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Coaching in AYSO

AYSO has developed different programs to help coaches learn how to teach soccer to children at the different ages. The basic understanding of the AYSO program is taught through the following mandatory courses. There are four (4) main requirements - coaching skills, referee basics, safetyand a volunteer form, which vary at the different age levels.

  • Everyone, regardless of division, must submit a Volunteer application.
  • To protect our volunteers and our children, Safe Haven is a mandatory requirement for all Region 88 AYSO coaches,
    assistant coaches, and referees. You must take the Safe Haven course before you can coach or referee this coming fall.
  • If you cannot attend the Region 88 courses, see the AYSOU site for additional courses.
  • Besides the AYSO program, there are many different other opportunities for coaches to learn as much as they want
    about teaching soccer (see practice sessions for ideas and some good links, or just surf through the internet).
Please direct any questions to our Coach Administrator Iain Blackwood at [email protected].

Positive Coaching

A coach can be the most influential person in a child’s life.

In AYSO, Positive Coaching is a fundamental philosophy because of the crucial role that a coach has. Coaching in AYSO is a chance to spend quality time with your own child but you’ll also provide an important role model for all the children on your team. In fact, the joy of coaching is so meaningful, that many AYSO coaches continue coaching long after their own children have moved on from AYSO. Soccer knowledge is a plus, but AYSO provides training and materials so that even a soccer novice can coach effectively by starting in the younger age divisions.

Being a coach involves skills you probably already have in addition to specific soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, try being an assistant coach. Our region's Coach Administrator will be happy to try to match you up with somebody with a little more experience.

Benefits of Coaching or Assisting

As a head coach, not only are you allowing more children to play, you also get to:
  • Choose the day and location of practice
  • Choose the uniform color/style
  • Choose your assistant coach (who may be the parent/guardian of your child's best friend) (only available in 10U division and younger)
  • Choose the (final) name of the team
  • Coach more than one team and your games will be scheduled so there are no conflicts
No experience is necessary and all training is provided. Learn what others find to be such a rewarding experience.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer Application and Background Check (online)
Every volunteer (coach, referee, team coordinator, etc.) must submit a Volunteer Application and a Background Check (every 12 months).  Click here for instructions: 
How to Submit a Volunteer Application and Background Check

AYSO's Safe Haven [2 hours / classroom]
This free course is required for all AYSO Volunteers and must be completed before any interaction with players and/or parents. We will reach out to all volunteers with clinic date/time and location. Click here for more information: AYSO Safe Haven for Parents

CDC HEADS UP Concussion training [30 minutes / online]
This free online course is required for all volunteers that interact with our players on the field such as Coaches & Referees and recommended for all other volunteers. Click here for more information:  AYSO Volunteer Resources - Concussion Safety or Coach Concussion Action Plan

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) [15 minutes / online]
This is a course (added in 2021) is required by the State of California for all AYSO Coaches & Referees. This course is available in AYSOU. AYSO Volunteer Resources - SCA

Coaching Training Requirements

The following is required to be a 5U or 6U coach or assistant coach*:

  • 6U Coaching Training (online) and field training (classroom) [4 hours]

Please note that all Region 88 head coaches and assistant coaches in the 7U/8U and older divisions must complete a Referee certification as listed below:

The following is required to be a 7U or 8U coach or assistant coach:

  • 8U Coaching training (online) and field training (classroom) [4 hours]
  • 8U Official Course (online) and field training (classroom) [4 hours] 

The following is required to be a 10U coach or assistant coach: 

  • 10U Coaching Training (online) and field training (classroom) [4 hours]
  • Regional Referee clinic (online) and field training (classroom) [8 hours]

The following is required to be a 12U coach or assistant coach:

  • 12U Coaching Training (online) and field training (classroom) [6 hours]
  • Regional Referee clinic (online) and field training (classroom) [8 hours]
For coaching requirements for 14U and above, please reach out to our Coach Administrator Iain Blackwood at [email protected] 
*U4 coaches are recommended to complete this training

Important Safety Policies

Upcoming Clinics

See Calendar of Events for more information. They are free of charge and open to everyone.

Please apply as a volunteer if you have not already and email [email protected] if you are interested in attending any of these and instructions will be sent to you.

Important Resources

Please email your Division Coordinator with any questions.

Contact Us

We are here to help, but please consider we are all volunteers and do our best to answer in a timely manner.

Player registration & cancellations: Registrar at [email protected]

Volunteer forms & general volunteer questions:
CVPA at [email protected]

Referee classes & general referee questions:
Referee Administrator at [email protected]

Coaching classes & general coaching questions:
Coach Administrator at [email protected]

Regional Commissioner:
[email protected]

All other questions: Please email [email protected] and your question will be directed to the appropriate staff member. 

How To's for Volunteers

Click here for a demonstration on performing one of the following tasks:

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AYSO Region 88

2515 Canada Blvd 
Glendale, California 91208

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 818-548-5099
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