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Challenge Protocols

Challenge COVID-19 Program Updates

This resource page is intended to provide our Challenge families with program specific information related to your return-to-play. Every player, parent, family, and coach should understand and abide by our club’s comprehensive Return-to-Play Safety Protocols where you will find COVID-19 safety information related to our facilities, field of play, coaches/support staff, players, parents/spectators, training sessions, general health guidelines, symptom screening, and incident management.


Projected Timeline
Below is our projected timeline for our Challenge program as we start training with contact allowed and work toward game play by early September. All dates are subject to change.


August 17th – August 28th


  • Contact will be allowed in game-like situations, with competitive scrimmages capped at 5v5
  • Any exercise not involving contact will remain under social distancing protocols
  • Teams will train in groups of no more than 9-10 players. Teams of more than 10 need to be split into 2 training groups, with groups of no more than 10 players.
  • Teams may choose to continue to train under no contact, socially distanced activities on-field
  • All sessions will be 60 minutes in duration

August 31st and Beyond


  • Contact will be allowed in game-like situations, with no restriction to scrimmaging format
  • Any exercise not involving contact will remain under social distancing protocols
  • Teams will be allowed to train as one group (up to 20 players)
  • All sessions will return to standard 90 minutes in duration

September 12th - 13th


  • NCFC Youth League games will be scheduled. We expect a full 8-game Challenge season. You may have a double-header weekend to kick-off the season or at any point during the season. Specific team schedules will be released at a later date.

October 10th - 11th


  • Bye weekend for Challenge teams. At the discretion of each team, teams may choose to participate in a tournament this weekend. The NCFC Youth Columbus Day Classic is a great option for teams who want tournament competition without any need to travel.

October 31st - November 1


  • Last scheduled weekend for Challenge program.


+ Training Protocols

- Training Protocols

Contact will be allowed at training when we start the season on August 17th. Sessions will be designed with elements of full contact within the training environment in accordance with the club’s phased in approach and only in necessary game-like situations. Click "Training Protocols" to expand and show reminders of our protocols.

  • Contact WILL be allowed at training beginning August 17th! Sessions will be designed with elements of full contact within the training environment in accordance with the club’s phased in approach (i.e. maximum of 4v4/5v5 play during first two weeks of phased in contact) and only in necessary game-like situations. Goalkeepers may be incorporated into training and game-like play. Players should remain 6 feet apart when not engaged in soccer training activities. Team huddles, handshakes, high-fives, and other non-essential forms of contact are prohibited during training sessions. information will be updated when we transition the week of August 31.

  • It is expected that players wear masks while walking to and from the field of play and where social distancing may not be possible in accordance with North Carolina Phase 2 Executive Orders. Players are not required to wear masks during training sessions but are free to do so.

  • Players must bring their own ball and water to trainings and store their belongings 6 feet apart from other players' belongings. No team benches should be set up.

  • Players should wear their NAVY training jersey (or other dark colored top) and bring their GRAY game jersey (or other light colored top if you don't have your jersey) to every training session. Coaches may use these jerseys as differentiating colors (similar to pinnies) during training sessions. Coaches may elect to use pinnies instead, provided all pinnies are washed prior to the session, and each pinnie is assigned to one player for the duration of a training session. Players are not to share pinnies. If a player puts on a pinnie, that is his/her pinnie for the entire session. If a coach has two teams and elects to use pinnies, we advise using 1 set of pinnies per team. If a player has not yet received his/her uniform from soccer.com, please wear/bring appropriate colored t-shirts.

  • Players are to enter the field through a designated entry point. If there is only one entrance/exit to the field, players should wait until the previous session has cleared the field prior to entering. Maps of each complex will be provided via email and www.ncfcyouth.com.

  • All coaches and staff at soccer facilities are required to wear masks while on NCFC soccer facility properties. Masks are to be washed prior to coaching each day.

  • All Players, Coaches and Staff must complete a Symptom Screening Process prior to each practice. Symptom Screening includes a self-screening procedure for coaches/staff/players to follow at home to verify that they are not experiencing symptoms or knowingly exposed to someone who is symptomatic.

  • Parents are expected to either remain in their vehicle or take advantage of walking trails available at each site for the duration of the training session. Parents may not congregate around or immediately outside the field of play.

  • It is expected that parents wear masks while in the general vicinity of soccer fields and any areas where social distancing is not possible in accordance with North Carolina Phase 2 Executive Orders.

  • Players may assist Coaches in moving goals on turf fields, cones, and other coaching equipment provided they sanitize their hands prior to and after moving the goal, and they remain 6 feet apart while moving the equipment.

+ Game Day Protocols

- Game Day Protocols

  • To view our protocols specific to game day, click here.



For any Challenge player who is not comfortable with contact occurring at the start of the season or game play, please reach out to Challenge Director, Brett Malone at [email protected].

Contact

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Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Phone : 919-834-3951
Email: [email protected]

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