US Youth Soccer has announced the cancelation of the USYS National League events which were originally scheduled for December 2020.
The competitions were set for December 4-7 in North Carolina, and December 27-30 in Florida. However, US Youth Soccer has been forced to cancel both events due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases around the country.
According to a message released on Monday from USYS Competitions Director Marley Wilson, both events are expected to be eventually rescheduled for later in the season.
See below for the full announcement from US Youth Soccer:
POSTPONED – December 2020 National League Events (North Carolina & Tampa)
“Given the increasing number of COVID cases, and with the health of our soccer community in mind, the US Youth Soccer National League is postponing both the North Carolina (Dec. 4-7) and Tampa (Dec. 27-30) events.
This postponement includes both the Showcase Series and Playoff competitions for each of the December events. New dates and locations for the rescheduled events are being determined and will be announced at a future time.
With the health and safety of all participants as our top priority, we believe it is not in the best interest of the teams and families to travel at this time. That fact has become evident through the growing number of teams that have been forced to pull out of the events due to cases within their club, travel restrictions put in place by their local and state officials, or similar reasons.
Additionally, the number of teams that have been forced to remove themselves in the recent days has made it difficult for the events to reach the competitive standard that is typical of a National League event.
By postponing, we will be able to reschedule the events to ensure we can provide a safe experience that is beneficial to all participants. With reduced barriers for teams, players, families and scouts, we look forward to providing an optimal showcase environment for you and your team to attend.
Anthony Travel has been made aware of the postponement and will take care of cancelling any reservations that were made through them for North Carolina and Tampa. One of the benefits of booking through Anthony Travel is that all rooms will be cancelled without fees or penalties, and they will take care of those cancellations for you automatically. There is nothing more that needs to be done on your end in order to cancel your rooms booked through Anthony Travel. If any team is still planning to travel and wants to keep their hotel rooms for any reason, please notify Anthony Travel as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you on the field in the coming months. We’d like to thank all of our USYS National League families, staff and volunteers, for your ongoing support of USYS as we manage our programming given the current health and travel environment. The safety and security of our soccer community is, and always will be, our highest priority.
Marley Wilson – Director, USYS Competitions”