The NBA isn’t the only professional sport headed to Disney. Over the next six weeks, Major League Soccer will be resuming its season at the Walt Disney World Resort
MLS players received a 61-page player handbook last Monday that attempted to address a variety of player concerns, from the scheduling of various activities between matches to more basic matters such as food prep and security.
ESPN has obtained a copy of the document, portions of which were previously reported by The Athletic. Here are some of the highlights;
In the event that a member of the league’s entourage (including players, referees, club staff and league personnel) exits the bubble without authorization and attempts to reenter, that person will be subject to “enhanced testing” and a period in quarantine of 10 days.
The Swan and Dolphin hotels, where the teams will be staying, will be ringed by eight different security checkpoints as well as CCTV. At the quarterfinal stage, after July 29, the MLS Is Back bubble will be contained entirely in the Swan hotel, at which point there will be seven security checkpoints. Access to the hotel will be governed by a tiered system in order to minimize the possibility of infection and/or spread of COVID-19 to players and other tournament personnel.
The plays can interact, but only if they maintain social distancing of six feet. Players will also be required to wear face coverings at all times except during meals or hydration, while in their personal rooms, engaged in outdoor activities, or taking part in training or matches.
COVID testing will be extensive. Players will be tested on the day they arrive, and then must stay in their rooms until they are cleared. Once cleared, an extended quarantine period will not be necessary. They will then be tested every other day or the day prior to match day.
Practices and games will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Each team will be allowed one 90-minute session per day at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. ET. Games will be scheduled for 9 a.m., 8 p.m., or 10:30/11 p.m. ET every day throughout the tournament.
For more information on MLS at Disney, check out this article from ESPN.