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We will be using GotSport as our preferred platform provider for all of our leagues, events, and program registrations for Alabama Soccer Association.  We are currently in the middle of club training for the fall season so if you missed Phase One or Phase Two, please see the links below and other helpful hints.

Where do I start with GotSport?

Club registrars and managers have gone thru training sessions with GotSport during this summer to prepare for the fall season.

We have gone through all three phases above so if you have further questions go to the ZenHelp or contact GotSoccer/GotSport below.

    • More help articles and Frequent questions are in the GotSport ZenHelp Desk HELP ME
Contact Us

  [email protected]

+1 904-746-4446

www.gotsoccer.com

Alabama Soccer Association follows guidelines under US Soccer, US Youth, and local governances to do our due diligence to protect the members of our association and particular our players under our affiliated clubs.  

 

U.S. SOCCER INTEGRITY HOTLINE

(312) 528-7004 or click here.

SAFESPORT.ORG

Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

We encourage all members (Youth and Adult) to read the email and linked resources in full, and want to reinforce a few items:

  • The bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to all adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletesby a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition. These individuals are called “covered individuals” in the new legislation.
  • Child abuse is defined as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.
  • Per current federal regulations, reports of child abuse should be made to the local law enforcement agency or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims or to the FBI. These regulations have not yet been updated to reflect the recent change in the law. Until such time as the regulations are updated, U.S. Soccer will make reports to (1) local law enforcement where any alleged incident took place to the extent it can be determined and the incident occurred in the United States, (2) local law enforcement where the victim resides if different than (1), and (3) the FBI.
  • An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties including fines and up to one (1) year in jail.
  • These obligations are in addition to any State law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.

Additionally, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) distributed a PSA about the SafeSport Center to all National Governing Bodies, and you are welcome to download and distribute the video to your members.

United Soccer Coaches partnership with MOCSA click here

Risk Management is a method for identifying risks in all areas, and developing and implementing a plan to protect an organization and prevent loss.

It is the intent of Alabama Soccer Association to provide a healthy, safe and enjoyable soccer environment for all participants. Each year we have updated our Risk Management policies based on US Soccer, US Youth Soccer guidelines, and Alabama Law. 

Currently, each seasonal year (August 1 – July 31), our coaches, managers, and administrators in our ASA affiliated clubs are required to have a background check, SafeSport Certification, CoachSafely Certification, and follow Safe Soccer Framework in order to be listed on a team roster and/or have any contact with youth in any of our programs.

If you have specific questions about Risk Management please contact:

Jennifer Pfeiffer, Executive Director

Kristin Roberts, State Risk Management Coordinator

ASA Risk Management Policy – Click Here

SAFE SOCCER

U.S. Soccer has developed the Safe Soccer Framework as a foundation from which all participants in the soccer community, be they athletes, coaches, referees, administrators or volunteers, play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The Safe Soccer Framework is a comprehensive program of policies and process, screening, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement designed to help participants detect and report abuse, respond to it, and prevent future occurrences. This Framework applies to U.S. Soccer national level programs. Please see Policy 212-3 below for information applicable to U.S. Soccer’s Organization Members. Effective September 1, 2019, any Organization Member not in compliance with this Policy 212-3 will be subject to enforcement as provided in Section 6.

Website for Safe Soccer Framework, Bylaw 212 and Policy 212-3  click here

RECOGNIZE to RECOVER

US Soccer’s comprehensive player health and safety program aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages.

Recognize to Recover was developed with the help of medical experts and will provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.

For more information on US Soccer’s Recognize to Recover, click here

August 2018: CPR/AED Video on Recognize to Recover Presented by Thorne
Below is a link to our CPR/AED Training video that was recently posted on the Recognize to Recover website.

The video was produced to educate players, coaches, referees, and parents as part of our ongoing efforts to promote and elevate player safety. This video is part of a comprehensive player safety module that will be included in all online Coaching and Referee Education courses.

The video is currently available on the Recognize to Recover website, and specifically in the “Cardiac Conditions” section, and you can get to it via this link:

http://www.recognizetorecover.org/cardiac/#cardiac-arrest (if you don’t see the video immediately, scroll down and you should see it).

Once the full Player Safety module is complete, we will work with your office on the best way to disseminate the information through your own channels, should you choose to do that.

REPORT A CONCERN

SAFE SPORT

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For Alabama Soccer Association, we have required every adult who is working with youth under 18 are required to have the Safe Sport-Sexual Abuse Awareness Training-Youth Sports program each year and uploaded to their GotSport profile in order to be listed on a team roster.  Every adult registered in the GotSport platform has access to the required SafeSport link on their Coaches Profile. 

Please Read our GotSport Platform page for any questions.  

