West Michigan

Youth Soccer Assoc.

Who needs Risk Management?

Any coach, assistant coach, team trainer, team manager, board members, contract labor employee, or any other individual over the age of 18 seeking affiliation with MSYSA or MSYSA affiliated leagues who has direct or indirect contact or influence on a youth player.

Where do you apply?

Risk Management approval or "Background Checks" are maintained through your individual Coach/Manager account. Do NOT create a general GotSoccer user account, this will not have MSYSA's background check information. Your account must be created by your club. Please contact your club if you don't have an account.

How do you apply?


Login to your Individual Coach/Manager GotSoccer account


In the grey bar, click on Background Checks


Click on “Submit New Report” if this is your first time completing a background check through GotSoccer.


WMYSA no longer supplies a voucher. Please contact your club registrar/administrator/DOC for your club's policy & procedure.  The background check cost cannot be submitted for reimbursement.


There will be a series of questions including your social security number which must be completed.


After submitting the Background Check, it may take up to three business days to process. The account will show as Pending while in process.


Once your background check is approved, your account will show as Risk Management approval.

International Applicants: 

Applicants who do not have a US Social Security Number (SSN) will not be able to apply online. Such applicants should contact the MSYSA State Office for a paper application and inquire about the fee. Processing fees vary depending on the country of origin. Canadian background checks require a $27.75 fee per application. International Background checks can take a week or more to process. Paper application to send for processing.


The MSYSA Risk Management system will only certify adults who are 18+ years old. If you are not at least 18 years of age on the day you apply, your application will not be processed and the $7.50 application fee will not be refunded.

How often do I need to complete a background check?

The Risk Management approval from a background check is only valid for one year.  If you let your approval lapse, you will be removed from all teams you are associated.  WMYSA recommends all coaches to complete the annual background check in late June/early July to make sure your Risk Management Approval continues as valid during the entire year of games.