(NEW POLICY) Policy 241-1 – Recognition of Disciplinary Actions

Section 1. (a) Section 4 of Bylaw 241 of the United States Soccer Federation provides for the recognition of suspensions and other disciplinary actions imposed on persons by the Federation and Members of the Federation if certain requirements are satisfied. This policy prescribes procedures regarding those requirements for recognition, including notification to Members about those persons.
(b) In this policy—
(1) “Federationâ€￾ means the United States Soccer Federation.
(2) “disciplinary actionâ€￾ means a suspension or any other disciplinary action.

Section 2. A disciplinary action imposed by the Federation shall be recognized by all
Members of the Federation on notification by the Federation as provided by section 4 of this
policy.

Section 3. (a) A disciplinary action imposed by a Member of the Federation shall be
recognized by the Federation and all Members of the Federation on compliance with the
following requirements:
(1) The Member must file with the Federation (A) a separate request for each
recognition for disciplinary action taken, (B) a written decision imposing the disciplinary
action and the specific disciplinary action imposed, and (C) identifying information about
the person against whom the disciplinary action was taken (including name, last known
address, phone number, and email address if any).
(2) The Member must provide to the Federation written information (that may be
included in the decision imposing the disciplinary action) that the person on whom the
disciplinary action was imposed received a hearing (or declined a hearing) and procedural
rights substantially similar to those requirements in Federation Bylaw 701.
(b) The Federation shall review the materials submitted as provided under subsection (a)
of this section to determine if the person against whom the disciplinary action was taken received
hearing and procedural rights substantially similar to the requirements of Federation Bylaw 701.
If the person against the disciplinary action was imposed could have appealed the disciplinary
action imposed under Federation Bylaw 705, and the time for appealing the decision has expired
or the decision was appealed and affirmed on appeal, the Federation shall hold that it has
determined that the person did receive those hearing and procedural rights.
(c) If the Federation determines under subsection (b) of this section that a person has
received hearing and procedural rights, the disciplinary action shall be recognized by the
Federation and all Members of the Federation on notification by the Federation as provided by
section 4 of this policy.

Section 4. The Federation shall distribute at least once each month to every Member of
the Federation a disciplinary action report that is a list of all persons against whom disciplinary
actions have been imposed that are recognized. The Federation and each Member of the
Federation are required to recognize those disciplinary actions. The list shall include sufficient
identifying information about each of the persons on the list.