Soccer – July/August Session Protocols

ANZA Soccer
Training Session Protocols
(as at 13 August 2020)

We rely on the ANZA Soccer community to comply with these requirements in good faith, for the protection of all participants and the continuation of our ANZA Soccer programmes. Please read our own protocols here, and the government guidelines and requirements further down.

Most Important Government Requirements

While the protocols below are extensive, the most important rules are summarized here. Parents should go over these with their children. Not only do these requirements promote health and hygiene, but government inspectors and The Cage’s managers routinely observe our operations, and if they see ANZA Soccer participants disregarding the rules, we could face serious consequences. 

  1. Everyone participating must stay 3 meters away from others in general, and 1 meter away from group-mates once placed in their 5-person group, except during play when transient contact closer than 1 meter is allowed.
  2. These safe-distancing rules apply everywhere during the sessions, including in the carpark and while walking to and from the pitches. Carpark and walking groups are particularly easy for inspectors to observe, and all ANZA parents should be ready to give children reminders if they see them walking/standing/sitting closer than 3 meters in these areas.
  3. Everyone staying at the pitches must sign in and out, using the QR codes provided or with the help of the check-in volunteer.
  4. Everyone must wear face masks when not playing, and no one should touch others or share water bottles or snacks.
  5. Everyone must follow the designated entry and exit routes to the pitches and follow coaches’ and volunteers’ instructions on when/how to get into small groups and when to leave the pitch.
  6. All efforts will be made to remove possibilities for small groups to interact, in order to maintain the social distancing rules.
  7. Each full-size pitch may have up to 50 people max on it during a session, including all players, coaches, and spectators (in blue vests). Volunteers in yellow vests, who should stay 3 meters from everyone on the pitch, are not counted.  

Before Your Training Session

  1. Players should bring: handphone and/or ID card/copy, mask, water bottle, shinguards, sunscreen, hand sanitiser. We recommend a bag with a zippered compartment to keep the ID/phone safe during practice. Volunteers will keep an eye on the bags.
  2. Players should arrive 5–10 minutes before their start time.
  3. With very limited exceptions, spectators will not be allowed at the training sessions. For example, children with serious medical conditions may have one parent stay; please contact your AGC/CTC beforehand, to be counted in the 50-person pitch limit. 
  4. In our pre-school groups (Groups 3, 4, and 5), many children naturally need emotional/parental support and encouragement and so a parent may accompany them. However please contact your AGC beforehand, to be counted in the 50-person pitch limit.  Note that the more parents we have in Groups 3, 4, and 5, the fewer kids we can accommodate on the pitch. Therefore, we encourage parents to pool together and have 1 parent stay for 2-3 kids where possible.  All spectators must put on a blue vest, sit on their own towel two seats from anyone else, and maintain a 3-meter distance between themselves and anyone except for their carpool group.
  5. Please ensure that the age group’s Safety Manager (or AGC/CTC) has up-to-date contact information for you, in case they need to reach you during a training session.
  6. Players must be ready to play (correct clothes/shoes on, shinguards on, sunscreen applied) before checking in. Players needing to change/prepare should do so somewhere before the check-in area and 3 meters from others.

Entering and Exiting the Pitches

Pitch map with entry/exit routes is HERE

  1. ANZA Soccer and The Cage Sports Park have determined appropriate safe entry and exit routes for each pitch. Everyone must follow the routes carefully and maintain social distance from others while walking. 
  2. Each pitch has its own temperature-screening and check-in area. Players must go directly to this screening area only. If there is a line to be screened, those waiting must maintain a 3-meter distance from each other (or between carpool groups) at all times.
  3. Players will be temperature-screened at check-in and will receive a coloured sticker if not above 37.5 celsius.
  4. Check-in will require a handphone or form of ID. Please be ready to scan the QR code for your pitch, as you do at a mall. If no phone is available, children should bring an ID or copy of ID with their FIN/NRIC code and a volunteer will check them in. Parents who are staying (with prior permission) must complete check-in and temperature screening as well and display their sticker.
  5. Parents who are not staying may walk children to the check-in area to ensure safe check-in. They should then leave The Cage—no waiting around the pitch area please! Note that it is an offense in Singapore to sit in a parked car with the motor idling. 
  6. AGCs/CTCs/Safety Managers will inform participants of how and when to join their 5-person groups. Once with their small groups, players can stay 1 meter apart from their groupmates, while maintaining 3 meters from those of other groups.
  7. Participants should leave the pitches by the approved routes promptly when their sessions finish. Walkers should maintain 1 meter distance from groupmates and 3 meters distance from others at all times. Parent coaches and volunteers should walk with children to maintain these rules. No one should linger unnecessarily on the walk out or in the carpark. All ANZA parents should be ready to give children reminders if they see them walking, standing, or sitting closer than 3 meters in these areas.

