Risk Management

With the advent of the SafeSport initiative through US Soccer and the US Olympic Committee, very specific guidelines have been set up that limit one on one contact between adults (acting in a certain role under governing bodies) and minor athletes.  This has had the most impact in youth sports teams, between coaches and athletes.  It has also stemmed over to the referees in US Soccer.

Although not as common, it could also involve adult teams that have minor players registered to their team.  Because of the strict guidelines and ramifications for not adhering to the SafeSport policy, Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer is adopting a SafeSport Policy that must be accepted by all participating adults.

Safe Sport Authorization Act - EPSA Policy

Failure to comply makes you subject to criminal penalties.


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.


USASA SafeSport Recommendations/Policy for 2020-2021 Season

  • 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