Major League Soccer’s long road to returning from the coronavirus pause has hit another mile marker with the return of voluntary outdoor small group training.
The full team training moratorium remains in place through at least June 1.
MLS made the announcement Thursday and there are several stipulations given the size of our country and the variables in how it’s governed at the state and local level.
The voluntary sessions will be held “in compliance with detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts.”
Perhaps most notably:
The sessions must not conflict with local public health official or government policies and provide the ability for players to step up their training while maintaining physical distancing protocols.
The league has been under a mandatory training moratorium since the league suspended its season on March 12.
MLS is also making sure to cover every base imaginable, healthwise and legal, by making public and transparent its demands of its clubs.
It’s been a busy break for MLS, which has canceled three major events but also taken hold of the boys youth soccer landscape.