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COVID Return to Play Guidelines

For 2022, our Sterling Soccer safety protocols are built on guidances from:

  • Loudoun County Dept of Parks & Recreation
  • The Loudoun County Dept of Health
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)

We will adapt these protocols as public health guidelines change and hopefully ease restrictions.  By working together, we can help reduce the spread, protect those in our community who are most at risk, and return to play safely and responsibly.

Please do note that Sterling Soccer will change our policy as needed to follow any new changes and new guidelines as required by Loudoun County and the state of Virginia health agencies. We will alert our members if any new changes are implemented, as needed.

  • Face Mask: Face masks are recommended, but not required for coaches, players, and spectators at practices and games. If you are unvaccinated, we do suggest that you wear a face mask.
  • Social distancing: We still recommend that our members continue to social distance as much as possible, and keep observing safety measures, as in not sharing items, and continue to use disinfectants.
  • Hand shakes and high-fives with opposing teams are still not recommended for games, and we urge our coaches to use alternative options.

Face Masks

Coaches, Players, and Parents are no longer required to wear face masks on the fields or in games


Social Distancing

Social distancing is still encouraged. Please respect your fellow spectators and keep a safe distance during games



Please do not share personal items, sports equipment, water bottles with others

COVID19 Pre-play Questionnaire

1. Is your participant's current temperature 100.4 F or higher?

2. Has the participant been diagnosed with COVID19 within the last 14 days?

3. Is the participant displaying any symptoms of COVID19 in the last 14 days?

4. Has the participant been exposed to anyone who has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID19 in the last 14 days?

Reporting and Communicating COVID-19 Illness and Exposure

  • Staff and Coaches are required to immediately report to their Sterling Soccer leadership if they test positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for or is displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • For players who have tested positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for or is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, their parent or guardian is required to report this to the club at and should provide as much information as possible, such as:
    • Child’s first and last name
    • Team
    • Specific symptoms (e.g. sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, temperature of 100.4 degrees F, chills, headache, sinus congestion, cough persistent and/or productive, joint aches and soreness, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or a rash)
    • Testing: have they been tested, or are they being tested, the results, if applicable
    • Family details: whether the case was identified within another household member, etc.
    • Last date your child participated in a Sterling Soccer in-person event
  • All names and details will be kept confidential and will only be shared with local health officials
  • If a case of COVID-19 is reported, Sterling Soccer will communicate with the local health department and follow the appropriate guidelines. All players, coaches and staff who came into contact with that person will be notified. Due to HIPPA laws and to protect the privacy of all involved, the identity of that person will remain anonymous
  • Once notified that an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or has been in close proximity with any player, coach, or staff member, such individuals must adhere to all guidelines as communicated. These guidelines may include, but are not limited to:
    • Notifying your primary physician
    • Adhering to self-isolation and/or quarantine for 14 days or undergo testing and confirm and negative test result
    • Requiring proof of a negative test or a doctor’s note before returning to play
    • Affected teams may transition to Virtual Training during this period until members are cleared to return to in-person programming