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Safe Sport Policy

Mass Soccer Safe Sport Policy

This policy shall apply to all activities under the Mass Soccer jurisdiction.

1) Mass Soccer board members, standing committee members and employees shall consent to background screening, to be conducted by NCSI or other approved provider, and shall complete “Safe Sport training” concerning child abuse prevention through the U.S. Center for SafeSport or equivalent.

2) The named Manager of a team that includes a Youth player shall consent to background screening and Safe Sport training within the first 45 days of becoming the manager or registering the player.  (This requirement does not apply if the player will reach the age of 18 within the first 45 days of joining the team.)

3) In addition to the initial training, individuals covered by this policy shall complete a refresher course on an annual basis following the completion of the initial training.

4) All members of Mass Soccer shall take reasonable procedures to limit one-on-one interactions between an individual Youth player and any Adult Participant who is not their legal guardian.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Meetings and individual training sessions
  • Massages and rubdowns
  • Locker rooms, rest rooms, and changing areas
  • Social media and electronic communications
  • Local travel
  • Team travel


SafeSport MAAPP and Reporting Requirements

U.S. Soccer’s 2022 MAAPP policy, approved by the Center for SafeSport, is contained in the Safe Soccer Framework and can be found online here:  U.S. Soccer’s Policy 212-3, which establishes prohibited conduct policy and MAAPP requirements for amateur organization members, is on pp. 46-49 of the Safe Soccer Framework. 


Any allegation of child abuse must be reported to the Center for SafeSport, local law enforcement, and/or child and family services, depending upon your state.  Any allegation of sexual misconduct, regardless of the age of the parties involved, must also be reported to the Center.  Reports can be made to the Center for SafeSport at 833-587-7233 or online here:  

Policy 212-3 requires all amateur organizations to have procedures for reporting violations of their prohibited conduct policies, including emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, or violations of the MAAPP. 

Allegations of misconduct, including violations of the MAAPP, may also be reported to U.S. Soccer at 312-528-7004, or online here: information about how and where to report a concern can be found on

Background Screening Requirements

​​​​​​​It shall be deemed a failure if the adult player or staff member is listed in the corresponding database or if the adult refuses to comply with the screening requirements.

An adult who fails Screening Test 1 and/or 2 may not participate in any way on a team with one or more U18 players.

An adult who fails Screening Test 3 and is listed by the Center for Safe Sport as ineligible or suspended must be removed from the team and may not participate on the team, in the league, State Association or the USASA in any way.


This policy applies to affiliated teams that register one or more players who are under 18 (“U18”).

According to the SafeSport Act, persons who are 18 or older (“adults”) who have close and continuing contact with persons who are U18 must take the following actions:

  1. One-on-one interactions between an adult and a U18 player on the team must be limited in accordance with the SafeSport Code1. (

  2. The adult players and staff on a team with one or more U18 players must maintain a current annual certificate of SafeSport Training.
  3. Background screening of each of the adult players and adult team staff members on such teams must be done once every three years.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT from Leagues that allow U18 players

Affiliated leagues within Mass Soccer that allow the registration of U18 players have agreed to the following actions in support of this policy: 

  1. Perform background screening and maintain a record of the results for adults registered with teams having one or more U18 player(s);
  2. Collect and maintain a file of applicable certificates of SafeSport training for these adults; and
  3. Report to Mass Soccer the names of any person who does not pass any Screening Test.

Background screening adjudication decisions may be appealed in accordance with USASA and US Soccer Bylaws and policies.