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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 seen Policy 212-3 below for information applicable to U.S. Soccer’s Organization Members.

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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.

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.

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. 

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  • Bullying Prevention Handbook for Coaches: The U.S. Center for SafeSport has published a new resource “Bullying Prevention Handbook- for Coaches of Minor Athletes.” The handbook helps coaches of Minor Athletes recognize. Prevent, and respond to bullying in their sport. The handbook can be found here.