The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is monitoring the recent cases of COVID-19 reported within the league. We will be following our league’s COVID-19 guidelines to ensure a safe return to play when appropriate.
Although guidelines to prevent an outbreak were given to participating teams prior to the season, we have identified the source and times of a small outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests within one participating team. Two additional teams were directly exposed to the outbreak by competing against the affected team this past weekend.
Prior to the season, the WPASL set forth guidelines to maintain player safety if an outbreak occurred within a participating team. The three teams directly exposed must follow these guidelines in order to safely return to play.
- Any teams exposed to the players who tested positive must either prove a negative test or quarantine for 14 days.
Due to this guideline, games and team functions for these three teams will be suspended until a 14 day quarantine time is met starting from time of exposure. Any symptomatic players must test negative or quarantine for 10 days after the resolution of their symptoms. Non-symptomatic players must prove a negative test or quarantine for 14 days.
This follows guidelines set forth by local county officials. If these guidelines are met appropriately, all quarantined teams can safely return to competition on Sunday, August 23rd.
A fourth team was indirectly exposed through a game played with a directly exposed team. Due to the indirect exposure, this team must closely monitor players for symptoms, and if any player shows signs of symptomatic behavior, the player must prove a negative test to continue play. This allows for their game to be played on Sunday, August 16th should both teams agree to the game being played.
The WPASL put out guidelines previous to the start of the season stating that each player and each team is given the freedom to decide if they are willing to continue participation of the 2020 season due to concerns over COVID-19 exposure. There are guidelines for any participating team to discontinue their season if they feel appropriate. If this decision were to be made while the season is still in session, the team must inform the league of such a decision, pay a fine for any scheduled games not played and will forfeit any previous and future games played for the 2020 season. These guidelines were approved by each participating club ahead of the season, and will be followed accordingly.
League officials have been in direct contact with the managers of each exposed team and we will continue to monitor the situation on a team-by-team basis to properly ensure player safety.
Our league and teams have been in contact with local governments and are committed to maintaining player safety by following CDC, State and Local government guidelines and by following an extensive Return to Play plan put forth by the league prior to the season. We strive to maintain a positive and safe playing environment for all participating teams and players.