Safesport

SAFESPORT MAAPP AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Soccer’s 2022 MAAPP policy, approved by the Center for SafeSport, is contained in the Safe Soccer Framework and can be found online here:  www.safesoccer.com.  U.S. Soccer’s Policy 212-3, which establishes prohibited conduct policy and MAAPP requirements for amateur organization members, is on pp. 46-49 of the Safe Soccer Framework.  Finally, model prevention policies to assist organization members in satisfying the Center’s 2022 MAAPP requirements are contained in Appendix A of the Safe Soccer Framework.

Reporting

Any allegation of child abuse must be reported to the Center for SafeSport, local law enforcement, and/or child and family services, depending upon your state.  Any allegation of sexual misconduct, regardless of the age of the parties involved, must also be reported to the Center.  Reports can be made to the Center for SafeSport at 833-587-7233 or online here:  https://safesport.i-sight.com/portal.  

Policy 212-3 requires all amateur organizations to have procedures for reporting violations of their prohibited conduct policies, including emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, or violations of the MAAPP. 

Allegations of misconduct, including violations of the MAAPP, may also be reported to U.S. Soccer at 312-528-7004, or online here: https://ussoccer.i-sight.com/portal.  Additional information about how and where to report a concern can be found on www.safesoccer.com.  

Important Links

Safe Sport Authorization Act - EPSA Policy

Failure to comply makes you subject to criminal penalties.

WWW.SAFESOCCER.COM

All members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association are subject to the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.  For adult teams this means that if you have players under the age of 18 (minors) registered to your team, you must comply with the law.

  1. Mandatory Reporting: It is mandatory to report all facts that give reason to suspect that a minor has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse.

    1. You must report any incident as soon as possible (within 24 hours of the incident) of a suspected abuse to local Children & Youth agencies, through this portal https://safesport.org/report-a-concern and/or to local authorities.

  2. You must make reasonable accommodations to limit one on one contact between minors and adults who are not their parents or legal guardians.

  3. All electronic communication should be observable and as a group text (no one-on-one interactions).

  4. SafeSport training is available through the US Center for SafeSport: safesport.org/training

    1. Initial training shall be completed by all coaches and staff before having regular contact with minors and refresher training conducted yearly while still in the role of overseeing minors.

    2. Initial training should be completed by all adult players competing on a team that includes minors.

    3. It is advisable that all adults who have regular contact or supervision over minors complete background clearances.

  5. Every player and coach is strongly encouraged to go through the SafeSport training, even if they do not currently have minors registered to their team.

  6. The Act prohibits retaliation against any individual who makes a report of suspected child abuse.

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Policies & Documents

USASA SafeSport Recommendations/Policy 

  • Leagues and teams WITH minors – All SafeSport trained and screened

  • Leagues with NO minors, but play in multiple States – One person SafeSport trained and one screened (can be the same person)

  • Leagues with NO minors and no interstate travel – No SafeSport and no screening