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Becoming a Head Coach

1. Volunteer Form on file - must be current for season applying to coach
2. Safe Haven 
3. CDC Concussion Training
4. Level-II Background Check

**To complete the CDC Concussion & Safe Haven online training courses, please click on "AYSOU Training" in the links section on the right**

Remember, age-appropriate coach training, and Safe Haven Certification is REQUIRED to coach AYSO soccer. AYSO has a goal of 100% coach certification. Every coach or assistant coach must have the Safe Haven qualification and is strongly encouraged to attend the appropriate age-specific training. Even if you are an experienced soccer player, you must attend the coach training to be covered by the Volunteer Protection Act. The Safe Haven and Age-specific coach training courses need only be taken once, although anyone is welcome to re-attend to refresh their knowledge.

Most of the time at the age-specific training will be spent on the soccer field. Participants need not have had any previous soccer experience or coaching experience, but should be prepared to learn by doing. Participants should wear sports clothing (shorts rather than jeans are highly recommended) and bring athletic shoes or soccer shoes, shin guards, water, sun screen, a soccer ball and note-taking materials.

Coaches FAQ

  •  Why should I coach in AYSO?

    It's a chance to spend quality time with your child and it's fun. It's a great break from work. It makes you feel good. It's a great way to give back to the community.

    The rewards come in the form of helping kids have fun at a game or practice, and contributing to their individual skills and teamwork. There is also a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the end of a season, look back and see how far the team has come.

  • I don't know anything about soccer. Can I still help coach?

    Yes! AYSO provides training and materials. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have in addition to specific soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, try being an assistant coach. Your Region's Coach Administrator will be happy to try to match you up with somebody with a little more experience. 

  • What is the time commitment of being an AYSO coach? Assistant coach?

    Coaches run on average one weekday practice and a game on Saturday. Coaching in AYSO is all about teaching and encouraging kids, and having a lot of fun. Parents will help with the team's organization tasks. 

  • How do I become a coach?

    You sign up to coach at registration when you register your kids to play.

    If you have a child that is already on a team that has a coach, just let the coach know that you are interested in coaching and would like to help. Most of our coaches will be delighted to utilize you. Then you just register in the system as an assistant coach.

  • What training is provided for coaches?

    There are two parts to coach training. One is an online course which covers team management, safety, volunteer protection and AYSO's principles. This course is known as Safe Haven. There is also age-specific training which covers soccer techniques, strategies and teaching ideas appropriate to the age group. These clinics are held online and on weekends, and vary from a half day to two days. You must attend coach training to be covered by the Volunteer Protection Act. 

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AYSO CORE Fall 2023-Spring 2024

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