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COVID-19 Update


NCYSA COVID-19 Updates

The North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, Inc. was founded in 1976.  They are the governing body of youth soccer for NC Youth Soccer.

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It is NCYSA’s intention to assist everyone, our players, our player’s families, our member organizations and the referees, to begin to return to “normal” by resuming play and other soccer activities as soon as possible.  In an effort to accommodate the return to play, NCYSA has developed the following plan:

  • The Spring 2020 Recreation and Competitive seasons will be reinstated June 1 through July 12, 2020 (unless we are able to resume earlier). 

Please Note:Registration for your players is in effect through August 31, 2020, therefore, our members may choose to continue play past the July 12th date.

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NRFA/AL COVID-19 Update- April 4, 2020

Neuse River FA and Neuse River Archer Lodge and JUSA Families,

We hope that all of you are continuing to stay safe and healthy while our community continues to adjust to this new way of life in response to COVID-19. 



This week, both US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the NC Youth Soccer Assoc (NCYSA) pushed back the potential return to play date to May 1, 2020. Additionally, USYS has canceled all National Championships and Regional Championships. Decisions pertaining to NCYSA regular season play will be made in the near future. 



While soccer isn’t the most important thing on people’s minds right now, we understand that you all have questions regarding dates, the spring season, dues, etc.  Unfortunately, we simply don’t have all of the answers at this time, but our board members and staff are meeting on a weekly basis in an attempt to stay on top of our ever-changing world and how it affects our soccer club.   We’re sharing ideas on how to keep our players and teams engaged, in shape, and sharp on their skills in anticipation of the restart of the spring season. We’re also discussing updates on facilities, budgets and the financial impacts on the club and our families, amongst several other topics.  



Below you will find a few answers to some common questions we know you all are asking.



When will you start the season back? 

With the latest announcement by Governor Cooper announcing school closures through May 15 and new “stay-at-home” orders extension to 4/29/20, our current plan will target the start of the season in early May.  What we can tell you is this; we are in constant communication with our governing body NCYSA and other organizations around the state that believe strongly that getting back to soccer will be incredibly important for everyone involved - coaches, players, officials and fans - and for that reason, we are looking at several scenarios and contingency plans to get us back on the fields as soon as we are safe, and legally, able to do so.



What will the season look like?

Every idea is on the table. We have creative, smart people working to ensure we have a solution. We don’t know what is going to happen over the next few weeks and therefore cannot predict the solution that will work best at this time.  They may even be different for Competitive and Recreation leagues.



These are some of the ideas that have been proposed by NCYSA, USYS and our fellow soccer clubs and organizations.

·  Condensed season- multiple games over the weekend and potentially on the same day

·  Tournament style play every weekend with other local clubs

·  Games on weeknights

·  Additional practice times



Why not just cancel?

There are several reasons not to cancel:

·  We continue to remain hopeful that we can open the fields and get the kids out to play as soon as we are permitted to do so! Returning to some form of normalcy will be crucial in the healing process of our Neuse River FA community.

·  “Saving” the season will help our local small businesses, officials and other soccer organizations like us (who often operate on a thread) that are a vital part of a strong community.

·  Cancelling puts our non-profit club at risk of not being able to offer all of the services we have been able to provide in the past.



Can I get a refund?

At this time, NO refunds will be offered. There are a couple of reasons for this:

·  The organization sets our fees based on a budget that is very tight, in the attempt to keep the ability to play as economical as possible for us all.  There are FIXED costs (rent, insurance, field maintenance, equipment, staff, etc.) that make up a significant part of our yearly expenses and the club must cover these costs whether we are playing or not.

·  As mentioned above, the expectation is that WE WILL HAVE A SEASON!  It just might restart a little late and certainly will not look as we had expected. 



We appreciate your understanding and patience as our world moves forward towards a return to “normalcy”.  Your commitment and support for your local, community-based club has been vital to our success and we promise to be equally committed to working through these challenging and stressful times towards the goal of getting our children back on the soccer field, playing the game they love.



On behalf of the Board of Directors,



            Chris Palmer                                          Dawn DeSoto                                  Mark Morgan

            President                                                NRFA AL Director                           Executive Director

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Neuse River Futbol Alliance

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Clayton, North Carolina 27527
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