The FYSA Risk Management Program is in place to identify and assess potential risks to our soccer community. We monitor and minimize the probability and/or impact these risks may pose to youth athletes around the state. Risk management ranges from making sure that all players wear shin guards to providing background checks for all our volunteers, coaches and staff members.
The objectives of the risk management program are:
To review and recommend policies and procedures to ensure the safety of our participants.
To establish secure records and maintain the background check information program for volunteers, employees and others who are entrusted with the supervision and care of players and participants, including financial care.
To provide secondary medical coverage for injuries incurred during participation in Florida Youth Soccer activities.
To provide policy recommendations and education for Florida Youth Soccer Member Associations to minimize liabilities and other manageable risks including financial risk.
All background checks are completed through GotSoccer. Login into your account and under the Background Check tab, press the 'submit new report' button. Fill out all necessary information with your legal name and records. The background check includes a national and state level check, so please submit your report in a timely manner once per seasonal year.
Risk Management Forms and Information
Disciplinary Action & Risk Management Report
The Disciplinary Action and Risk Management Report (DARM) is published monthly by US Youth Soccer. DARM reports are an effective and efficient tool for all membership, to assist all in defining and communicating expected behavior under the Risk Management Program. The Florida Youth Soccer Association is diligent in their fiduciary responsibilities to help evade the treats of harm to its participants.
Goal Safety Video
Florida Youth Soccer Association, in collaboration with all other state associations with US Youth Soccer, is proud to launch a goal safety educational video to further provide Safe Soccer resources for its member clubs.
Recognize to Recover
Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. The first-of-its-kind, the program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and additional educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries. Link: http://www.recognizetorecover.org/
In 2018, Congress passed The Protective Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the SafeSport Act). The legislation is aimed at preventing and reporting child abuse in youth sports by expanding the categories of "mandatory reporters" and requiring organizations to provide enhanced training. FYSA requires all of its adult members to complete the training and follow the reporting guidelines of SafeSport.
SafeSport Phone Number - (720)-531-0340
FYSA & Praesidium - (866)-607-7233
SafeSport training is mandatory for every adult participant within FYSA, including coaches, managers and administrators and players. The training covers three topics: mandatory reporting, sexual misconduct awareness education, and emotional and physical misconduct. The training is offered to all registered FYSA members through their GotSport Accounts. All required participants should complete this training before beginning any sanctioned activity with their club. Your completed training dates will be recorded in your GotSport Account. Please contact your club for first time training code and/or the re-certification course.
SafeSport Training for Players 18 years and older (All players who turn 18 during the season are required to complete the SafeSport training before they can be registered to FYSA and rostered. Please refer to the following link for instructions:
SafeSport Instructions for Players 18 years and older during the 2022-2023 Season
In addition to requiring training, the SafeSport Act also expands the definition of mandatory reporter to include any “adult who is authorized, by a national governing body, a member of the national governing body…to interact with a minor or amateur athlete at an amateur sports organization facility or at any event sanctioned by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or such an amateur sports organization.” FYSA urges all adults to understand their reporting obligations outlined here:
Under the SafeSport Act, the reporting obligation is triggered when a mandatory reporter becomes aware of “facts that give reason to suspect” a child has suffered an incident of child abuse. Mandatory reporters should refrain from judging or evaluating the credibility of such allegations, and instead immediately report these incidents to law enforcement and to SafeSport. Failure to promptly (within 24 hours of becoming aware) report suspected child abuse to law enforcement may constitute a violation of federal law, state law and U.S. Soccer’s SafeSport Policy. Click here if you have suspicions that must be reported.
Additional SafeSport Information & Resources
Player Health Resources to Prevent Abuse