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Letter from CEO Kevin Payne: US Club Soccer to require SafeSport online training

By Kevin Payne, 05/15/18, 2:16PM EDT


“What are you doing to keep my child safe?”

That’s a question parents have been increasingly asking of their youth soccer experience. And it’s a great question.

This is why, beginning July 1, 2018, US Club Soccer is adding SafeSport online training to the stringent requirements already in place for all US Club Soccer-registered coaches and staff members: best-in-class background screening and completion of the Sideline Sports Doc online injury triage course. No other youth soccer organization does more to provide a safe environment.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport online training is free to US Club Soccer members and consists of three modules covering the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations.

Further details will be provided in a separate email to US Club Soccer members shortly, including instructions to access the online training. (UPDATE: Here is a web version of the aforementioned Member Update.)

All of this is driven by our Players First philosophy. Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. There are five pillars of Players First support: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

SafeSport recently garnered national attention when federal legislation was signed into law: “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017.” This bill – among other responsibilities – extends the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes.

Nearly two years ago, I penned an open letter to US Club Soccer parents and promised that “Player Health & Safety is our first and most important responsibility. To act otherwise would be irresponsible.” That assurance remains. Achieving the safest environment for our youth soccer players is of utmost importance, and US Club Soccer promises to never forget that.

Together, we will achieve the safest possible youth soccer environment that truly puts Players First.

Thank you for your support.

Kevin Payne
CEO/Executive Director, US Club Soccer


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.

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