Health & Safety

Participant Health & Safety/Risk Management

This page aggregates a variety of information and resources related to Participant Health & Safety/Risk Management, one the five pillars of US Club Soccer’s Players First philosophy.

Please reference this Member Update, released Jan. 30, 2023, for important Safeguarding and Compliance related updates. The Member Update was published in consideration of U.S. Soccer’s preliminary actions regarding the Sally Q. Yates report. We have advocated for and support the concept of centralizing safeguarding efforts among the entire U.S. Soccer ecosystem, and we look forward to collaborating with U.S. Soccer and its Organizational Members, board, task forces, and, of course, our members to enhance participant safety.

This page details reporting obligations, including mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse to law enforcement pursuant to the SafeSport Act, as well as US Club Soccer’s Participant Safety/Risk Management Reporting requirements pursuant to Policy 13.03. A concern may also be reported directly to US Club Soccer via the online form.

This page details contains US Club Soccer’s Prevention Policies as they appear in Policy 13.06. It is part of US Club Soccer’s Participant Safety/Risk Management Policies. These policies set forth (in Appendix B “Prevention Policies”) apply to all Participants (as that term is defined in Policy 13.01).

This page contains US Club Soccer’s Prohibited Conduct Policy as it appears in Appendix A of US Club Soccer’s Policy Manual. It was updated December 15, 2021 to be effective January 1, 2022, and is part of US Club Soccer’s Participant Safety/Risk Management Policies.

This page contains information, resources and toolkits, separated into sections for parents and players, to help understand SafeSport best practices. Free online training resources and documents can be found here.

This page aggregates information and resources from other pages regarding the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “SafeSport Act”), such as mandatory reporting of child abuse requirements and training resources.

This page includes information on U.S. Soccer’s Concussion Initiative, which provides guidelines that have been implemented.

This page has US Club Soccer’s product safety commissions guidelines referring to installation, use and storage of all movable soccer goals.

This page shows information regarding U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program, including guidelines and resources for Cardiac Arrest, Athlete Collapse, and CPR and AED Training.

This page includes information pursuant to US Club Soccer Policy 13.08. Background screening is required of all Adult Participants.

U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program addresses important safety topics, such as: injury prevention, injury recovery, head & brain conditions, emergency action plans, cardiac conditions, environmental conditions, medication resources, nutrition & hydration, and soccer for athletes with a disability.

This is the Centralized Disciplinary Database for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, which includes records from the U.S. Center for SafeSport from March 2017 onward, and known historical disciplinary records received from and certified by the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) concerning individuals who have been sanctioned and rendered ineligible for sexual misconduct offenses.

An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is an established process that addresses emergency situations within athletic environments.

The AED Superstore is the largest distributor of AED in the country, and the organization also sells AED accessories, bleeding control kits, AED replacement parts, first-aid kits, signage and training supplies. US Club Soccer members must create an account before accessing the online catalog and special member benefits.

This page includes information to access resources for US Club Soccer’s partner for finding certified athletic trainers. The Go4 platform connects certified athletic trainers with teams and organizations that need athletic trainers for games, practices, camps and tournaments.

Learn about mandatory reporting requirements in this state-by-state database.

This page details safe return-to-play resources, as different parts of our country have been affected to varying degrees by the impact of COVID-19.  Activities sanctioned with the normal US Club Soccer-provided insurance coverage in effect, members must be in compliance local and state requirements/mandates.