MASL Statement on COVID-19

by Jeff Husted

KANSAS CITY (March 11, 2020) - The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) continues to monitor the developments surrounding the coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak. The league has scheduled daily meetings with all of its member clubs to monitor the ever-evolving situation and plan accordingly.

“As we evaluate this situation we continue to consult with other similar leagues to share ideas and ensure we are all following safe practices,” said MASL Commissioner Joshua Schaub. “Ultimately we want to do everything we can to make sure our fans, players and staff are safe.”

In compliance with the state of Washington’s decision to restrict crowds, the Tacoma Stars have moved their game this Friday against the San Diego Sockers from the accesso ShoWare Center to the Tacoma Soccer Center and will limit the number of fans allowed entry. More details about this game can be found here.

As situations continue to develop, each team remains in close contact with their home venues to ensure the safety of teams, officials and fans.

Like other leagues, the MASL is recommending to its players and staff extended safety precautions when it comes to fan and media interactions. In communications last week, the MASL sent each team guidelines for maintaining proper personal hygiene practices, including regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water, as well as the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

In regard to the current risk assessment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States. COVID-19 can be transmitted between people within six feet of each other by way of respiratory droplets produced by an infected person coughing or sneezing. COVID-19 is also transmitted from contact with infected surfaces or objects.