Today, USA Soccer released an update detailing plans to implement 12 recommendations from Sally Yates’ investigation into allegations of abuse in the NWSL. When these allegations brought the NWSL into the public eye for the wrong reasons, US Soccer hired King & Spaulding to investigate cheating in North America’s top women’s professional league.
Former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates led the investigation, which concluded with a 319-page report and 12 recommendations to federations to clean up sport at all levels. Through interviews, Yeats’ findings led the federation to create a Safe Soccer Program.
The Safe Soccer Program is intended to help you spot the “bad guys” before they even have the chance to participate in US soccer. This program sets new standards and procedures for determining whether someone is eligible to work within the boundaries of U.S. football.
“Shortly after the release of Sally Yates’ independent report, our board and staff will implement the report’s recommendations and advance conservation initiatives that build a participant-centered culture of safety and trust across sport. “We’ve set about planning to do that,” Cohn said in a statement.
Daniel Slaton, chairman of Yeats’ implementation committee, said Safe Soccer is about ensuring that players of all ages are protected from abuse in the future. “We will work closely with our members to ensure that the deployment of ‘Safe Soccer’ is smooth, practical and sustainable, and with the Participant Safety Task Force to ensure that football across his ecosystem is safe. We will be implementing additional protective measures,” he added Slaton.
The Board’s Yates Implementation Committee worked with the US Soccer Pro League Standards Task Force to propose amendments to the US Soccer Pro League Standards. This standard governs all professional soccer leagues related to US soccer, including Major League Soccer (MLS) and National Independent Soccer. Association (NISA), National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), North American Soccer League (NASL), United Soccer League (USL). Some of the most notable recommendations from Yates include:
- Teams must accurately disclose misconduct to NWSL and USSF to prevent abusive coaches from moving from team to team.
- The USSF should require the NWSL to conduct timely investigations into abuse allegations, impose appropriate discipline, and immediately disseminate findings.
- USSF should require NWSL to conduct annual training for players and coaches on applicable policies governing verbal abuse, emotional abuse, sexual misconduct, harassment, and retaliation .
- USSF, NWSL, and teams must each appoint an individual within their organization to be responsible for player safety.
- Federations, through existing board committees, ad hoc committees or task forces, determine the most effective structural mechanisms to evaluate and implement recommendations and consider further reforms to support player safety. need to do it.
- The USSF should require the NWSL to implement a system to solicit and act on player feedback on an annual basis.
- Teams, the NWSL, and the USSF should not rely solely on SafeSport to keep players safe, and should implement safety measures where necessary to protect players in the USSF environment.
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