MLS’ recently-created series of youth leagues has unveiled a series of initiatives, including the introduction of an Equity Action Committee (EAC), aimed at combating racism and discrimination in youth soccer.
The league will also provide educational sessions and guided discussions in an effort to prevent discrimination at youth level.
“We are committed to creating lasting change in youth soccer and continuing to build a platform that does not tolerate racism or other discriminatory language or behavior in any context,” said Fred Lipka, MLS NEXT Technical Director.
“MLS NEXT will reach tens of thousands of young athletes during a critical time in their life and educating all participants on the value of diversity from the moment they enter our platform is a top priority as we continue to build the sport for a new North America.”
The EAC includes men and women across the youth game despite their nine members headlined by Toronto FC star, Justin Morrow.
In addition, the league is set to hold a series of anti-racism seminars with the aim of implementing inclusive principles throughout the youth game. MLS NEXT will ensure that these principles are not just limited to the boys game by working closely with Girls Academy.
As an admission criterion for MLS NEXT expansion clubs, diversity in club leadership has been added.