Risk Management/COVID

The New Mexico Youth Soccer Association fully subscribes to the US Youth Soccer KidSafe initiatives, the USYS Code of Conduct, USSF Recognize to Recover and has established a statewide risk management program. As part of that program, all coaches and program administrators must submit to a sensitive criminal history background check.  For detailed information on the NMYSA Risk Management Program, you can view the NMYSA Risk Management Program in its entirety.  To complete the electronic background check disclosure, 
coaches must register with their League/Club.  


New Mexico Public Health Order restrictions have been modified to allow for youth sports practices and skills development in groups of no more than 10.  As such, New Mexico Youth Soccer will begin sanctioning activity that complies with our NMYSA Phase I protocols guided by the USSF PLAY ON Grassroots Soccer initiative.  Before you begin training, please ensure the following,

  •  Designate a COVID 19 Mitigation contact person for your League/Club and notify us who that person is via email at office@nmysa.net.  This person is responsible for compliance, communications, record retention, mitigation and incident management for your League/Club.
  •  Ensure that players/coaches are registered to NMYSA for the 20-21 season

If coaches, players and administrators are not comfortable beginning soccer trainings, it is important they understand that they should not!  No one should pressure or pressure others into a decision to participate.


  •  Masks are required for all participants, coaches, players, administrators and spectator/parents.
  • Coaches/League/Clubs maintain attendance/screening records of all participants at each training session, (Participant Monitoring Form).
  •  Phase I does not allow for spectators.  Parents should drop off their player, remain in their cars and follow all Public Health Orders.

It is imperative that all NMYSA members adhere to the Public Health Orders, NMYSA Phase I Protocols and NM COVID Safe Practices in order for us to maintain our open/sanctioning status with the State.  Non-compliance may result in sanctions against violators, Soccer being restricted by Health Order and/or our ability to move to other phases/league play. Please ensure compliance so that our youth can play soccer!

     COVID-19 Updates
NMYSA Return to Play IMG

Current NMYSA Updates/Guidelines/Phases

Return to Activity Resources: 

US Soccer Play On Graphic

NMYSA Updates Archive

NMYSA Return to Play Update (07/15/20)
NM PHO Update (07/13/20)
NMYSA Return to Play Announcement Update (06/26)
NMYSA Return to Play Protocols Update (5/29)
NM DOH Guidelines for Summer Youth Programs and COVID Safe Practices (5/15)
NMYSA Technical Director Social Distancing Activities Slideshow (May 2020)
NMYSA Return to Play Announcement Update (5/29)
NMYSA Return to Play Announcement Update (5/19)
NMYSA Return to Play Protocols Update (5/19)
NMYSA Return to Play Announcement (5/15)
NMYSA Return to Play Protocols (5/15)
NM DOH Guidelines for Summer Youth Programs and COVID Safe Practices (5/15)
NMYSA Office Closure Notice (3/20)
NMYSA COVID-19 Update (3/16)
NMYSA COVID-19 Notice (3/12)

US Youth Soccer Updates Archive

USYS Return to Activity Notice (5/19)
USYS ODP Camp Cancellation Notice (4/21)
USYS New Elite Soccer Platform Development Announcement (4/15)
USYS Extension of Suspension (4/14)
USYS Programming and Advisory Notice (3/31)
USYS 2020 Travel and Health Guidance (3/13)
USYS Statement on International Travel Concerns (2/27)

US Soccer Updates Archive

US Soccer Play ON Overview Video 
US Soccer Play ON Returning to Practice Video
US Soccer Play ON Hydration Video
US Soccer Play ON Wearing a Mask Video
US Soccer Play ON Arrival/Check-IN Video
US Soccer Play ON Recommendation Guides
USSF Play ON RTP Guidelines (05/29)
USSF Statement on the Coronavirus 
USSF Statement on the Coronavirus (03/12)


Coaching Registration Requirements     

  • All NMYSA Coaches must complete the CDC Heads Up Concussion online course every 2 years.  The course is available online by clicking here.  Once complete, please save your completion certificate to upload to your coach record.
  • All NMYSA coaches are required to take the SafeSport online course and the refresher course every year thereafter.  Once you complete the SafeSport or refresher training, the Stack system should automatically upload that to your Stack profile , if you use the same email to register however, please save your completion certificate to upload to your record in the event that the program fails. This course is available by clicking here. (Governing body is US Soccer and the code is YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M)
  •  Coach Registration Instructions  


Useful Risk Management forms/tools:


To report a concern of suspected Child Abuse or Sexualized Misconduct please use the following steps:
1. Contact your local club or league
2. Contact the NMYSA by phone at 505-830-2245 or the State Risk Manager, 
Rennae Ross.
3. File a report with SafeSport 

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