Sky Blue Enters Phase Two of Return to Sport

Sky Blue FC announced today that players will begin small group training. This is Phase Two of the National Women’s Soccer League’s “Return to Play Phased Protocol.” If all goes well, Phase Three will advance to full-team training by May 30th. The proposed tournament in Utah was not mentioned in the statement.

During Phase Two, a maximum of eight players may participate. Any players entering the training facility must complete a Pre-Training Assessment with symptom and temperature screening. Clubs can use indoor facilities such as weight rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms. All players and staff members must be fully tested, including an Antibody test, before attending group training.

Professional teams in Italy and Germany are providing a benchmark for safe training conditions. Players are required to arrive in their training gear and wear masks when arriving and departing the facility. There will be no shared water bottles during training, and staff will disinfect surfaces following use.

“Following the advice and counsel of our medical advisors, the NWSL is pleased to be taking the next steps to safely return to competition,” NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement today.

This season, SBFC entered into a partnership with the New York Red Bulls. The agreement included sharing facilities such as Red Bull Arena in Harrison and the Training Facility in Whippany. Team statements did not address how these facilities will be shared in the coming days. The New York Red Bulls players are also being permitted to return to training following a suspension since March 13th. Spread over 15 acres, the training facility complex features four full-sized fields. There is also a lounge area, cafeteria, fully-loaded gym, locker rooms, and offices.

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