U.S. Soccer has announced the members and immediate priorities for the federation’s new Participant Safety Taskforce.
Led by Chair Mana Shim, the Taskforce was created following the release of Sally Q. Yates’ independent investigation.
The Taskforce has sbeben charged with coordinating and collaborating on conduct-related policies and procedures from the youth level all the way up to professional leagues and senior national teams. While the new Yates Implementation Committee of the U.S. Soccer board of directors, led by Danielle Slaton, focuses on quickly and effectively implementing the recommendations in the Yates report, the Taskforce will push beyond those recommendations to drive change across the entire soccer ecosystem.
Former U.S. women’s national team midfielder Shannon Boxx and Maryland State Youth Soccer Association executive director Greg Smith will join Shim in the leadership of the Taskforce.
The group’s membership includes current and former players from the U.S. women’s and men’s national teams and the U.S. extended national teams, representatives from the MLS, USL, youth and adult member organizations, as well as players from the NWSL, including the president of the NWSLPA and the NWSL’s current director of strategy. They will be joined by experts in the fields of human resources, law, auditing and compliance, and player safety processes from various levels of the sport and other governing bodies such as UEFA and FIFA. Taskforce members are listed below.
“I am excited to work alongside these athletes, experts, medical professionals and advocates, who I know share my passion for action and change,” Shim said in a statement. “There is much to do, but I am confident we have a team with a wide range of experiences and viewpoints to change the culture in soccer from the ground up. Together, we will be defining new standards, policies, reporting systems and educational programs with the goal of eradicating abuse altogether from our sport.”
The Taskforce will take an athlete-focused approach, supported by subject matter experts, to thoroughly evaluate critical issues and potential solutions to the systemic problems described in the Yates report, as well as any additional issues raised via the impending NWSL/NWSLPA investigation and any concerns or proposals raised by Taskforce members directly.
Participant Safety Taskforce Membership Roster
Mana Shim, Former NWSL player
Taskforce Vice Chairs
Shannon Boxx, Former USWNT / NWSL player
Greg Smith, Executive Director, Maryland State Youth Soccer Association
Margueritte Aozasa, Head Coach, UCLA women’s soccer
Nicole Arsenault, Technical Lead, Idaho Youth Soccer
Jessica Bartley, USOPC Director of Mental Health Services and former NCAA athlete
Paul Burke, Shareholder & General Counsel, Ray Quinney & Nebeker and Former President, Utah Youth Soccer
Erin Chastain, Head Coach, University of Minnesota women’s soccer
Margie Close, AYSO Secretary
Anastasia Danias, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Major League Soccer
Tierna Davidson, USWNT / NWSL player
Gloria Faber, Executive Director, USYS and New Mexico Youth Soccer
AD Franch, USWNT / NWSL player
Lesle Gallimore, Girls Academy Commissioner, USSF Coach Educator, former USSF YNT coach and former Division I College Head Coach, Past President of United Soccer Coaches
Naomi Girma, USWNT / NWSL player
Lauren Holiday, Former USWNT / NWSL player
Carlin Hudson, Former NWSL player and current NWSL Director of Strategy
Tori Huster, NWSL player and President, NWSLPA
Greg Hutton, COO, US Club Soccer
Cynthia Labella, MD, Medical Director, Institute of Sports Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Ben Lindau, U.S. Men’s Para National Team player
Alex Morgan, USWNT / NWSL player
Kim Oberle, Former FIFA referee and current national referee coach
Scott Oliaro, UNC Associate Director of Sports Medicine
Jason Sacks, President, Positive Coaching Alliance
Amy Saltzman, MD, Abuse Educator and Founder of Spot a Spider
Tony Sanneh, Former USMNT / MLS player
Kwame Ofori Attah Sarkodie, DO, Former YNT captain, current Internal Medicine Hospitalist and Co-founder of soccer clinic
Shonna Schroedl, USASA Adult Council
Renee Towles, Sr. Director of Safeguarding, USL
Kate Ward, U.S. Deaf Soccer WNT player
Yael Averbuch West, Former USWNT player and current General Manager, NJ/NY Gotham FC
Corey Woolfolk, Former MLS player, Youth coach and HR executive