with additional requirements for participation. You can find more information related to the full-time student rule in Section 406 UIL Constitution and Contest Rules

District Executive Committee/Scheduling District Games

  • DEC’s will need to meet to confirm soccer schedules, playoff qualifiers, and safety protocols concerning the 2020-2021 school year.
  • The District Executive Committee shall arrange a schedule to determine district representatives prior to the posted district certification date.
  • The DEC shall determine the place and/or time of district games in case of disagreement between two schools for both the regular season, games postponed due to weather, or disruptions in scheduled games due to COVID-19.  The DEC should give strong consideration for schedules that allow for disruptions and a method for certifying district representatives in the event games cannot be made up.
  • DEC’s need to prepare tie-breaker protocols as well as protocols to address certifying the district with the potential for incomplete seasons. A district executive committee may authorize a single elimination game or tournament to resolve district ties. A one-game play-off could break a two-way tie. A single elimination tournament could resolve a tie between three or more schools.

NOTE: These games must be completed by the district certification deadline and will not count against the

allowable games if not previously scheduled. Tie-breakers must be held in compliance with calendar week and school week restrictions.  If the district executive committee schedules any other games or tournaments as part of their method for determining play-off representatives, the games played must count in the season limitation.

  • NOTE:  Districts may want to be creative with their schedules to ensure district contests get played prior to District Certification.

Scrimmage, Tournament & Game Scheduling

  • 0 Tournaments and 21 games or
  • 1 Tournament and 19 games or
  • 2 Tournaments and 17 games or
  • 3 Tournaments and 15 games
  • Scrimmages - no more than 4 schools may meet for scrimmage purposes at one site. For sites that are used to having multiple groups of 4 at a scrimmage, that is not allowed for the 2021 soccer season.  Not team or student shall participate in more than 2 scrimmages per calendar week.
  • For teams choosing to substitute games in place of tournaments, 3 games may be played in a calendar week. If school is in session, the 2nd and 3rd game must be played after the end of the school week.

New: School Week Limitation Exception - UIL varsity district contests postponed because of COVID-19 reasons may be rescheduled and played as exceptions to the school week limit as noted in state regulations, as long as they are rescheduled and played on a date agreed upon by the two schools involved in the contest, or on a date as determined by the District Executive Committee, if the two schools cannot agree.

Tournament Guidelines and Restrictions:

  1. Maximum of 4 teams per site at any one time
    1. 2 teams playing in game
    2. 2 teams warming up on opposite sides / ends of field
    3. Teams coming onto field for next game must wait until the team before them completely leaves the field and sideline / dugout area and the area has been cleaned
    4. The game must be completed and the 2 teams playing in the game (a.) must have left the facility before the next two teams can come in and begin their warm-up on opposite sides / ends of the field.
  1. Participating school responsibilities
    1. Follow all UIL protocols / guidelines in place on the COVID-19 Information page (
    2. Follow all local protocols that are communicated out ahead of time
    3. Follow approved NFHS rules considerations
    4. Self-screen, temperature checks, face coverings, social distancing
  1. Host site responsibilities
    1. Follow all UIL protocols / guidelines in place on the COVID-19 Information page (
    2. Follow approved NFHS rules considerations for respective sport
    3. Communicate any local protocols, that are in place in addition to the UIL protocols, to participating teams well in advance of tournament
    4. Host school must create a warm-up plan where no two teams are in the same warm-up area at the same time
    5. Host school must create a plan to clean and disinfect the dugout / sideline areas between each game
    6. Host school must create a plan for a deep clean and disinfecting at the end of each day to prepare for next day

NFHS Soccer Considerations

In support of the guidance to opening up high school athletics the NFHS soccer rules committee created considerations for state associations to consider whether any possible rules could be altered for the 2020-21 soccer season. The following outline the considerations the UIL soccer will make for this next season only.

Pregame Conference (5-2-2d)

§  Limit attendees to head referee or center referee, the head coach from each team, and a single captain from each team.

§  Move the location of the pregame conference to center of the field. All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet.

§  Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.

Ball Holders (6-1)

§   Encourage social distancing of 6 feet

Team Benches (1-5-1)

§   Encourage bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet.  

Substitution Procedures (3-4)

§   Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the substitute, officials and/or teammate(s) by encouraging substitutions to occur closer to the center line.

Pre and Post Match Ceremony

§   Suspend the pregame world cup introduction line and send players to their field positions with bench personnel lined up on the touch line (3-6 feet apart) for introductions.

  • Suspend post game protocol of shaking hands.