May 12, 2020


Dear Club and League Representatives:


Please allow this communication to serve as an additional update from our Association.


MSYSA’s (FAQ’s) have been updated as of May 12, 2020. The primary edits include references to player insurance during the summer months, as it relates to a potential, phased-in, return-to-play.


MSYSA has created a document that outlines examples of communications/activities permitted by clubs, and examples of communications/activities that are not permitted. This is not a comprehensive list and MSYSA may need to add to or amend this list in the future. Should you have questions, please email us at .  







Please be advised that Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has extended her ‘ Stay Home, Stay Safe ’ Executive Order through Thursday, May 28, 2020. As you know, MSYSA’s return-to-play date is June 1, 2020. However, MSYSA anticipates reviewing the June 1, 2020 return-to-play date on or around May 18, 2020.


For now, MSYSA has suspended all of our soccer activities*, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all affiliated soccer activities through May 31, 2020. In addition, MSYSA recently developed a new policy for 2020-2021, redefining how travel teams may be formed in the absence of in-person (traditional) try-outs. For specific details please read for more information.


* MSYSA affiliated activities includes scheduled games, team practice/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that MSYSA sanctions and insures).


Currently, the State of Michigan is in Phase 3 (Flattening) of six phases in the Governors plan. Phase 4 (Improving) is outlined as the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths declining, with robust testing and contact tracing in place. Phase 5 (Containing) is described as the state’s confirmed case count and death rates continuing to improve, and outbreaks that can be quickly contained. In Phase 5, outdoor recreation (currently not defined in any way) is allowed (limited-size groups) with adherence to social distancing. Phase 6 (Post-pandemic) is when community spread is no longer expected to return, and the economy is fully reopened. It is not likely the State of Michigan will be in this phase until there is a vaccine or cure for COVID-19.


In the near future, US Youth Soccer plans to provide State Associations with guidelines as it relates to a potential, and phased-in, return-to-play. MSYSA future guidelines may be comparable. However, MSYSA guidelines could also include additional guidance/recommendations suggested from the CDC, and state/local health departments. In addition, MSYSA’s guidelines are likely to outline player responsibilities, parent/guardian responsibilities and coach/club responsibilities. Like you, MSYSA is hopeful that the State of Michigan, and the appropriate health departments, share their information, when available.


Our next teleconference (Zoom) update will occur with club and league representatives on  Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm. A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID.  Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only. 


Finally, for a potential, safe, and orderly return-to-play, at some point in the future, please do your part by following the CDC recommendations.




Thomas Faro

Executive Director


cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors