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There is no coach training planned at this time - if you need training, please be sure to register as a volunteer, choose the role you'd like to fill, and complete your background check and required certifications and training (see below) first. The system will alert us to your status and we will be in touch. If you need to contact us, please email us at [email protected] - thank you for volunteering! 

Steps to Volunteer as a Coach

Hello Coaches and Assistant Coaches,

THANK YOU for stepping up to be a part of your young players soccer experience this fall!!   AYSO is an ALL Volunteer organization with dedicated family members like you willing to jump in and make the magic happen for our kids.

Here are the next steps for all AYSO Head Coaches or Assistant Coaches:

Step 1 -- Volunteer

Become an AYSO Volunteer by going to; the same place you registered your child.  Login and under My Account, Select VOLUNTEER on the Left, then Find Volunteer Roles on the Top Right.  Choose Head Coach or Assistant Coach in your child’s division.  While you’re at it, consider volunteering to become a referee!  

Step 2 -- Background Check

Once you register to volunteer you’ll receive an email from AYSO asking you to submit to a background check through Sterling Volunteers.  Follow the link and instructions to submit this check.  This is paid for by AYSO (unless you volunteer to pay for the cost, which helps out the regional accounts, which means more money goes to equipment).

Step 3 -- Safe Haven Courses!  

Every AYSO Volunteer - from Head Coach to Team Parent - needs three certifications:

  • AYSO's Safe Haven

  • CDC HEADS UP Concussion Training  found at

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Online Course (Not Mandatory)

Go to and login with the same credentials you use in  Then click on My Courses.  Click on Online Courses and then Safe Haven and complete the three courses listed above.  These courses are directly for the safety of the children you’ll be working with and are mandatory.

Step 4 -- Age Appropriate Coach Training and Certification

If you are going to be a 6U, 8U, or 10U Head Coach or Assistant Coach, then you’ll need to take an age appropriate class online, followed by the age appropriate field session.  These courses, including the field sessions are mandatory for all Head Coaches and hughly recommended for all Assistant Coaches.

  • 6U and 8U coaches need only the online courses

  • 10U coaches need the online course and a field session that lasts about 90 minutes

  • 12U coaches need the online course and a combined classroom and field session that lasts about three hours

  • 14U coaches need the intermediate coach online session and a field session that lasts a full day (details on this will be communicated directly to 14U coaches by email)

Once you have completed the age appropriate online courses you can sign up for the field session which are listed on under Live Sessions in early August each year.  These sessions are scheduled during mid-to-late August during the 2-3 weeks leading up to the season kick-off and, most popularly, immediately following the Annual Coaches Meeting.

Step 5 -- Attend the Annual Coach Meeting

At this meeting - usually in mid-to-late August - we’ll review some important information you’ll need to be successful, and you’ll also receive your roster and uniform box so you can contact your team families and get the season started!  The date and location of this meeting will be announced soon.

Questions?  No problem, just let us know what you need.

Thanks for all you do for the kids,

Andy Gill

Regional Coach Administrator

[email protected]


Arc for 8U Goal Box

Dear coaches,

    It has come to my attention that there is some confusion regarding the “arc” / goal box at 8U. Here are the changes.
    Simply put, players may run through the arc. They cannot defend within the arc, nor can the attacking team score from within the arc. 
     If the ball stops within the arc a goal kick is awarded to the defending team. 
     If a goal is scored within the arc the goal is discounted and a goal kick is awarded to the defending team. 
     If a player is defending within the arc and prevents a goal from being scored then a penalty kick is awarded to the attacking team. This is taken from the bottom of the center circle with ALL players on the opposite half of the field. 
     All other laws apply. These changes are being implemented to prevent “goaltending” and to train the players to defend outside of the box. This also helps the attacking team to be aware of the net and to start looking up.

     Understand, we are looking for the “spirit “ of the law. If a player is trying to play within these changes allow some flexibility. They are 6 and 7 years old.

Good luck to you all,

Happy training,

Nathan Hardy
Regional Commissioner 
AYSO 232


Would you like to improve your game? Here are some timely ideas for you:

  1. Have players stretch muscles after some warm ups versus cold muscle stretches.
  2. Players running just to run can be made better by making the running soccer oriented.
  3. Soccer is logical – try to figure out steps to take to improve skills. Use Say Show Do, and Review = Tell the player ‘how’ to get better at a skill. Have another player that can do it demonstrate the skill (or you can demonstrate it), then have players practice the skill, then review their technique for further improvement.
  4. Try to avoid drills and games where many players stand in a line – have all players involved in every drill at all times when possible.
  5. Practice is for coaching. At games, cheer for your team and let the players experiment and play. Over-coaching at games stifles creativity, a key component in soccer. The game is the best teacher!

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