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Safe Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer is committed to creating the safest possible environment for all of its participants by taking a variety of safety measures and implementing programs that put the best interest of the players at the forefront.

NJYS Athlete and Participant Safety Program

NJ Youth Soccer has developed its Athlete and Participant Safety Program as part of the NJYS Risk Management Program. The Athlete and Participant Safety Program was developed in order to meet requirements set forth by Federal Legislation in the Public Law 115-126 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the "SafeSport Act") as well as U.S. Soccer Federation Policy 212-3.

NJYS direct member organizations, and those organizations that are indirectly affiliated with NJYS via membership or participation with any NJYS direct member organization, are expected to maintain compliance with these requirements on or before December 1, 2019 (but are nonetheless urged to complete compliance as early as practicable).

Effective December 1, 2019, any NJYS direct member organization, or any organization that is indirectly affiliated with NJYS via membership or participation with any NJYS direct member organization, not in compliance with the requirements set forth by the NJYS Athlete and Participant Safety Program may be subject to enforcement as provided the "Policy on Monitoring and Enforcement" of this program.

US Soccer Recognize to Recover

Recognize to Recover is aimed at promoting safe play and reducing injuries in soccer players of all ages. The first-of-its-kind, the program was developed with the help of medical experts to provide coaches, players, parents and referees with information, guidance and additional educational materials to improve the prevention and management of injuries.