For professional athletes in Major League Soccer, the novel coronavirus pandemic has been detrimental to their physical performances on-field. It follows after MLS Corporate deemed individual workouts outside of the home illegal for punters. Training fields and team facilities were shut down to these athletes in early March. Those restrictions have finally begun being lifted, enabling for small percentages of team members to train for the upcoming season in late summer.
Major League Soccer Executives determined that these small groups could train after the American government revised their social distancing measures. Four players will be permitted on the field simultaneously, with this ample space being dived into four sectors. Punters won’t be allowed to leave these sectors or engage with their teammates. MLS was prompted to make this decision after the National Basketball Association determined that their athlete could train at indoor courts. MLS Athletes will be excluded towards personal training exclusively, with passing and shooting not permitted between the four sectors. It should be noted that football training hasn’t ever been implemented on this level before.
Coaching staff with MLS Teams that are engaging with the new protocols are forced to private quarters in the reporting booths. This enables them to speak with their four athletes and with one another, while social distancing at the highest level. The coaching staff are praising the new measures as it’s allowing them to control their athlete’s training. Working out from home enables these punters to engage with any routine they desire, which isn’t necessarily best for their performance. One downfall for these footballers is that they’re not permitted to the MLS Gyms or Training Rooms, meaning weight lifting must still be managed at home.
When PR Representatives with Major League Soccer confirmed this announcement, they informed reporters that essential personnel are permitted exclusively outside the players. All other members with MLS Clubs won’t be allowed on-site until the full social distancing measures are lifted in America, upon which safety conditions will be implemented. That means all personnel on-site would be required to wear face masks and sanitize their hands regularly. These conditions will help limit a possible outbreak of COVID-19 in MLS.