New Hampshire Soccer League News

State of New Hampshire: Stay at Home 2.0 – Amateur & Youth Sports Guidelines

Governor’s Economic REOPENING TASK FORCE: COVID-19 Reopening Guidance The Govenor’s Economic Reopening Task Force has sent the New Hampshire Soccer Association the following guidance for getting their players back on the soccer field.  Please review the attached guidance and be up-to-date the NHSA’s Return-to-Play Protocols.

NHSA Return to Play Protocol

NHSL Spring Season Cancelled

The NHSA board / NHSL Director has made the announcement to cancel the 2020 Spring season.  The re-opening date is still set for June 1st.  The State Association will be issuing a multi phased re-opening procedure for youth soccer activities ASAP.  Again, no soccer related activities are permitted until after June 1st.

Please keep a look out for the re-opening procedures within the next couple of weeks.  We are aware that there are questions about when tryouts, etc are going to be allowed.  These answers will come soon.

USYS Honors 2020 Graduating Seniors

Membership Updates: COVID-19 | April 14, 2020

To: All members and affiliates

From: Rusty Wightman, President

CC: Board of Directors and Staff

RE: Membership Update

I hope this message finds you well and you are able to find solace with family and friends.  Our gratitude goes out to you all for your cooperation and understanding during these uncertain and trying times. Only by working together, following the guidelines set by local, state and national leaders, can we stop the spread and give our essential workers the rest they deserve and our players, coaches, fans, and referees the game they are longing for. Please know, as it relates to the game of soccer, the executive board and staff at New Hampshire Soccer has been, and will continue to, monitor and evaluate the situation on a constant basis.

At a  board meeting on Monday, April 13, a vote was held and a decision made to further suspend all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide through May 31, 2020 due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. For our member organizations (towns, clubs and leagues) this includes, but is not limited to: all games, practices, clinics, training, tournaments, and in-person meetings. It is imperative that we all follow recommendations and mandates from the CDC, local and federal officials, USYS and US Soccer to help stop the spread the Corona Virus. New Hampshire Soccer will evaluate conditions on a continuing basis to determine when it is appropriate to reinstate our affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities. Further communications will be provided via email and on our website.

We realize this impacts many programs throughout the state. We continue to update our contingency plans as it relates to The New Hampshire Soccer League, The ODP program, our coaching education courses, referee recertification and grassroots courses, and all other programs and events scheduled. We know there are a lot of questions, we are working through the problems as they arise and trying to adjust and make the best of a situation that is constantly changing.

“You face adversity all the time. I accept what lies ahead and then I do my best. You can’t take things too seriously, and you can’t use things as an excuse or you’ll never get through.”

~Kristine Lilly

Thanks for all you do,

Rusty Wightman


New Hampshire Soccer Association