US Club Soccer is proud to announce a new partnership with Go4Ellis, the only national, on-demand platform for hiring per diem athletic trainers. This partnership – stemming from years of assisting US Club Soccer staff directly at various national events – now also provides US Club Soccer members access to thousands of certified athletic trainers for on-site medical care and injury prevention services to matches, practices and tournaments across the country.
The Go4Ellis platform allows clubs and teams to find and hire athletic trainers – all of which are certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Additionally, whenever an event is posted on the platform, Go4Ellis automatically generates a complimentary Emergency Action Plan. There are currently more than 11,000 athletic trainers in its database, resulting in more than 75,000 hours staffed to users across the country.
“Ensuring the safety of our members is, and always will be, US Club Soccer’s top priority,” said Kevin Payne, US Club Soccer CEO. “We’ve trusted Go4Ellis in the past as a key vendor, providing athletic training support at some of our biggest events. And now, we’re excited to expand that role and introduce Go4Ellis to all our members as a valuable partner. Especially as we navigate our return to competition this season, we will rely on Go4Ellis to lend its expertise and resources so that we resume safely and responsibly.”
US Club Soccer and Go4Ellis will celebrate the launch of the partnership with a webinar designed to better inform all stakeholders on participant health and safety and how athletic trainers can aid in these efforts. This webinar will be held twice on Oct. 21 to accommodate both coasts: at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Please register for your preferred viewing by clicking on either link. US Club Soccer members are also welcome to schedule a demo and sign up for the service here.
“Having a medical professional on every sideline is more important than ever to keep all stakeholders safe as we return to the field,” said Andy Hayes, Go4Ellis CEO. “We are excited about this opportunity to partner with US Club Soccer and its members. Their commitment to player safety through the Players First initiative is something we absolutely want to be a part of as they continue to grow.”
In 2015, U.S. Soccer enacted a mandate that tournaments projected to have 64 or more teams at 11-U and older age groups must have an adequate number of certified athletic trainers in attendance. For more information, please visit the Sanction Your Tournament web page. Beyond any health and safety-related mandates/requirements, US Club Soccer always encourages its members to adopt any additional recommendations or optional measures to achieve the safest possible environment.
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.