As of the 2016-17 registration year, US Club Soccer implemented several Player Health and Safety initiatives for registered staff members as part of its Players First philosophy. As such, the steps necessary to register staff members with US Club Soccer are detailed below.
Pursuant to U.S. Soccer rules, staff registration is required of all individuals working with or managing youth players, regardless of whether they are volunteers or paid staff, or registered with another U.S. Soccer member organization. This includes all coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers assigned to a team with youth players.
- Complete Sideline Sports Doc (SSD) online course. [usclubsoccer.sidelinesportsdoc.com/]
Effective July 1, all coaches and staff members registering with US Club Soccer must complete this course each time a background check is required (approximately every two years). Users will receive a certificate number when the course is complete, which must then be entered into the corresponding background screening application (see #2 below). The SSD certificate number must be entered into the background screening application in order to proceed. Invalid SSD certificate numbers will delay registration. This step must be completed by the person registering with US Club Soccer.
- Complete background screening. [US Club Soccer Background Screening Application]
US Club Soccer substantially increased its background screening standard and transitioned the application and process to the SportsEngine platform. A valid SSD certificate number is required to complete the background screening application. This step must be completed by the person registering with US Club Soccer.