By Michael Lewis
U.S. Soccer announced Friday that it has published soccer records from SafeSports’s Centralized Disciplinary Database to identity individuals who are subject to discipline, suspended or banned from coaching due to verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct.
Former U.S. women’s international Danielle Slaton, hwo is the chair of the U.S. Soccer board of directors’ Yates implementation committee, said that the federation had released the information and moving forward “as quickly and effectively as possible.”
In a report released on Oct. 3, Sally Q. Yates and King & Spalding uncovered systemic abuse not only in the National Women’s Soccer League, but throughout all levels of the sport.
“The importance of this work cannot be overstated,” Slaton said in a statement. “Our highest priority as a federation is to ensure that everyone who participates in our game is safe. Even as a former athlete who has pursued Olympic and World Cup gold, I believe deeply that there is no more worthy pursuit than the one we are facing now as a federation. It is our duty to build upon the wave of change that began with the brave voices and actions of our players. I am personally dedicated to ensuring that this process results in meaningful reform in our sport, and I know the other members of the committee share that commitment.
Slaton said that this was only the beginning of wiping out sexual misconduct in the game.
““We are only getting started,” she added. “Our committee and U.S. Soccer staff still have much to execute on and we will continue to do the hard work of transforming words into action and lasting change. It’s going to take all of us in the soccer community, each with our own resources and platforms, to reform our sport. The federation will not stop, and we welcome the voices and engagement of the entire soccer community in this process.”
The link to the database is:
The federation also announced a safety hub: