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Oct, 2022

HPFC Statement on Abuse in Soccer

Recently United States Soccer Federation released a report on systemic levels of player abuse within women's professional soccer. We want to commend the many brave women who have come forward to share their experiences and shed light on a deplorable situation. They came forward despite risking themselves, their careers, and, in many cases, having to relive the trauma of earlier abuse. 

Like many who have read the news, HPFC is saddened and shocked to read this report's details. There is no place for this behavior or people who seek to dismiss, minimize, or even hide these evil acts. At HPFC, we know it is not enough to speak out against these situations and condemn those involved. 

If not part of the solution, we only work to perpetuate these injustices and unlawful acts. We plan to speak more about what, as a club, we are doing to root out all levels of abuse and harassment in youth soccer. 

For now, we want to assure all our families that we take player safety and development of your children with the utmost importance. From strict adherence to US SafeSport protocols to adherence to US Soccer Player Safety Initiatives to our recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training for our entire coaching staff, we have instituted various measures to ensure this kind of behavior never has a home in HPFC. We acknowledge that this requires tireless work and constant vigilance to create a respectful, inclusive, and physically and psychologically safe environment for every player in our club. More work is needed, and we are committed to making that happen.

Moving forward, we plan to stay engaged on this topic. We will continue to share with our families the measures and steps HPFC has taken to promote player safety. We will continue fostering an inclusive, respectful atmosphere and encourage positive growth.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Operations, James Conroy, or our Director of Coaching, Ozzy Erkut, with any specific concerns or observations.

-Highline Premier FC Board of Directors & Highline Premier FC Coaching Leadership

To read the “Yates Report”, click here: https://www.kslaw.com/attachments/000/009/931/original/King___Spalding_-_Full_Report_to_USSF.pdf?1664809048

To learn more about US SafeSport, click here: https://uscenterforsafesport.org/ 

To learn more about US Soccer Player Safety initiatives, click here: http://www.recognizetorecover.org/

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Highline Premier Football Club

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Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]

Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]
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