This page aggregates information and resources from other pages regarding the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “SafeSport Act”), which was signed into law on February 14, 2018 and became effective immediately.
It applies to, among others, all US Club Soccer members. Please read and share this information with your members, parents and all other relevant parties.
This summary is not intended to supplant the need for every member to review the statute and we urge our members to contact us should you have any questions. In addition, you may also wish to consult your own counsel regarding how this new law will impact your organization. This web page is not intended to provide legal advice to our members.
Pursuant to the SafeSport Act, all mandatory reporters are required to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours 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. This requirement applies to, among others, all Participants as described in US Club Soccer Policy 13.01.
Beyond the obligations described in Section 13.03(a), Adult Participants also have an affirmative duty to report suspected abuse or other misconduct to US Club Soccer, and as many be applicable, the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
These obligations are in addition to any state or local law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.
This is the primary training that has been required of all Adult Participants registering with US Club Soccer since the 2018-19 registration year. The online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations.
Pursuant to Policy 13.09, SafeSport Core or Refresher Training is required of all Adult Participants, as follows:
As it relates to the SafeSport training resources provided below, please note that the U.S. Center for SafeSport is transferring all online courses to a new online platform (Absorb).
For technical support with the online training, please submit a ticket to the U.S. Center for SafeSport Technical Support Help Desk. Do not contact technical support regarding the U.S. Soccer access code, as they are unable to help. The access code may be obtained via the instructions above.
US Club Soccer strongly encourages all parents of Minor Athletes to take the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport Training on an annual basis.
Designed for parents of athletes of all ages, the free online course explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps parents ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience. Beyond the online training, a variety of parent toolkits are also available.
US Club Soccer strongly encourages all Minor Athletes, subject to parental consent, to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s minor athlete training on an annual basis.
These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.