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What is SafeSport?

On February 14, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. Nebraska State Soccer developed its Risk Management Policy to meet the national requirements set forth by the Public Law and U.S. Soccer Policy.

Nebraska State Soccer has a zero-tolerance policy for abuse and misconduct. All participants in the soccer community must play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.

This policy includes six components:

  1. Prohibited Conduct
  2. Mandatory Reporting
  3. Background Screening
  4. Education and Training
  5. Limiting One-on-One Interactions (Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies)
  6. Enforcement

The policy also uses the term “Adult Participants” to refer to those adults (aged 18 years and older) to whom these policies apply.

Nebraska State Soccer defines Adult Participants as:

1.  A  member  or  license holder  of  an NGB,  PSO,  LAO,  or  USOPC;
2.  An employee  or  board  member  of  an NGB,  PSO,  LAO,  or  USOPC;
3.  Within the  governance  or  disciplinary  jurisdiction of  an NGB,  PSO,  LAO,  or  USOPC;
4.  Authorized,  approved,  or  appointed by  an  NGB,  PSO,  LAO,  or  USOPC  to have  regular  contact  with or  authority  over  Minor  Athletes. 

This includes any:

  • Organization Board Members, Officers, & Directors
  • Affiliate Members' Employees, Directors & Independent Directors
  • Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Substitute Coaches
  • Team Managers and Club Administrators
  • Tournament & Program Directors
  • Adult TOPSoccer Buddies
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Referees
  • Adult Athletes

Who is the U.S. Center for SafeSport?

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. They endeavor to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of the nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability.

The Center is a trusted educational resource for all sport entities at all levels of sport from grassroots amateur sports organizations to professional leagues. 

Legislation is available for download (click here).

SafeSport Certification

Education and awareness are the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment. Nebraska State Soccer is committed to ensuring all administrators have the proper training to protect athletes from all forms of abuse that can occur in sports. 

 The 90-Minute SafeSport™ Core training is an initial training requirement across all NGBs with additional refresher trainings available after one year.  Adults who have regular contact with youth participants are required to take this training.

To take the SafeSport Training -

Reach out to your club to assist with setting up your Demosphere profile to initiate the Player's Health training. This will give you access to complete SafeSport and the other required risk management trainings.



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