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Becoming a Coach

Why Coach?

AYSO runs on the power of our volunteers and with over 100,000 parents, neighbors, relatives and friends lending their time and talents, each child gets a terrific AYSO experience. Help make a difference in the lives of the kids in your community today!

Coaches are essential to the game. They teach children soccer skills and help develop a healthy, positive attitude, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Coaching children is a rewarding experience - especially in AYSO where our program is build around the philosophies of Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development! Coaches build a child's self-esteem, help them learn new skills and have a lot of fun!
Do you have little or no experience with soccer? No problem! AYSO will train you based on the age level you are coaching. Unique age-appropriate coach training is one of AYSO's specialties. If you plan to be at your child's soccer practices and games, you have time to be your child's coach.

Become a New Coach! 

1. Register as a volunteer at You will then receive an email from a third-party vendor asking you to complete a background check. Please follow the directions in that email.

2. Use the same username and password that you used for to log in to Complete the free online Safe Haven course and CDC Concussion course.

3. For 8U coaches: complete the free online 8U Coach course or attend an in-person 8U Coach course. For 10U coaches and above: attend an in-person coach course for the age division you are coaching.

4. Email [email protected] once these steps are complete. We will then provide you with a coach polo shirt, coach bag, and equipment, and answer any questions you have before you get started.

Returning Coaches

  • Re-register each season as a volunteer at
  • Retake Safe Haven training and CDC Concussion training (online at only if it has been more than 3 years since you took it.
  • You do NOT need to retake coach training courses - these are valid forever.
  • Consider upgrading! 8U Coach ---> 10U Coach ---> 12U Coach ---> Intermediate Coach ---> Advanced Coach ---> National Coach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get training to be a coach?

Yes! AYSO provides all training, equipment and support you need. AYSO has developed special training to help volunteers who may have little or no soccer experience quickly gain the age-appropriate knowledge and skills they need to become outstanding coaches.
What if I've never played or refereed soccer before?
Most new AYSO volunteers have not played or refereed before. We provide everything you need to get started coaching!
What if I'm unable to make it to a practice or game?
Most teams have both a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach, so they work together to cover practices and games. With enough advanced notice, other volunteers can cover for you if you have to travel or miss a session.
How are teams and schedules determined?
The division coordinator assigns coaches and kids to teams based on prior season ratings and taking into consideration special requests such as schedule, coach or teammate requests. If you are coaching your child's division level, we automatically place your child on your team and you will be able to choose your own team's practice schedule.

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AYSO Region 1631

AYSO Region 1631, PO Box 486
San Jose, California 95103

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 669-247-7199
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