As the COVID-19 pandemic forces schools to close and social, arts, and sporting events to be canceled, soccer coaches and clubs across the country have worked hard to keep players connected and engaged. Through virtual practices, team challenges, YouTube channels and check-ins, coaches are staying connected to their players and have become sources of remote community in these uncertain times—when players need it most.
Soccer Without Borders created the Stay Home Season to create a sense of belonging and to support healthy habits and mental health among youth across the country. During a time of increased youth isolation, Soccer Without Borders hopes to bring teams together virtually across borders in order to reintroduce structure, routine, and healthy competition into the lives of young people affected by this pandemic.
Enter the Stay Home Season.
WHAT IS THE STAY HOME SEASON?
The Stay Home Season is 5-week virtual season running April 28th-May 29th. Participating teams will be divided into separate divisions made up of at least 10 other teams. Teams will compete against each other by participating in their own virtual sessions led by the team's coach and by completing the weekly league-wide Social Impact Challenge provided by Soccer Without Borders.
Teams already engaged in virtual practices and virtual sessions can continue with their regular programming while now competing for prizes against other teams around the world. Teams who have not yet started virtual practices will now have guidance on how to lead these sessions and will have access to other coaches and teams who can share session plans and best practices.
Teams participating in the Stay Home Season will also commit to completing the weekly Social Impact Challenge. The weekly challenges are intended to add a social justice lens to the league and give players an opportunity to learn, connect, and give back during this time.
April 28, 2020
May 29, 2020
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The goal of the Stay Home Season is to increase engagement of our youth players.
HOW TO WIN: Teams compete against each other to have the highest percent attendance rate for virtual practices and completion rates of the weekly Social Impact Challenge.
MORE PARTICIPATION = MORE POINTS
STAY HOME SEASON PRINCIPLES
Teams commit to the
5-week long season.
Teams host at least one
virtual session per week.
Teams complete the league-wide Social Impact Challenge promoting service & connection every week.