COACHSAFELY

The CoachSafely Foundation made history in 2018 when its advocacy, designed to create a new standard in youth sports safety, led to a breakthrough in public policy. The Coach Safely Act (Alabama Code 2018-496) – passed by the Alabama Legislature and signed by Gov. Kay Ivey – became the first law in the United States requiring youth coaches to be trained in a comprehensive course of injury recognition and prevention to protect their athletes.

The Foundation created the CoachSafely training course, which has been approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health, to meet the law’s mandate. While focusing on education and research to train youth coaches to keep their players safe, the Foundation continues to advocate for similar legislative mandates in other states in the Southeastern Conference footprint and beyond.

For Alabama Soccer Association, CoachSafely  is another layer of the risk management required for our coaches, managers, and administrators in our clubs to help keep our players in a safe environment.  Each year our adults working with players will have to complete the required certification by CoachSafely in their GotSport profile in order to be listed on any team rosters.  Contact your club administrator to receive access to the CoachSafely education requirement.

CoachSafely Injury Prevention Wheel

CoachSafely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Guide

CoachSafely Youth Parent Helpful Resources

Other Helpful Links to Keep our Players in a Safe Soccer Environment

 

We know everyone wants to return to the soccer fields with teammates, coaches, families, and friends. We are following a combination of guidelines from US Youth Soccer, US Soccer, and Alabama Public Health for a safer timeline to our soccer activities.

Governor Ivey encourages business owners to print the free mask graphics below and display them in their stores.  MASKS PREFERRED

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Masks are Recommended for Fall 2021

  • Social Distancing between different households is RECOMMENDED AT ALL TIMES along the sidelines for games
  • Travel Permits will be granted if the location you are  traveling to allows sports activities by their governance and USYS state association

Common Reminders for Return to Play

  • Waiver is REQUIRED and must be signed by all participants in all ASA sanctioned program or event effective immediately-including tournaments and friendlies.  All youth players must have a parent/guardian signature. REQUIRED WAIVER
  • No one is allowed to participate in training sessions or games if they show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have known exposure to someone that has been ill in the last 14 days
  • If anyone shows signs and/or symptoms of COVID-19, they must leave the sporting activity immediately and go seek medical care and/or testing for COVID-19.  
  • If your test is positive, follow the guidelines from the CDC and your physician must clear you to return to the soccer field.
  • RECOMMEND Masks are for anyone that is not directly involved with athletic activity – coaches, injured players, etc.
    • Social distancing between different households is recommended in parking lots
  • RECOMMEND Sanitizer stations throughout the complex and restrooms
  • Players should bring their own ball and sanitize before/after training
  • No handshakes, high fives, or physical contact 
  • No shared water, drinks, or snacks – each player properly labels drinks and return to backpack
  • Please review US Youth Introduction of Principles and Responsibilities for clubs, coaches, parents, and players.  US Soccer also has a return to play guideline under US Soccer PLAY ON.  Your club may have additional responsibilities and requirements for all participants.

 

Game Day Expectations

At least 48 hours prior to scheduled game time, HOME team is responsible for contacting visiting team to confirm game day details including any additional COVID entrance, parking, or facility guidelines based on local ordinances. Please review the RECOMMENDED Game Day Field Layout and Game Day Guidelines below: 

Additional Return to Play Resources

From our K&K Insurance Group here are their top questions

Return to Play

At a bare minimum, the state association and its member organizations, need to adhere to their state/local guidelines on resumption of sporting activities.  Follow their guidelines & directives closely and you will be operating in a reasonable and prudent manner from a risk management standpoint.  The state association can decide to be more restrictive than their state/local mandates as respects to return to play, just not any less restrictive.  Documentation will be very important.  By documenting positive actions taken by the association/club, you will be able to demonstrate that reasonable and prudent steps were undertaken and completed to keep players, staff, and spectators as safe from infection as possible.

 

Protective Face Coverings

Players should be allowed to wear a cloth, surgical, or similar face covering while playing soccer but do not mandate players wear one (leave it to the parent’s discretion) unless your state mandates face coverings need to be worn while playing athletic activities.

 

REQUIRED WAIVER: ASA Hold Harmless – Communicable

 

 

 

Insurance:

  • Adults – Click Here
  • Youth – Click Here

Affiliation Form:

Affiliate 2020-2021

If you are a new soccer program and want to join Alabama Soccer Association, contact Jennifer directly at [email protected]

 

International Clearance (ITC): 

  • International Clearance Process – Will go to US Soccer for clearance

Player/Team:

Tournaments or Friendlies:

In order to receive Alabama Soccer Association’s approval to host a tournament or friendly games, you must fill out the application and hosting agreement then email it to Jennifer and Lynn for consideration.  Events that ASA approves will be posted on the website and covered under USYS sanctioning rules.  

Governing Documents

Alabama Soccer Association Bylaws

ASA General Membership Rules

US Youth Soccer (USYSA)

Bylaws & Policies

United States Soccer Federation (USSF)

Bylaws & Policies

United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA)

Bylaws & Policies