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Players will stay within an outlined square and will rotate positions. Register by Tuesday, June 30.

COURTESY MAC RECREATION DISTRICT - COVID-19 modified soccer will include player boxes, and kids will rotate positions.The MAC Recreation District is taking registrations for COVID-19 modified youth soccer until Tuesday, June 30.

Only 40 players per age group will be allowed: Age groups are 7 to 9 years old, 10 to 13 years old, and 14 to 17 years old.

The soccer field will be broken up into boxes spaced out to keep physical distancing requirements. Players will have to stay in their box on the field, and if they go outside their box, they will lose possession, that will count as a turnover. Balls won't be thrown in from out of bounds, but the goalie may use their hands to stop the ball, which will then be changed out for a new one.

"It's going to be low-key," said Executive Director Jim Weyermann. "We're just going to play each other. We're not going outside of the area, nor are we bringing people in from outside of the area."

Players will rotate every 7 minutes, so they will get a chance to play multiple positions. The games will last an hour.

"We're not promoting competitive sports," Weyermann said. "Our goal is to create an opportunity for every kid to play. All I want to do is get our kids back outside and playing, and we can do that through this COVID soccer program that we've put up."

Spectators are asked to wear masks when they cannot stay 6 feet apart and to help players get to the next box of their team's color. The district will provide balls and pennies for players to wear during the game.

Players may warm up if they bring their own ball, but there won't be practice time. Ages 7-9 will play from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays July 6-29; ages 10-13 will play at the same time on Tuesdays, and ages 14-17 on Wednesdays. All games will be at Juniper Hills Park.

Registration is $30, with a $5 discount for in-district players and a $10 discount for MACRD members.

For more information or to register, visit macrecdistrict.com.


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