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U.S. Soccer has developed the Safe Soccer Framework as a foundation from which all participants in the soccer community, be they athletes, coaches, referees, administrators or volunteers, play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The Safe Soccer Framework is a comprehensive program of policies and process, screening, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement designed to help participants detect and report abuse, respond to it, and prevent future occurrences. This Framework applies to U.S. Soccer national level programs. Please see Policy 212-3 below for information applicable to U.S. Soccer’s Organization Members.


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Safe Soccer Policies:

SAFE SOCCER FRAMEWORK

U.S. Soccer’s Safe Soccer Framework provides the guiding policies applicable to all U.S. Soccer-controlled programs. Although the Framework focuses in many areas on concerns unique to minor athletes, the policies are applicable to and designed to protect athletes of all ages.


USSF ATHLETE & PARTICIPANT SAFETY POLICY


Under Bylaw 212, each U.S. Soccer Organization Member is required to comply with applicable law, prohibit sexual abuse, and if they deal with athletes, maintain a risk management policy. Policy 212-3 provides criteria for risk management policies in an effort to assist Organization Members in complying with applicable Federal Law. 


PROHIBITED CONDUCT POLICY


U.S. Soccer’s Prohibited Conduct Policy forms the basis for the Safe Soccer Framework. Organization Members may wish to refer to this policy in creating their own policy or Code of Conduct pursuant to Policy 212-3.


MISSOURI YOUTH SOCCER SAFESPORT POLICY


Missouri Youth Soccer's Policies Regarding the "SafeSport Act" and how it relates to our members. The policy set forth below was approved by the MYSA Board of Directors on May 28, 2019. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that MYSA, and all of its members, comply with both the letter and spirit of the SafeSport Act. Compliance with the law is mandatory. More importantly, it is the right thing to do. 


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Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act 2017


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On February 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The legislation is available for download HERE. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has released a fact sheet about the legislation which can be found HERE.

In addition to the U.S. Center for SafeSport's factsheet, which provides information regarding the entire law, we wanted to provide additional detail on the specific mandatory reporting of child abuse requirements included in the new legislation because these requirements may impact you immediately:

  • The bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse,within 24 hours to all adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition. These individuals are called "covered individuals" in the new legislation.
  • Child abuse is defined as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.
  • Per current federal regulations, reports of child abuse should be made to the local law enforcement agency or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims or to the FBI. These regulations have not yet been updated to reflect the recent change in the law. Until such time as the regulations are updated, U.S. Soccer will make reports to (1) local law enforcement where any alleged incident took place to the extent it can be determined and the incident occurred in the United States, (2) local law enforcement where the victim resides if different than (1), and (3) the FBI.
  • An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties including fines and up to one (1) year in jail.
  • These obligations are in addition to any State law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.

If you make a report of child abuse to law enforcement, please also communicate this report to the U.S. Soccer integrity hotline at https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline or (312) 528-7004 and the U.S. Center for SafeSport at https://safesport.org. As a reminder, as a member or affiliate of U.S. Soccer, you may be subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport under certain circumstances. The Center serves an important investigatory and remedial function where law enforcement may choose or be unable to act.

If you have any questions, you can contact either Lydia Wahlke ([email protected]) or Greg Fike ([email protected]) in the U.S. Soccer legal department.

Very Truly Yours.

Dan Flynn
CEO/Secretary General

cc: U.S. Soccer Board of Directors


YOU Are A Mandatory Reporter


Reporting child abuse is everyone's responsibility.

Any person may report suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Anonymous reports are accepted from individuals who are not mandated by occupation to report, but please consider identifying yourself.

Missouri Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer have free training available through their member clubs and leagues. Anyone interested should contact their league or club Registrar for a link to the training.

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Safe Sport Authorization Act

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