During the Training Sessions

  1. Non-coaching volunteers (in yellow vests) and allowed spectators (in blue vests) should stay in areas away from the players and maintain a 3-meter distance between themselves at all times.
  2. If anyone displays symptoms of cold / flu during practice, they will be sent home.
  3. Goalies in designated goalie-training sessions will be put in groups of 5 and coached by a dedicated professional coach. They will be instructed in proper safe-distancing depending on whether they will move into another group later in the session. 
  4. If moving from one pitch to another for different parts of a practice (pitch 1 to pitch 2, for instance), players must check out of the first pitch and check in to the second, using the QR codes posted by each pitch (they do not need to redo their temperature checks).
  5. Hygiene: No sharing of water bottles or snacks, no unnecessary contact (handshakes, hugs, high-fives, fist-bumps, etc.), and avoid handling the ball or equipment (except for goalies with gloves on). Handwashing and hand-sanitising is encouraged.
  6. Seating: Bring a towel if you plan to sit down, and leave at least TWO seats between yourself and the next seated person. Anyone without something to sit on must not use any seating at The Cage, including picnic tables. 
  7. Water and belongings should ideally be kept with each group on the pitch, to avoid groups mingling during breaks. At the end of the session, small groups will be dismissed to the exit route one by one, directly from their areas, to avoid mingling with incoming pitch users. Volunteers and spectators should walk out with the players to maintain order and spacing. 

Parent Volunteers Needed! 

For this programme to adhere to the necessary guidelines, we will need a number of volunteers per age group, per session:

  1. AGC, CTC, or Safety Manage: For each age group/session, an AGC/CTC or designated Safety Manager will oversee procedures and compliance, communicate with volunteers and parents, and respond to questions.
  2. Parent coaches: For some sessions, parent coaches will be needed to manage small groups under our pro coaches’ direction. AGCs/CTCs will coordinate parent coaching needs. 
  3. Temperature -screener and check-in manager: Each age group should have at least two parent volunteers for these tasks. These volunteers will then stay at the session to assist with any matters that arise and help maintain social distancing at all times.
  4. Directing foot traffic: Another one or two volunteers (per session, not age group) will be needed to help direct foot traffic at the start of the session, so that entry/exit routes are followed as per government requirements. 
  5. Combining volunteers: When a number of age groups are training at the same pitch at the same time, temperature screening and traffic directing roles may be combined resulting in a lower overall requirement of volunteers. The oldest age groups may also need fewer volunteers, especially after initial sessions. 
  6. Not enough volunteers: In case of insufficient volunteers for any session, the session will be cancelled. Therefore, if you are able to help, please let your AGC/CTC know. We remind parents that by signing up for ANZA Soccer you have agreed to volunteer your time to help the programme run.  

Government Guidelines and Requirements and ANZA Soccer’s Responsibilities

The government  has set out very specific guidelines for community sports activities. The full guidelines can be found HERE.

As per the COVID-19 Safety Management Plan of The Cage, Turf City, the Safety Related Responsibilities for organised bookings by ANZA Soccer are delegated to ANZA Soccer and we rely on our parents, players, coaches and volunteers to comply fully with this protocol.


Government Oversight and Inspections

The government may inspect our operations at any time. If a session is found to be in violation of the guidelines, ANZA Soccer and/or The Cage may be warned, sanctioned, or shut down. Therefore, we must follow the rules to the letter, and anyone willfully violating the guidelines will be dismissed from the session and may be disallowed from future sessions. Parents, please remind your children about the rules and expectations before each training session, and set a good example by complying with them yourselves as well. 

If you see any non-members monitoring our sessions, be friendly and emphasise what a great effort it takes by many parents to create as safe an environment as possible for our children to enjoy their favourite sport again. If anyone wishes to speak with the person in charge, refer them to the AGC/CTC/Safety Manager overseeing your pitch or to Coach Yakob please.


No Photos/Videos on Social Media Please

Please refrain from posting any photos or videos from ANZA Soccer sessions on social media at this time, as we have heard of cases of overzealous netizens who scout for perceived violations and report them to the authorities.