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Forward Madison FC prepares for unknown start to the season

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Forward Madison FC's season has been on hold since March, but recently they have taken some steps to get the ball rolling.

"It's been something I don't think any coach has ever gone through," head coach Daryl Shore says of the current situation.

The Forward Madison staff has developed a game plan from scratch. It includes checking the players' temperatures daily, making players wear masks when not training and wiping down all equipment frequently.

"Guys feel like we're taken care of," says defender Connor Tobin. "Guys, because we feel like we've been taken care of, we're excited to be out there."

USL League One currently allows training sessions of 10 players or less, which means the Flamingos cannot do any full-squad drills.

"Still not allowed to have contact. So, trying to play soccer with social distancing is quite challenging," says Shore.

The squad has been practicing for about three weeks. The league announced a potential start date of July 18th. However, current restrictions would not allow the Flamingos to host a home match with a large amount of fans right now.

"Does it get pushed back a couple weeks? We don't know. Do we have to go on the road for the first couple of games? That's a possibility," says Shore.

Forward Madison is still hoping to play most of their matches this season. A new schedule is in the works. Meanwhile, the club keeps preparing for pretty much anything.

"I have a level of optimism around the season," says Tobin. "I'm hopeful, but I think, going back to this whole pandemic, ultimately it goes back to the 'control what you can control'."

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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