The U.S. Soccer Federation announced its Recognize to Recover initiative in December 2015, which serves to promote safe play and reduce injuries in soccer players of all ages. Recognize to Recover provides coaches, players, parents and referees with information and guidelines to improve the prevention and management of injuries.
U.S. Soccer announced the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative, which provides guidelines that were implemented beginning in January 2016. US Club Soccer clarified the following implementation guidelines as it relates to concussion initiatives and heading for youth players:
For more information, please refer to U.S. Soccer’s list of frequently asked questions in regards to its player safety campaign.
Additional Concussion Information:
Impact to sanctioned tournaments:
Important updates have been made to the sanctioned tournament hosting application and terms, as of November 2015. Pursuant to Recognize to Recover and its concussion initiative, any tournament projected to have 64 or more teams at 11-U and older age groups must have an adequate number of certified athletic trainers or other healthcare providers in attendance. For more information on this requirement, please visit the “Sanction Your Tournament” web page and refer to the “certified athletic trainers at sanctioned tournaments” section.
The “non-contact collapse of an athlete, coach, referee or bystander is presumed to be sudden cardiac arrest,” according to this important document from U.S. Soccer outlining the immediate response to a sudden cardiac arrest.
For tips on CPR and AED training, please review this document.
To all Washington State member teams: please be aware of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest legislation, which went into effect July 24, 2015. For more information, including the necessary steps you must take, please visit this notice on the Puget Sound Premier League website.
Heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion are a serious condition and could be potentially life-threatening.
Below is a reference for coaches, referees and players who train in warmer climates. The guidelines also serve as a guide for match play, hydration breaks and participant safety during extreme temperature conditions.