Risk Management & Player Health and Safety

This page aggregates a variety of information and resources related to risk management and Player Health and Safety, one of the five pillars of US Club Soccer’s Players First philosophy. Further information is available in Section 13 (Risk Management) of US Club Soccer’s Policy Manual, and throughout US Club Soccer’s website.

  • Background ScreeningBackground screening is also required in conjunction with US Club Soccer’s staff registration process, which includes all coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers working with youth players. As part of US Club Soccer’s Players First philosophy and emphasis on Player Health and Safety, background screening was substantially enhanced in June 2016. Beyond a variety of national sources, 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.
  • Cardiac Conditions: The U.S. Soccer Federation’s Recognize to Recover program includes guidelines and resources for Cardiac Arrest, Athlete Collapse, and CPR and AED Training.
  • Child/Sexual Abuse Prevention (SafeSport): “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” was signed into law on Feb. 14, 2018. This web page provides information regarding the law, including detail on the mandatory reporting of child abuse requirements.
  • Concussions / Head Injuries: This page includes US Club Soccer’s requirements and requirements related to heading and concussions, as well as a variety of related resources and links.
  • Emergency Action Plans (EAPs): The U.S. Soccer Federation’s Recognize to Recover program includes steps to understand and develop an Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
  • Environmental Conditions: The U.S. Soccer Federation’s Recognize to Recover program includes guidelines and resources for Heat & Hydration, Cold Weather, and Lightning & Severe Weather, Field Conditions, Healthy Travel, and Zika Virus.
  • Goal Safety: US Club Soccer expects its members to ensure safe training and competition environments, and this includes the installation, use and storage of all movable soccer goals. US Club Soccer recognizes the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety as the preferred – but not sole – resource for goal safety.
  • Member Conduct Recommendations: This page includes an excerpt from US Club Soccer’s Policy Manual – specifically Policy 13.05 – providing guidance on appropriate physical contact, supervision, and overnight trips, among other situations.
  • Player’s Health: Player’s Health is an interactive mobile platform designed to allow coaches to quickly and easily document any injury that occurs during practice or games. This promotes real-time communication between coaches and parents to best care for the health and well-being of youth athletes. The HIPAA-compliant interface simplifies the flow of youth athlete health information between coach, parent and health care provider. Player’s Health fosters a personalized network of care for each youth athlete. As a Players First partner, Player’s Health is offering a substantial discount to all US Club Soccer members, at $1.50 per athlete per year. Player’s Health also introduced its Safety Needs Assessment tool: a questionnaire to help identify if your high school or sports organization is adopting the best practices in safety for sports within your state, and identify the barriers to implementation of these best practices.
  • Players First/Player Health and Safety web page: This section of our website provides news and information on Players First partners and resources focused on Player Health and Safety.
  • Recognize to Recover: US Club Soccer supports the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Recognize to Recover program as a major component of its risk management offerings. Announced in December 2015, Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. Topics addressed include injury prevention, injury recovery, head & brain conditions, emergency action plans, cardiac conditions, environmental conditions and nutrition & hydration.
  • Risk Management Reporting Form: In addition to completing background screening requirements, pursuant to US Club Soccer Policy 13.04, US Club Soccer members also have an affirmative duty to report potential risk management issues of which they become aware. This includes self-reporting of a registered staff member or club/organization, or of another registered staff member or club/organization. Incidents which must be reported include, but are not limited to, arrests for a felony or other crime of violence, sexual misconduct, or any other act or pattern of behavior which may have or in the future may put youth players at risk. Members are encouraged to err on the side of reporting, and allow US Club Soccer to ascertain whether a disqualification from participation is warranted.
  • Sideline Sports Doc: Sideline Sports Doc (SSD) is a customized, scalable training program designed to improve on-field triage of key injury situations. The program includes a six-chapter online course required of all US Club Soccer-registered coaches and staff members, as well as downloadable .pdf/e-book and .mp3 products. The chapters are: 1) The SAFE Method – initial evaluation of an on-field injury, 2) Ankle and foot injuries, 3) Concussion, 4) Fractures, 5) Heat illness, and 6) Knee injuries. The course also incorporates U.S. Soccer’s “Concussions in Soccer” video and other Recognize to Recover content. [Video – Course Introduction]