Major League Soccer will allow players to begin individual workouts at team facilities beginning May 6. The workouts will be voluntary and players will have access to outdoor fields operated by their clubs, unless local government policies prohibit access. This is similar to the NBA’s plan to begin opening practice gyms to players on May 8.
Before workouts can start, each MLS club must submit a health and safety plan to be reviewed by the league, as well as the specific team’s medical staff and local infectious disease experts. A club’s plan must list which members of its staff are deemed “essential” and thus allowed entry into facilities. The league will also require that all players and staff have their temperatures checked upon arriving at a facility and that players wear face masks when walking from the facility parking lot to the practice field.
Each outdoor field will be divided into four quadrants, with one player permitted per quadrant during the same training session. Equipment such as balls, cones and goals must be disinfected between each session and players are not allowed to engage in passing or shooting drills with each other. All staff must also wear protective equipment and maintain a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.