Utah Royals FC players can start individual training sessions

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Royals FC forward Christen Press (23) celebrates her second goal as the Utah Royals FC host Sky Blue FC, August 7, 2019 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Major League Soccer isn’t the only league that is allowing individual training sessions to start this week.

The National Women’s Soccer League announced Monday that its teams can start sessions Wednesday, the same day as MLS. The workouts are voluntary and can only occur under strict guidelines and prohibits access to club facilities such as locker rooms, weight rooms and indoor training rooms.

The league’s announcement coincides with its “Return to Play Phased Protocol,” which “details all health and safety guidelines and requires clubs to respect all federal, state and local mandates,” per a news release.

Every aspect of the league’s protocol, including the allowance of individual training sessions, must meet the following conditions:

  • All activity must follow government, state and local mandates

  • Each team must have approval from their medical staff to advance to the next phase

  • Teams should limit staff to the essential personnel necessary to conduct each phase of training and competition

  • Players will undergo a daily symptom screening prior to entering team facilities

  • Players who are fulfilling self-quarantine for any reason are not permitted to train with other individuals or at team facilities

  • Players, coaches and staff who are sick or have close contact with individuals who are sick must inform the team’s certified athletic trainer, stay home, and not participate in training

  • All individuals should practice good hand hygiene, and avoid touching their face, nose and eyes with their hands as much as possible

  • Clubs will thoroughly clean and disinfect all commonly touched surfaces daily

The news means the Utah Royals FC will have access to America First Field in Sandy, where the club usually holds training sessions throughout the season.