The Humboldt Youth Soccer League announced on Monday that the 2020 season has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.
The decision was announced on the league’s Facebook page.
“We have been working with our local health department and with our parent organization (CalNorth Soccer) to understand what type of soccer program we could safely provide in the fall, if any,” the press release said. “The guidance we received from these two governing organizations has been very clear that soccer, as we are used to it, will simply not be possible this fall.”
The league, which has been in operation since 1986, has close to 800 players from ages 4 to 18.
“Because of the social distancing and safety guidelines we would have to follow, games of any kind (even scrimmages within team units) would not be allowed under any circumstances,” the press release further explained, adding “We feel that the elevated health risks combined with the increased costs for a decreased soccer program would not benefit our players.”
The league, however, will be developing a virtual soccer program for the fall.
“We believe that we can better serve our community by providing this low cost, virtual soccer option,” the press release said. “It will be an engaging, fun, alternative that will keep our players safe while still learning important soccer skills. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for details.”