Risk Management

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.

Concussion management:
It is required that all FYSA adult members complete the online CDC Heads Up Concussion
Training module. The certification is valid for two years. Additionally, FYSA adheres to the
requirements for concussion management and protocol as stated in Florida Statute 943.0438.
Compliance includes:

  1. Delivering concussion education to all registered FYSA members
  2. Requirement of an informed consent waiver specifically explains the nature and risk of
    concussion and head injury, including the risk of continuing to play after a concussion or
    head injury (to be signed by parents). This is required each seasonal year.
  3. Possible concussion notification form (when a concussion has been suspected).
  4. Medical clearance form, which includes a written medical clearance to return stating that
    the youth athlete no longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a
    concussion or other head injury.
  5. Return to play concussion protocols (outlined medical clearance form).
    FYSA has created documentation for affiliates to ensure compliance with Florida Statute 943.0438
    (posted to the FYSA website). FYSA affiliates are responsible for the collection and keeping of
    these documents for ALL registered players. Affiliates may recreate these forms digitally or create
    their own as long as they meet the required criteria above.

Safe Sport

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 Training

SafeSport training is mandatory for every adult participant within FYSA, including coaches, managers and administrators. 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 an access code that is provided to all clubs after completion of a background check. Adults should complete this training before beginning any sanctioned activity with their club. Upon completion, the adult should upload their “SafeSport Trained” certificate into their GotSoccer profile. Please contact your club for first time training code and/or the re-certification course.

SafeSport Reporting

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.