Minnesota Womens Soccer League

COVID-19 Guidelines for Winter Session I

Here you'll find our COVID-19 Guidelines for Winter Session I. Please hold your teammates to these guidelines for the safety of all of our members. It is within the rights of a team manager or board member to ask someone who isn't complying with these guidelines to either do so, or leave the dome. We thank everyone ahead of time for their understanding and committment to safety. Referee should also abide by these guidelines and they will be instructed to do so by their assignor and the State Referee Committee.

Players may sub on other teams if they choose.

The West St. Paul Dome does not currently have a mask mandate or vaccine mandate, nor does the city or county. If any of this changes, we will be sure to let you know.

If you have any questions for concerns, email info@mwsl.org

Reporting Injuries

To all MWSL teams; it is important referees report any injuries that take place during the game in case medical care is needed following the injury. PLEASE MAKE SURE REFEREES ARE NOTING THESE INJURIES DURING THE GAME AND REMIND THEM THAT IT NEEDS TO BE REPORTED IN THEIR OFFICIAL GAME REPORT. This will save you frustration down the road.

If you've been injured, the league has created a new form to fill out to initiate the claim process. INJURY REPORT FORM

In addition, this help guide will explain to players the process of reporting an injury.

Looking for a Team? Looking for Players?

The best way to find teams looking for players or players looking for teams is to visit our Facebook group page. Check it out here! Currently, a "Find a Team" option is not available on our website, and you no longer register and then have a team pick you up. Team managers must send you an invite to join their team.

Team Managers can be reached via email if you visit the "Contact" page where you can see a list of current teams.

You can also reach out to info@mwsl.org as a team manager or a player and we'll do our best to get you in touch with others.

MWSL Does NOT Cancel Games Due to Weather

The MWSL Board does not/will not cancel games due to inclement weather.

Games will only be cancelled under the following circumstances:
1.  Field manager closes the field
2.  Referees, at the field, deem field conditions are unplayable or unsafe

Should the MWSL be alerted of a field closure, we will:
1.  Email team managers of affected teams
2.  Post on Facebook/Twitter
3.  Cancel the game on the MWSL website, which also triggers a notification of affected players

Teams failing to have 7 players within 15 minutes of the game start time will forfeit and will owe 100% of the referee fees (pulled from the team's performance bond)

** Reminder - the MWSL Board is composed of 100% volunteers. Our volunteers have full-time jobs, families, other responsibilities, and often their own soccer games. We will do our best to alert team reps in a timely manner, however there may be delays in communication due to other priorities.

We are always looking for more people to join the MWSL Board and its committees to help in all aspects of our league. Please email info@mwsl.org for more information and descriptions of our current needs.

Volunteer with the MWSL!

The MWSL is seeking individuals to help expand and enhance the capabilities of the MWSL. Be a voice for your league, your division, and your team in a casual environment surrounded by like-minded members. Do you have interest or skills in the following areas? 

- Website Administration

- Field Identification and Relations

- Player Recruitment and Public Relations

If you do, we'd love to hear from you. Players from all divisions and all ages are encouraged to inquire. You can email us at info@mwsl.org, attend an upcoming board meeting, attend the AGM March 14th, or talk to one of our current board members during indoor soccer. 

Policy Change Regarding Minors

The MWSL is also announcing a change to our policy regarding minors in the league. In the wake of the abuse scandals with USA Gymnastics and several universities, Congress passed legislation commonly called “Safe Sport.” That legislation has a number of requirements of adults who have regular contact with youth players in the context of sports organizations. This includes adult leagues who allow players under age 18, which historically has been the case in the MWSL.

Because of recent updates to this legislation, the US Adult Soccer Association (USASA), which is the national governing body for the Minnesota Soccer Association and the MWSL, has implemented requirements of its member adult organizations that allow youth players. Those requirements state that all Board members of the league and all members of any team that includes a player under age 18 must a) take the Safe Sport Training and b) pass a background check. The Safe Sport Training is a three-hour online training offered at no charge to member organizations. The background check would cost each player approximately $35 to complete and requires the sharing of personal information, including Social Security numbers. In addition, the risk to the league and individual players/managers/Board members is significant because criminal penalties apply to violations of the Safe Sport legislation.

The burden on the league to implement and monitor these requirements is substantial. It’s also a huge burden for teams/players who would have to take the training and pay for the background check. As a result, the Board has made the very difficult decision to require all players to be 18 years of age or older to play in the MWSL, effective immediately.  While we are disappointed to end a long-time tradition in the league of allowing teen-age players who may have no other place to play, the costs and risks are too significant for that accommodation to continue.

Please feel free to contact Karissa at fields@mwsl.org with any additional questions on this change. As always, you are welcome to attend an MWSL Board meeting to contribute to the conversation or just listen in. We appreciate your cooperation!


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