“Major League Soccer is committed to creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable soccer experience for all guests in and around our MLS venues. They are strong advocates of an “Educate – Mitigate – Respond” model. This model emphasizes fan education and effective messaging, as well as deliberate mitigation strategies to minimize misconduct and protect the guest experience. The ongoing partnership with TEAM is a natural fit promoting responsibility and effective alcohol management. ”
— Jeff Stonebreaker
VP Security and Safety
Jeff’s Mission Moment with TEAM
Jeff has been involved with security and risk management for 35 years, the last 20 of which has involved an increasing focus on soccer both international and domestic. He is a proponent of a risk based, intelligence led approach and works closely with clubs and venues to reduce fan misconduct and improve guest experience. Jeff previously comes from a career in Policing, as well as advisory work with US Soccer, and the England FA.
A mission moment for Jeff is that TEAM provides training that increases awareness and preparedness in our venues across a variety of stakeholders. The platform protects the guests and the business model and ensures people can have a great time and get home safe.
Serving on TEAM Coalition’s Board of Directors
Jeff chose to serve on TEAM Coalition’s Board of Directors in 2020 as the Secretary and Co-Chair of the Governance & Finance Committee. It was an opportunity to support TEAM and in turn, leverage that awareness and relationship at the League level to improve both guest safety and their match day experience. “As we recover through the pandemic it is vital that our fans feel comfortable and a sense of normalcy when they return. TEAM’s consistent and collaborative approach will continue to be an integral part of how we create a safe, comfortable and enjoyable soccer experience for all.”
US DOT / NHTSA 2019 NATIONAL DATA:
- In 2019, 10,142 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, a decrease of 5.3% from the 10,710 fatalities in 2018.
- Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
- Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash, drive when impaired by alcohol and fail to buckle up.