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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, safety and 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).
  • Also, for beginning coaches, read up on some of the coaching corner articles on the Coaches page. These articles will give you some quick insights as you start your season.
Please direct any questions to our Coach Administrator Iain Blackwood at [email protected].

5U Coaching requirements

Coaching soccer to a 4-year old may sound scary to you, but it’s really a lot of fun. For this age, you don’t need to be an elite soccer coach, all you need to do is help teach them some of the basics, let them play the game and have a good time. On each Saturday, you will be guided by an Advanced Coach during the “Play-Time.” Our clinics will also help you with all this, and we urge you to look through some of the practice sessions for U-6 on the Coaching Page. You will get some great, helpful & fun ideas!

In order to coach an Under 5 team, you need to meet the following training requirements below:

  • Coaching & Referee Requirement: Complete an AYSO Under 5/6 coaching clinic before the first team practice
  • Safe Haven Requirement / Volunteer Application / Concussion Awareness Training

6U Coaching Requirements

For this age all you need to do is teach them some of the basics, let them play the game, and have a good time. You want them to get as many touches on the ball as possible (with their feet of course) and keep their little attention spans busy. Our clinics will help you with all this, and we urge you to look through our list of 6U games and other practice sessions for 6U  on the Coaches page. You will get some great, helpful & fun ideas!

In order to coach an Under 6 team, you need to meet the following training requirements below.
  • Coaching Requirement & Referee Requirement: Complete an AYSO Under 6 coaching clinic before the first team practice.
  • Safe Haven Requirement / Volunteer Application / Concussion Awareness Training (see top right)

7U Coaching Requirements

In order to be a coach (OR an assistant coach) for a 7U team, you must meet the following training/certification requirements.

  • Coaching Requirement: Complete an AYSO 8U coaching clinic before the first team practice or have previously completed a 4-hour AYSO Under 8 (or higher level) coaching clinic*
  • Referee Requirement: Complete either a 3 1/2-hour Under 6/Under 8 (“mini”) referee clinic, or a 9-hour Regional referee clinic** before the first game of the season or you are already an AYSO certified Regional (or higher) referee.
  • Safe Haven Requirement / Volunteer Application / Concussion Awareness Training (see top right)

8U Coaching Requirements

In order to be a coach (OR an assistant coach) for an Under-8 team, you must meet the following training/certification requirements.

  • Coaching Requirement: Complete an AYSO Under 8 coaching clinic before the first team practice or have previously completed a 4-hour AYSO Under 8 (or higher level) coaching clinic*
  • Referee Requirement: Complete either a 3 1/2-hour Under 6/Under 8 (“mini”) referee clinic, or a 9-hour Regional referee clinic** before the first game of the season or you are already an AYSO certified Regional (or higher) referee.
  • Safe Haven Requirement / Volunteer Application / Concussion Awareness Training (see top right)

10U Coaching Requirements

In order to be a coach (OR an assistant coach) for an Under 10 team, you must meet the following training/certification requirements.

  • Coaching Requirement: Complete an AYSO Under 10 coaching clinic before the first team practice; or have previously completed a 4-hour AYSO Under 10 (or higher level) coaching clinic*
  • Referee Requirement: Complete a 9-hour Regional referee clinic** before the first game of the season; or you are already an AYSO certified Regional (or higher) referee.
  • Safe Haven Requirement / Volunteer Application / Concussion Awareness Training (see top right)

12U Coaching Requirements

In order to be a coach (OR an assistant coach) for an Under-12 team, you must meet the following 4 training/certification requirements:

  • Coaching Requirement: You have already completed the AYSO Under 12 (or higher level) coaching course; or if you have previously completed the AYSO Under 10 or Youth coaching course, then you must complete an AYSO Under 12 coaching course before the first team practice.
  • Referee Requirement: Complete a 9-hour Regional referee clinic before the first game of the season; or if you are already an AYSO certified Regional (or higher) referee, attend a 1-2 hour update course, if offered. **
  • Safe Haven Requirement / Volunteer Application / Concussion Awareness Training (see top right)

Requirements for all Coaches

Volunteer Application: Please complete the Volunteer application before the first team practice.

Safe Haven: Complete (or completed in a previous year) the 3-hour AYSO Coach Safe Haven course before the first team practice.

Concussion Awareness Training: You will need to complete the Concussion Awareness Training offered through AYSOU.

All Head Coaches must be at least 18 years of age. Some divisions required additional certifications.

* If you previously completed the AYSO Youth coaching clinic, that will satisfy this requirement.
** Completing the Regional referee clinic will satisfy the referee training requirements for coaching through the Under-14 level.
*** You are welcome to also go to the 12U course as an additional course.

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