March 15, 2018

1:00 P.M. CT

Member Organizations Present: Arizona Soccer Association, AYSO, California State Soccer Association-South, Colorado Soccer Association, Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, Florida Youth Soccer Association, Hawaii Youth Soccer Association, Idaho Youth Soccer Association, Illinois Youth Soccer Association, Kansas State Youth Soccer Association, Kentucky Youth Soccer Association, Soccer Maine , Maryland State Youth Soccer Association, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, Michigan Soccer Association, Michigan State Youth Soccer Association, North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, Nevada Youth Soccer Association, New Hampshire Soccer Association, New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association, New Mexico Youth Soccer Association, New Mexico State Soccer Association, New York State West Youth Soccer Association, Ohio Youth Soccer Association - North, Oregon Adult Soccer Association, Oregon Youth Soccer Association, Pennsylvania West Soccer Association, SAY Soccer, South Texas Youth Soccer Association, Tennessee State Soccer Association, US Club Soccer, US Youth Soccer, Vermont Youth Soccer Association, Washington Youth Soccer, West Virginia Soccer Association, Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association and Wyoming Soccer Association.

The webinar began at 1:02 p.m. and was hosted by Caitlin Carducci, Manager of Member Programs.

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Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017: Caitlin began by reviewing the email that was sent on February 24 by CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn to all Member Organizations. There were more questions than answers, so Caitlin reiterated that we would review the topic at April Member Meetings, and she would compile current questions to provide to the Legal Department so they can prepare answers.

Additionally, the PSA created by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) about the SafeSport Legislation was provided to members for download and posting/sending to their constituents.

Evan Dabby from New Jersey asked about any update in regard to a best practices or uniform standard for education or similar requirements to meet the new legislation. Caitlin did not have any additional information, but would add it to the list of questions for legal.

A question was asked about young referees being covered by the legislation, but there was uncertainty as to if that meant if the youth referee was considered a “Covered Individual” or if abuse allegations against a youth referee needed to be reported. This question was also added to the list for the Legal Department to review and provide more information at April Member Meetings (if able).

A clarification was made that when “National Governing Body” is used in the legislation, it is referring to U.S. Soccer and the other members of the USOC.

2018 Member Meetings: Attendees should have received their confirmation of their requested meeting date on March 15, and that information for travel arrangements would be send on March 16, and tentative agenda topics would be sent out in the same message.

4v4 License Available Online in the DCC: The course is posted online and takes about two hours to complete. If you haven’t already, you can also take the intro module online for free in the DCC. The 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 online licenses are being targeted for mid-year.

A question was asked about the number of 4v4 licenses issued thus far, and after the webinar concluded, we can confirm that 720 4v4 online licenses have been issued as of March 13.

A request was made to provide the course content information for the remaining Grassroots Licenses sooner so that more courses were able to be taught. Caitlin replied that while we don’t have the online versions for all courses completed yet, the in-person 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 content is available to schedule and host in the Digital Coaching Center.

National Data Center Update: the launch date has been pushed to June 1 to allow for more testing in the sandbox environment prior to full launch. The National Data Center will be discussed in more detail at the April Member Meetings.

WNT Win SheBelieves Cup and MNT to host Bolivia: The U.S. Women’s National Team won the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, and will play Mexico in Jacksonville, Fla. and Houston in April.

Not included in the newsletter, but earlier on March 15, it was announced that the Men’s National Team will host Bolivia in at Talen Energy Stadium Chester, Penn. On May 28th at 7:00 p.m. ET.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The call ended at 1:26 p.m. CT