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AYSO Region 88 Glendale

Volunteering in AYSO

AYSO is a volunteer-run organization. Coaches, referees and administrators are all volunteers. Thousands of parents, neighbors, relatives and friends lend their time and talents for the benefit of every player and AYSO’s volunteer foundation ensures that it’s all about what’s good for kids (and keeps our programs very affordable).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an AYSO volunteer?
A coach, a referee, a team parent, a field coordinator - many people, all contributing their time and efforts to make AYSO a great program for our soccer-playing kids.

Why does AYSO need volunteers?
AYSO needs volunteers because people power runs AYSO. Volunteers strengthen AYSO by giving their time and energy, their ideas and ideals. Volunteers make AYSO happen. We need head coaches to volunteer to make more teams. 

Who can be an AYSO volunteer?
Almost anyone can volunteer. Moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents, even friends. We need women and men, young, middle-aged and "young at heart" folks. AYSO wants volunteers who want to help make our soccer program a fun experience for kids. Everyone plays in AYSO, and everyone has something special to contribute to the program. No experience is required.
  • They contribute a special skill or ability.
  • They contribute their time.
  • They contribute their energy.
  • They contribute themselves. 
What do AYSO volunteers do?
They do what is needed to make the program work.
  • They coach teams
  • They referee games
  • They help with team meetings
  • They make decisions
  • They make a difference
How do AYSO volunteers help themselves?
AYSO volunteers gain satisfaction and growth from their experiences. They make new friends, learn new skills, and enrich their lives.


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

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

5U-10U Coaching 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

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.

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.

Learn more about volunteering

It's easy. Talk to your child's coach, email our Regional Commissioner or any of our Region's board members. They will be most helpful, and happy, to find the right job for you.

Benefits of Coaching

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.

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AYSO Region 88

2515 Canada Blvd 
Glendale, California 91208

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 818-208-1947
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