US Club Soccer is committed to providing a safe environment and preventing abusive conduct in any form, and the timely reporting of concerns is a key component to supporting this effort.
Depending on the nature of the concern, it may be reportable to multiple entities:
For more information, please read below and visit the Reporting & Jurisdiction FAQ web page on U.S. Soccer’s Participant Safety Hub.
Please submit US Club Soccer’s Report a Concern Form to report misconduct, violations of law or US Club Soccer policy, or other applicable concerns regarding US Club Soccer and its members.
This includes, but is not limited to:
Pursuant to US Club Soccer Policy 13.03(b), Adult Participants have an affirmative duty to report suspected abuse or other misconduct to US Club Soccer. Members are encouraged to err on the side of reporting. If you are unsure where to report a concern, please report it to US Club Soccer, and US Club Soccer will work with you to ensure it is reported elsewhere, if applicable.
Please note that a report made to US Club Soccer does not satisfy one’s obligation to report to law enforcement or other appropriate authorities as required by Section 226 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (34 U.S.C. § 20341)/federal law, and US Club Soccer Policy 13.03(a).
US Club Soccer’s reporting obligations:
Please note that pursuant to federal law, US Club Soccer policy, U.S. Soccer policy and/or U.S. Center for SafeSport Code, US Club Soccer may report concerns to other entities.
U.S. Soccer is the National Governing Body of soccer in the United States. US Club Soccer is a National Association member of U.S. Soccer and works closely with U.S. Soccer on safeguarding efforts.
US Club Soccer shares applicable reports it receives with U.S. Soccer, but you may also report allegations of abuse or misconduct to U.S. Soccer directly.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport (“the Center”) is an independent non-profit organization responsible for responding to and preventing emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct and abuse in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
Anyone can make a report to the Center of abuse or misconduct relating to someone in the Movement, but the following allegations are required to be reported to the Center:
The Center may also accept reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment).
US Club Soccer is a “National Member Organization (NMO)” pursuant to SafeSport Code and therefore outside the Response and Resolution jurisdiction of the Center. However, in support of collective safeguarding efforts, and because US Club Soccer members may otherwise be subject to the Center’s response and resolution via affiliations with other organizations or a U.S. Soccer coach license, US Club Soccer still shares applicable reports it receives with the Center and otherwise encourages reports to be made directly to the Center.
There may be times when concerns are applicable for law enforcement to handle.
In addition, pursuant to the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “SafeSport Act”), all mandatory reporters are required to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to the local law enforcement agency or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims, or to the FBI. This requirement applies to, among others, all Participants as described in US Club Soccer Policy 13.01.
The reporting obligation is triggered when a mandatory reporter becomes aware of “facts that give reason to suspect” a child has suffered an incident of child abuse.
Your state or local jurisdiction may also have reporting requirements for certain types of concerns (especially child abuse and neglect).
Two useful resources: