In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, soccer clubs and organizations across the Washington, DC region have joined to form DMV UNITED. The group consists of clubs large and small that provide soccer programming, coaching, recreational leagues and travel programs the youth in the DMV.
Just as professional leagues have currently suspended play, the pandemic is also affecting the area’s youth soccer programs. DMV UNITED was formed to provide organizations with a way to share ideas, resources, and best practices in these unprecedented times.
“It is great to see the soccer community across the region come together to support other organizations and the youth soccer players of Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia,” Matt Libber, Executive Director of the Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County said.
The clubs who have joined DMV UNITED are placing the highest priority on the health and safety of players, coaches and staff. Collectively they believe that a plan is needed for the future. While there are still many unknowns, the steps DMV UNITED are taking now will allow the organizations to survive this crisis and help the soccer community return to normal life as soon as possible.
“We are all working through the same challenges in these uncertain times,” Libber said. “This cooperative allows us a means to share ideas, resources, and provide a support structure during a time when we all need a little help.”