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Our Mission

The Ridgefield Park Association is committed to providing the best soccer experience for each and every soccer family, we feel we can only achieve this by sharing this responsibility with our parents .  This page is designed to provide support and education for our families.  Please take a moment to click on the links provided to learn how we can create a great atmosphere and provide the best for our kids ! 

Becoming an RPSA Coach Becoming an RPSA Coach

The process for becoming a coach is very easy. The first step is to become a member of RPSA , this can be accomplished by attending the monthly RPSA general meeting. Our meetings are held in the RP Civic Center 159 Park St Ridgefield Park, NJ every third Monday of the month at 7:30pm.  We welcome any parent who would like to learn more about our association and our programs, our association is made up of volunteers and volunteers off the field of play are welcome too !

Next steps to become a coach:
RPSA participates in the Northern Counties Soccer Association which is a member of US Club Soccer, the governing body for the majority of youth soccer programs in the United States.  The process for becoming a coach is outlined on the US Club Soccer website. US Club Soccer requires completion of the following Player Health and Safety Initiatives by all staff members registering with US Club Soccer.  These steps are in place for the safety and protection of all players. 
  1. Become “SafeSport Trained.” [Instructions in following section] – effective as of the 2018-19 registration year
    The U.S. Center for SafeSport online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations. There are three modules required to become “SafeSport Trained”: a) Mandatory Reporting: Understanding Your Responsibilities; b) Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education; and c) Emotional and Physical Misconduct.
  2. Complete Sideline Sports Doc (SSD) online course. []
    This training program includes a six-chapter online course, as well as downloadable .pdf/e-book and .mp3 products, designed to improve on-field triage of key injury situations. The course incorporates U.S. Soccer’s “Concussions in Soccer” video and other Recognize to Recover content. The chapters are: 1) The SAFE Method – initial evaluation of an on-field injury, 2) Ankle and foot injuries, 3) Concussion, 4) Fractures, 5) Heat illness, and 6) Knee injuries.
  3. Complete background screening. [US Club Soccer Background Screening Application]
    Beyond a variety of national sources, our level of screening generally includes a direct county/state of residence criminal record search for all counties in which an individual has lived within the past seven years, regardless of whether any “hits” appear on the national database searches.

The link to the US Soccer website staff registration page is here:

"I dont know soccer"
RPSA reimburses all member coaches for any expenses towards a completed coaching certifcation course.  We encourage all coaches to attend US Soccer's Grassroots Courses, these courses are available online and in person. We believe these classes provide the tools needed for a parent to be an effective coach and create the right atmosphere for our kids.  We are focused on developing players, not winning games ! 

Links to US Soccer Grassroots Courses can be found here:

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