Background screening is part of US Club Soccer’s staff registration process, which, pursuant to U.S. Soccer rules, is required of all individuals working with or managing youth players, regardless of whether they are volunteers or paid staff, or registered with another U.S. Soccer member organization. This includes all coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers assigned to a team with youth players.
Generally speaking, staff registering with US Club Soccer must submit a background screening application every other year – after July 1 within the year the passcard/registration is to be issued or expires.
More specifically, competitive staff must complete background screening based upon the Staff Passcard Issue/Expiration Date Matrix [.pdf]. Rec staff must complete and pass a background screening every other registration year.
US Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne announced in June 2016 two Player Health and Safety initiatives for registered staff members as part of the Players First platform. One of those initiatives is the substantial enhancement of US Club Soccer’s background screening standard, implemented as of the 2016-17 registration year.
Beyond a variety of national sources, US Club Soccer’s background screening now includes a direct county/state of residence criminal record search for all counties in which an individual has lived within the past seven years, regardless of whether any “hits” appear on the national database searches.
This is a responsible step in facilitating a safe sports experience, and US Club Soccer aims to lead by example.
Either the person completing the background screening application, or his/her club, will pay SportsEngine $18 for the cost of each background check via one of the following options:
A) APPLICANT TO PAY DIRECTLY: Payment will be made by the person completing the background screening application via a credit card or bank draft transaction as part of the application process. This is the default option unless a club indicates its decision to be billed directly for the background screening of its members (Option B below).
B) BILLED TO CLUB: Background screening applicants will not be charged upon check out. Rather, the applicant’s club will be invoiced directly by SportsEngine.
The primary registrar in each club will have access to his or her corresponding Club Page within the US Club Soccer/SportsEngine background screening portal. This will enable the primary registrar to view the names of individuals in his or her club who have passed their background screening.
Update Information: If you want to change the primary background screening contact or payment option for your club/organization, please complete the US Club Soccer Background Screening – Club/Org Info Form. Please note it will take up to a few days for these updates to be made for your club/organization; it is not instantaneous.