KIDSAFE & GOAL SAFETY
All clubs must complete the Illinois Youth Soccer Association Organization Statement of Understanding and Agreement for the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 year. This pertains to the IYSA Goal Safety Policy (Rule 021-A) and Risk Management Policy (Rule 019). The policies, rules, and requirements are printed on the enclosed agreement. *Please note that the IYSA now requires that background checks be completed every two years for covered individuals.
Your club needs to comply with this policy by September 1, 2013 in order to be in good standing with IYSA and IWSL. The IYSA will not issue Tournament Permission to Travel Forms nor allow clubs who are not in compliance to participate in the State Cup. The IWSL will allow clubs to register for the Fall 2013 season but any games played by any teams of a club that is not KIDSAFE certified will be declared a forfeit until such club is certified, and such forfeiture will not be removed because of after the fact certification.
All soccer clubs and independent teams associated with the IWSL must submit a completed Statement of Understanding and Agreement. A copy of the Agreement must be signed and sent to us with the name list of all covered individuals (coaches, trainers, all persons who have direct contact with the players) attached to it with the confirmation of each person’s background check being performed by whatever service was used. It is each club’s responsibility to verify the results of each background check for compliance with the IYSA RM-1 Board Policy for Exclusion:
IYSA Board Policy RM-1 Board Policy for Exclusion from Programs Operated or Affiliated with the IYSA
Every person aged 18 or older working in any capacity with youth members of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) shall annually complete and sign a disclosure statement on a form promulgated by the IYSA. No person who has been convicted within fifteen (15) years of executing an IYSA Disclosure Statement shall be allowed to participate in any program directly or indirectly overseen by the IYSA, including its affiliated leagues, clubs, teams, and or/organizations if he or she has been convicted of murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery, arson, burglary, manslaughter, extortion, indecent liberties, incest, vehicular homicide, prostitution, corruption of a minor, unlawful
imprisonment, sexual exploitation of any person, child abuse or neglect, child molestation, sexual misconduct with any person, possession of electronic or internet pornography, distributing unlawful drugs, providing alcohol to a minor, violation of any restraining order, or any crime of physical violence.
The completed forms must then be sent to the IWSL Business Office. You can view the IYSA Risk Management Policy (Rule 019) and IYSA Goal Safety Policy (Rule 021-A) at
To assist you with this process you can use the link listed below for access to the IYSA’s background search link that is processed through e7 Sports. This is an option available to clubs to assist with background checks if desired, however the fees involved ($5.00 per person) are the responsibility of the club and not the IWSL. With this service the club submits and pays for all covered individuals. If you use this service you need to indicate Illinois Women’s Soccer League on the MEMBER LEAGUE drop down choice so we can verify individuals who have been checked. Otherwise you need to include the documentation/verification from whichever service you use that a background check has been completed for each listed individual.
(This link is accessible on the Kidsafe page of our website)
( Or at www.illinoisyouthsoccer.org click on COACHES, then BACKGROUND CHECK, REGISTRATION TYPE = Coach, MEMBER LEAGUE = Illinois Women’s Soccer League)
(Please note that we no longer link with Backgroundchecks.com)
DO NOT FORWARD INDIVIDUAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS. Individual disclosure statements are to be kept in the strictest confidence by individual clubs or independent teams. Questions, can be directed to us via email or voicemail listed below. Completed IWSL KIDSAFE Club Certifications must be mailed by September 1, 2013 to the address below AND NOT TO THE IYSA.
IWSL, PO Box 68849, Schaumburg, IL 60168