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Risk Management and Player Health & 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 Screening:  Background 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.
  • Cardiac ConditionsThe 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).
  • 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 RecommendationsThis 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.
  • Players First resources: Please visit the Players First Offerings web page to learn which partners are advancing the Player Health & Safety pillar.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Soccer resourcesThe U.S. Soccer Federation’s Recognize to Recover program addresses important safety topics, such as: injury preventioninjury recoveryhead & brain conditionsemergency action planscardiac conditionsenvironmental conditions and nutrition & hydration.

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