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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Massachusetts Youth Soccer, a nonprofit educational and service organization, is dedicated to the equitable and ongoing development of youth soccer players, coaches, referees, clubs and leagues in an inclusive, unbiased, safe, affordable and fun environment for all. 

WHAT IS  deib?







What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

In July 2020, US Soccer formed a DEI Council as part of an effort to foster a culture of acceptance, inclusion, and respect within the sport of soccer. Mass Youth Soccer embraces US Soccer’s operating definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion:

DIVERSITY:  the variety of personal experiences that forms ones values and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

EQUITYthe guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups. 

INCLUSION: the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued. An inclusive climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions so that all people can fully participate and actively contribute.


DEIB at Mass Youth Soccer

 Our committee is in the process of developing both short term and long term goals. We are committed to developing a work plan that is has been thoughtfully prepared and contains goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. 

Beyond this workplan and goals, Mass Youth Soccer has a number of existing programs committed to DEIB: 

Ways to Get Involved

Sign the DEIB Covenant

Confirm your philosophical commitment to this work and commit to taking action to make our sport diverse, equitable and inclusive.  Click here to access the form for electronic signature. 

Join us at a virtual lunch & learn

Quarterly? Some time other than lunch?

Check out these trainings

Rob's adidas trainings

check resource list

You Can Play?


Meet the Committee

  • Kayla McClellan (Committee Chair, staff)
  • Caryn Goulet (board)
  • Tara Petricca (staff)
  • Tamie Endow (staff)
  • Sean Ndebele (board)
  • Dana Santilli (board)