Background Screening


GENERAL

Pursuant to US Club Soccer Policy 13.09, background screening is required of the following individuals:

  • Participating Adults
  • Member Organization Board of Directors, officers, and directors
  • Individuals affiliated with a Member Organization who have access to personally identifiable information
  • US Club Soccer staff and board members

Direct Participating Adults must complete background screening via the US Club Soccer staff registration process. For other individuals, US Club Soccer staff registration may be used to complete background screening requirements, but it is not required. Those individuals are nevertheless required to abide by the background screening requirements outlined in Policy 13.09, and compliance is the responsibility of the Member Organization.

US Club Soccer’s background screening as of the 2021-22 registration year is conducted by JDP.

APPLICABLE DEFINITIONS

Participating Adult: Any adult individual US Club Soccer or a Member Organization authorizes, approves, or appoints to have regular contact with Youth Participants in activities within US Club Soccer’s jurisdiction. This includes, but is not limited to, coaches, club and team administrators, sports medicine/health care professionals, and anyone traveling as a member of a team delegation. There are two types of Participating Adults: 1) Direct Participating Adults; and 2) Third-Party Participating Adults.

Direct Participating AdultAny Participating Adult that is directly affiliated with US Club Soccer or a Member Organization.

Third-party Participating AdultAny Participating Adult that is not directly affiliated with US Club Soccer or a Member Organization. (Example 1: Athletic trainers from a hospital/healthcare system that a US Club Soccer Member Organization uses for a game(s). Example 2: U.S. Soccer Federation-registered referees, or referee assignors having regular contact with Youth Participants.) 

TIMEFRAME

Background screening is required by the earlier of prior to regular contact with a Youth Participant, or within the first 45 days of the individual taking on the roles specified or that otherwise provide access to Youth Participants, and every other year thereafter. 

Specifically as it relates to the US Club Soccer staff registration process, the background screening application must be completed no earlier than six months prior to one’s membership purchase. A “passed” status validates the background screening membership eligibility requirement for two Governing Seasons (current and the next).

SEARCH SCOPE

Beyond a variety of national and multi-jurisdictional database searches, US Club Soccer’s background screening generally 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.

OTHER

  • Background screening of minors is not required.