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Protecting Our Players

By USYF, 08/01/18, 2:15PM CDT


USYF to Require Background Checks on All Coaches


For Immediate Release

Protecting Our Players - US Youth Futsal to Require Background Checks on All Coaches

U.S. Youth Futsal forges ahead to keep all players safe by mandating best of breed background checks for all coaches. Background checks provide a high level of confidence or parents and players— and is deserved by all families.

OVERLAND PARK, KS, August 1,2018 – Power of Protection: United States Youth Futsal ( will require comprehensive background checks for the upcoming 2018/19 season

As of August 1, 2018, U.S. Youth Futsal (USYF) will mandate background checks for all registered coaches and team managers as part of the organization’s focus on player safety. 

“At US Youth Futsal, we want to do everything we can to keep our players safe,” said Jon Parry, Executive Director and founder of USYF. “Our goal is to develop players and this can only truly be accomplished in a safe environment. As a parent, I know how important it to have peace of mind and know that our USYF coaches have all been carefully screened by a comprehensive background check. As a national organization, we are proud to require that our coaches pass an in-depth background check before they coach any of our 50,000+ players.”

US Youth Soccer / Cal North settled a lawsuit filed over failing to have mandatory background checks and the youth athletic world has been rocked with the convictions of serious predators. “It is unfortunate that today’s parents have to confront these issues,” said Parry. “We want parents to have the peace of mind that coaches at USYF have been through a national background check.”

“U.S. Youth Futsal is committed to protecting the youth that they serve and we are honored to play an important role in that effort by providing a new level of comprehensive risk management support. The U.S. Youth Futsal background checks will search the largest amount of criminal record data in the industry today,” said David A. Stinnett, President & CEO, Reference Services, Inc.

“In addition to providing the best background check, our goal at Reference Services is to educate sports organizations with critical knowledge so they can mitigate risk in their organizations and utilize best practices,” added Stinnett. “This knowledge translates into empowered organizations who can protect themselves and make the right decisions to protect our youth.”

The mandatory background checks are part of the U.S. Youth Futsal (USYF) new Player Safety Initiatives. USYF continues to take a leadership position in the youth sports’ world and offers programs for players of all levels including Futsal I.D., International Teams, Coaching Education, Referee Development and the newly launched USYF Academy program providing comprehensive training for elite players.

About United States Youth Futsal

United States Youth Futsal (USYF) is committed to the growth and development of youth futsal in the USA. Founded in 1994, USYF is the largest U.S. Soccer-affiliated futsal organization in the United States, overseeing more than 100 local leagues in 30 states across the country. With over 50,000 registered youth players, USYF host youth programs in every corner of the country. USYF holds 10 Regional Championships with one National Championship annually. In addition, USYF’s Coaching Education, Referee Development, National Futsal I.D., International Teams, and new Academy program providing groundbreaking focus on the game of futsal and player development.