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Certification and Training

A coach can be the most influential person in a child’s life. In AYSO, Positive Coaching (one of AYSO Six Tenets) 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 and you’ll also serve as 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 age appropriate 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. The Regional Coach Administrator or Division Coordinator will be happy to match you up with a coach that has a little more experience.

All coaches must be AYSO registered volunteers, take Safe haven (online), Concussion Awareness (online) and be age appropriately certified. To register as a volunteer you must complete the online volunteer application on this website. Once you are registered you can sign up for a training class through the www.AYSOU.org web site.

The difference you can make in the life of a child is immeasurable and incredibly rewarding. Sign up to coach today.

Coach Certification

 DivisionRecreational PlayEXTRA Play Teams
5U-6U Safe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion, 6U Coach n/a
8U Safe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion, 8U Coach n/a
10U Safe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion, 10U CoachSafe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion, 10U Coach, 12U Coach and Regional Referee
U11 n/aSafe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion 12U Coach, Intermediate Coach and Regional Referee
U12 Safe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion 12U CoachSafe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion 12U Coach, Intermediate Coach and Regional Referee
13U-14U Safe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion Intermediate Coach Safe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion Advanced Coach and Regional Referee
16U-19U Safe Haven (Online) CDC Concussion Advanced Coach n/a


*Certification requirements apply to both Head Coach and Assistant Coach

 CertificationPrerequisites
 Safe Haven & Concussion Awareness (online) Nothing
 6U Coach Nothing
 8U Coach Nothing
 10U Coach Nothing
 12U Coach Nothing
 Intermediate Coach 12U Coach
 Advanced Coach Intermediate
 National Coach Advanced Coach









Region 41 Coaching Training Dates:

  • U6 Saturday, August 26th
  • U8 Saturday, August 26th
  • U10 Saturday, August 26th
  • U12 Saturday, August 26th

Training will be held at the Norman P Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo. To Pre-register for any of the above courses, please click the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdPLPQBKQv1v1aJ7Q-WPAutWDNcx1sKX2o_4tk0B62SXM3kw/viewform?c=0&w=1&includes_info_params=true. 

Other classess are available on your www.AYSOU.org account.

All coaches must be AYSO registered volunteers, safe haven (Online), concussion awareness (online) and age appropriately certified. To register as a volunteer you must complete the registration application on this website (www.ayso41.org). Once you are registered you may sign up for a training class through www.AYSOU.org.

Registration:

Pre-registration is not required unless specified. However, classes with low enrollment may be cancelled at the class start time or a couple of days before hand. Unless otherwise noted, please sign up for the class in advance through www.AYSOU.org.  To register for a class, you must be a registered volunteer and have your AYSO ID number. Your AYSO ID is displayed in Blue Sombrero and AYSOU once you have logged in.

Location:

It is normally advantageous to attend a course offered in your own region, as the class will be closer, you will have more opportunity to meet coaches in your city and you will receive region-specific information about policies and practices. You may attend any AYSO course offered at any location to receive coach training and certification.

Cost:

Many classes have a fee associated with them. For AYSO classes within Region 41, these fees are applicable only for those volunteers from outside Area 11L. If you are a volunteer from outside Area 11L, please bring a check (no cash please) made out to “Region 41”. Area 11L volunteers do not need to bring a check for any training offered within the area. Area 11L volunteers are those from one of the regions listed on the Area 11L Regions page.

Be aware that to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act you must be certified and trained by attending at least two classes: (1) Safe Haven Certification and (2) Age specific training. For example, if you coach in the 8U divisions you must attend a 8U course; a 12U certification will only cover those coaching in the 12U division. Also note that an intermediate or advanced certificate does not confer all lower age-specific certifications. Therefore, a coach who holds a 12U and an intermediate certificate and wishes to coach 10U must then earn a 10U certificate. Most regions adhere to this as minimum coaching requirements.

Safe Haven Certification

All AYSO Coaches must complete the Safe Haven (Online) certification. This ensures that the well-being of the child is placed first, the philosophies of AYSO are understood and teaches the coaches risk management to avoid putting themselves in positions hazardous to themselves and the children. It is also part of the requirements to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act.

Age-Specific Training – 6U, 8U, 10U & 12U Coach Certifications

These four coaching courses focus on working with the player in these age divisions to create a fun learning environment. Coaches in 6U, 8U, 10U & 12U must have the age specific coach certification for the age they are coaching. There are no substitutes nor will higher level courses satisfy the requirement. These courses have no pre-requisite and may be taken individually or in any order.

Intermediate, Advanced and National Coach Certifications

These upper level courses build upon each other, thus a coach with the Advanced Coach certification may also coach teams needing only the Intermediate Coach certification. However, these do not confer the age-specific certification needed to coach 6U-12U. A coach who holds an Intermediate Coach or above certification and wishes to coach in 10U, must also hold a 10U Coach certification. 14U coaches must have at least the Intermediate Coach certification. 16U and 19U coaches must have the Advanced Coach certification. The National Coach certification is for coaches who desire to further advance their skills and offer a greater level of support to their region.

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Laguna Niguel, California 92677

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