Pursuant to Policy 4.07, US Club Soccer staff registration is required of all Direct Participating Adults as a condition to participation in US Club Soccer activities. In short, a Direct Participating Adult is anyone directly affiliated with US Club Soccer or a Member Organization who has regular contact with Youth Participants. Visit the Who Must Register web page or US Club Soccer's Policy Manual for details.
Direct Participating Adults who are not registered with US Club Soccer are not allowed to participate in US Club Soccer activities, nor are they covered by US Club Soccer insurance. Member Organizations who are not in compliance with this requirement are subject to disciplinary action.
One is registered with US Club Soccer when the following requirements are completed and current, pursuant to the Staff Eligibility Timeframes:
Each requirement is detailed in the following sections.
Within the National Registration System (NRS), powered by SportsEngine, links to complete outstanding requirements will be automatically emailed to the person for whom a staff membership is purchased. They will also be accessible via one's SportsEngine User Profile by signing in, then navigating to Home --> Complete Requirements. Completion will automatically be reflected within your profile and therefore update your membership eligibility requirement.
To complete: Within the NRS, purchase a Staff - Competitive/Super Rec or Staff - Rec membership for the individual(s) you are registering. [Instructions]
Cost: Listed on the registration fees web page.
To complete: Access the background screening application via your unique link as detailed in the Membership Eligibility Requirements section or directly via this link.
Note: COVID-19-related court closures may cause delays with some background screening results. Please check this NCSI web page for more information and a list of affected courts.
Cost / Payment: $18 per application, payable 1) by the person completing the application, or 2) clubs/leagues may cover the cost for their members by purchasing prepaid codes.
Purchase prepaid codes (for registrars): Submit the Background Screening Prepaid Code Request Form. Once the unique, one-time-use codes are emailed to you, distribute them to your coaches/staff members to apply when completing the background screening application. Unused prepaid codes issued prior to April 26, 2019 are no longer valid. Affected clubs were emailed replacement prepaid codes. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport Core online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) and reporting obligations. One of the three sequential courses - Core, Refresher 1 or Refresher 2 - is required.
To complete, or sync completion to the NRS:
Outside the NRS: Email SafeSport@usclubsoccer.org to receive an auto-reply with the U.S. Soccer access code and instructions. Once training is completed, save the applicable certificate from your SafeSport dashboard.
SafeSport Lookup to sync completion with the NRS (if needed): Individuals may now submit the 32-digit code on the SafeSport certificate to immediately sync completion of that training to one's SportsEngine profile/the NRS. This is applicable for those who completed training outside SportsEngine (via safesport.org or the U.S. Soccer Learning Center, for example) or if completion does not reflect within one's SportsEngine profile/the NRS. This eliminates the need for the completion certificate to be manually uploaded and subsequently reviewed by US Club Soccer staff.
Cost / Payment: Free.
This online course is designed to improve on-field triage of key injury situations. It includes U.S. Soccer’s “Concussions in Soccer” video and other Recognize to Recover content. Completion takes ~60 minutes, and you may save your progress and pick up where you left off at a later time.
Sync completion with the NRS (if not automatically synced): If you completed training outside SportsEngine or your completion does not reflect within your SportsEngine profile/the NRS, save the certificate (example image) from your SSD dashboard and upload it to usclubsoccer.org/SSDverification for approval by US Club Soccer staff.
Cost and payment: $5 per person, payable 1) by the person taking the course, or 2) clubs/leagues may cover the cost for their members by purchasing bulk access codes.