Coaching Requirements

Prior to coaching in a game or practice, there are a few quick requirements that have to be completed YEARLY to satisfy US Soccer Federation / US Youth Soccer / Tennessee State Soccer polices, and Federal and State Laws. These are required of all coaches whether recreational or competitive. *NOTE* – THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE BASED ON THE TSSA SOCCER SEASONAL YEAR AND RESET EVERY JULY

Items Needed
Background Check – Required
Concussion Training – Required
SafeSport Training – Required
Uploading Certificates – Required

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training – ***Recommended***

Details for completing each of these is listed below:

Background Check (Required)
ALL coaches and administrators are required to submit to yearly background checks. Gallatin Soccer Club does these through the Tennessee State Soccer Association. You can use the link below to go to the TSSA background check portal.
TSSA – Background Check

Concussion Training (Required)
To satisfy the concussion training requirement, choose ONE of the below approved courses – either is acceptable. Please make sure to SAVE your completion certificate at the end so that you may upload it into Affinity (same system used for background check). You will need to create an account, but the training is FREE.
NFHS – Concussion in Sports
CDC – Concussions in Youth Sports

SafeSport Training (Required)
SafeSport is a new initiative in player safety. As a member of the US Soccer Federation, this is a required training for all coaches and administrators. When registering if you use the same name and email as you used for your background check your certificate should import automatically BUT, please make sure to SAVE your completion certificate just in case.
Begin SafeSport Training
***NOTE*** – The SafeSport website has changed. If you have previously done the SafeSport training, your login should still exist but you WILL need to reset your password.

Uploading Certificates (Required)
You will need to upload your Concussion training certificate into Affinity so that they can be approved and kept on file. You *MAY* need to upload your SafeSport certificate as well if it did not import in automatically. We have created a simple WALKTHROUGH that contains screenshots to assist you.

Cardiac Arrest Training (Recommended)
Gallatin Soccer Club currently RECOMMENDS but does NOT REQUIRE Sudden Cardiac Arrest training for Recreational coaches. Board Members and Directors are expected to complete this training however.
NFHS – Sudden Cardiac Arrest