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Jul, 2020

USSF Membership Update - July 2020

U.S. Soccer
JULY 2020 MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

The July Membership Call to discuss the information in the newsletter and answer any additional questions you may have will be held onThursday, July 16 at 1 p.m. CT. You can find call-in informationhere.

PLAY ON Phase III Guide and Webinar

With the distribution of thePhase III Grassroots Recommendations Guide, we now have guides for all three return-to-play phases published online, along with FAQs and other tools/assets for getting back on the field. You can find all of the information in the PLAY ON hub atussoccer.com/playon. Additionally, theMember Toolkithas been updated and we’ll continue to add more tools as we complete them.

A Phase III webinar with our “Soccer Fauci,” Dr. George Chiampas is tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CT. You can pre-registerhere.

And while this marks the last planned guide for PLAY ON, we also know that the work is not done yet, as COVID-19 is still a part of our daily lives. We remain committed to being a resource for all members as we continue to navigate the pandemic. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate toreach out.

U.S. Soccer Programming Information

Coaching Education

This Friday, July 17, the Coaching Education Department will host a webinar with member technical leads. The webinar, held bi-weekly, will focus on curriculum adaptations created for members to host Grassroots courses as well as updates to the Learning Center (LC). If you need call-in information, please contact ourCoaching Education Department.

Referee Programs

  1. License Suspension Emails – SafeSport
  2. On Wednesday, July 8, the Referee Department was notified that a number of referees received a “License Suspension” email in response to anexpiredSafeSport certificate. The Learning Center Technical Support team determined that this email was sent in error. At this time, the Referee Department has contacted all users who emailed[email protected]with questions and implemented the following steps:

    • Sent a correction email to all affected referees
    • Added a banner message at the top of the Learning Center
    • Added an auto-reply message to the[email protected]email, which directs the referee to the banner message
    • Implemented a fix to restore licenses that were suspended in error within 14 hours of the issue occurring

    We apologize for any confusion and thank you for your patience as we addressed this issue. If you have any questions, please email[email protected].

  3. 2021 Referee Registration
  4. The 2021 referee registration window opened on July 1, 2020. Referee course curricula was launched for non-Learning Center states on July 1 and July 10 for Learning Center states. A number of software improvements were deployed to the Learning Center to improve the usability of the platform. Below is an abbreviated list of new functions:

    • Ability for administrators to search users by USSF ID
    • Grassroots e-learning course in Spanish
    • Background check is now an assignment rather than a prerequisite for a course
    • Redesign of the user interface/appearance to allow further clarity

    The following updates will be launched in the coming months:

    • Background check in Spanish

    An updated Learning Center manual will be distributed to Learning Center SRCs highlighting the changes in the coming weeks.

  5. New Batch Uploader
  6. To continue to better serve our non-Learning Center states, the Referee Department will be launching a new Batch Uploader tool which will be fully supported by U.S. Soccer. The previous Batch Uploader - which was owned and operated by Stack Sports – has been closed. We will share details on the new tool in the coming weeks.

  7. Return to Educate

    Last week, the Referee Department shared ourReturn to Educate documentwith the SRCs. This document highlights guidelines for SRCs to reference as they continue to plan for future in-person classroom or field sessions. We have also included recommendations for match officials as they consider officiating future games. We ask that SRCs or match officials use this document as a guideline but also continue to reference their local health organization, CDC or local government guidelines as they consider returning to play or educate. Finally, the Referee Department will continue to encourage SRCs to hold webinars or online sessions in lieu of in-person sessions.

Permission to Host/Travel

Currently, the United States is still under a Level 4 Global Travel Advisory, which means that the State Department has advised that all international travel should be avoided. As such, while that Level 4 advisory remains in place, we are not in a position to approve any applications to host foreign teams or for domestic teams to travel internationally.

Once that travel advisory is reduced, we will begin to consider applications again and will likely have additional requirements in order to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Once that information is confirmed, we will send to all members and then update thewebsite.

Other Information/Reminders:

  • Information on the NDC and required data fields is archivedhere.
  • The Youth National Team Identification Center schedule is availablehere.
  • All upcoming international games scheduled in the United States are available vialinks on ussoccer.comunder "International Games-Weekly Schedule." The document is updated when any new game is scheduled.
  • Additional comments, suggestions or questions are always welcome, so feel free to call 312-528-1300 oremailus.
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