That’s the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry.
— Pep Guardiola, Barcelona and Spain

Field/Outdoor Safety

Goalpost Safety

Lightning Safety Outdoors 

Head/Concussion Information

US Soccer Recognize to Recover

Concussion Fact Sheet for Athletes

Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents

Concussion Fact Sheet for Coaches

US Soccer: Rules on Substitutions and Heading

US Soccer: Player safety Campaign FAQs

Hey Doc, When Can I Return to Play? 

Heads Up! US Youth Soccer and CDC Team Up to Help Athletes Stay Safe from Concussion 

Concussion Resources from CDC 

Q&A | Head Injuries with Doug Andreassen, Washington president

Heat/Water Information

Take the time to learn and you won’t burn

Hydration and Heat Illness Guidelines from USSF



The Spectators First Aid Kit 

Common Injury Terms 

Travel Tips

Nutrition information

Soccer Players — Eat Right: Menu Ideas

Healthy Fuel for Healthy Athletes

Nutrition Tips: What to Eat Before a Game

US Youth Soccer unites with leading out-of-school-time organizations to combat childhood obesity 

Eat Right

Eat Right: Sports and Performance

Eat Right: Training and Recovery

Eat Right: Fueling Your Workout

Sports Injuries

You've Been Injured - Now What? 

Ice or Heat? 

RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) 

A Report on Knee Injuries 

Care and Prevention of Ankle Sprains 

Coach, My Ankle Hurts! 

Common Sports Injury - Muscle Soreness 

ACL Injury and the Female Soccer Player 

All there is to know about blisters


Sports Training - How Much is Too Much?

Benefits of Stretching 

The Hamstring Epidemic - Pre-Game Preparation and Injury Prevention 

Fifa 11+ Injury Prevention Warm-ups

Combating an injury epidemic and more on FIFA 11+ with Dr. Bert Mandelbaum 


Hotel Safety

Traveling with your soccer team is fun and exciting, but it’s important to make safety a priority. No matter where you are traveling, or where you are staying, be sure to keep the following tips in mind. We hope you have a fun and winning season!

  • Plan ahead. Ensure team leads have a rooming list and all team members are clear on curfews, rules, codes of conduct and contact information for coaches and chaperones.

  • Use the buddy system – no individual team member should leave their room or the hotel without a buddy (preferably an adult) and without notifying their coach/chaperone.

  • Team members should never answer the door without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and confirm that someone from the staff has a valid reason to access to your room. If at all possible only an adult should answer the door.

  • Keep personal information, including room numbers, secure at all times. Room information should not be shared where it can be overheard by other guests.

  • If possible, leave room key access with chaperones and coaches. Keys should be kept with guests at all times and not be needlessly displayed in public. Should a key be misplaced, notify the front desk immediately.

  • Close and lock room doors at all times. Do not prop doors as this leaves room access for ALL hotel guests. Close and lock all doors and windows whenever you exit the room.

  • Team members should not draw attention to themselves by displaying money, expensive phones, or electronics. When leaving valuables in the room, use the room safe or ask about the hotel’s safe deposit box.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings. In the evening, stay in well-lighted areas and when coming and going from the hotel, use the main entrance.

  • Have an emergency plan. Ensure all team members are familiar with the nearest exit and have a designated meeting place for everyone to congregate. Roll call should be taken as soon as possible.

  • If you see any suspicious activity or persons, notify the hotel operator or a staff member immediately.