Become a Coach

Region 76 has always encouraged coaches, whether head coaches or assistant coaches, to attend clinics to improve their skills as coaches. Our goal is for every coach to have received training appropriate to the division in which they coach and also certain universal training applicable to all coaches. The training requirements are mandatory, as is compliance with AYSO's Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness program. These requirements apply to both head and assistant coaches.

Our region is implementing the cerfication requirements below for all coaches and assistant coaches. Division directors may request waivers from the Regional Coach Administrator but our intention is not to grant them except in rare or unusual circumstances.

Age appropriate coach certification

All coaches must be certified in the age division they will be coaching. A higher age division coach certification will not allow you to coach a lower age division. This is achieved by taking a Coach Course. You may enroll in a coach course by following the directions below.

  • Frequency: Once per Age Division
  • 6U-12U Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Youth Trainers must take the appropriate 6U Coach Course to 12U Coach Course.
  • 14U Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Youth Trainers must take the Intermediate Coach Course.
    • Perequisite: 12U Coach Certified
  • 16U-19U Coaches and Assistant Coaches must take the Advanced Coach Course.
    • Prerequisite: Intermediate Coach Certified
  • In the case of EXTRA Coaches and Assistant Coaches, it is recommended that they be certified one level above the age appropriate certification level. For instance, if you are coaching a 12U Extra team, the Coach and Assistant Coach is recommended to be certified at the Intermediate Coach Level.

All coach volunteers must complete the following steps,
in the order which they are listed:

You should first log into your profile on InLeague and click on "Player and Volunteer Registration". Click on the "Review" button next to your name and update your volunteer preferences.

  1. Volunteer Registration Begins On Our Own Region 76 Registration Site
    1. Log in to InLeague ( and navigate to the "Player and Volunteer Registration" page.
    2. Look at the "MY2019 AYSO Membership" column. Your status will either be "Pending", "Complete", or "Incomplete".

    3. If your status is "Pending" or "Complete", skip to step 8 below. If your status says "Not Required", then you have not indicated your interest in volunteering for the current season. If that is the case, please click on "Review" and be sure your volunteer preferences are entered correctly.
    4. If your status is "Incomplete", click the red "CLICK TO RESUME" button. You’ll need to check that the name displayed is your legal name. If not, stop here and email to correct your name. Then add your date of birth. If you go by a name other than your legal name, you can use the "Display Name/Nickname" field to enter that name.

    5. Confirm your contact information, and select your volunteer role(s), or review your selections if already shown.
    6. Click the Green "UPDATE FALL 20XX VOLUNTEER PREFERENCES" button.
    7. You will then be asked for the last four digits of your Social Security number.
    8. Please accept and e-sign the consent and release form.
    9. Check that you agree to use an electronic signature. Choose the option that You are an adult. Type your name into the top yellow area. Click the Yellow button on the bottom to “Continue to review”.
    10. Review the information. If all information is correct, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the Yellow "Submit" button.

    11. Before moving on, make sure your name (must use your legal name), address, date of birth, and last 4 of the Social Security number are all correct. If your address is incorrect, you can make the correction yourself. If name, DOB, or SSN are incorrect, contact before proceeding further with the registration process.
    12. IMPORTANT: Do not wait for a completed background check to do your coach certifications. While waiting for the background check to be completed, please proceed to Step B below to register for your Coach Certification and Safety training.
  2. Register for the live coaching course you will be attending:
    1. Go to and log in to your profile you created using the same credentials as you did at InLeague.

    2. Click on "In-Person Courses"
    3. Click on the "Open" button next to "Coach Instructor Led Courses".
    4. Click on the "Sessions" button next to the division certification for which you are applying.
    5. Scroll through the list until you find the particular live class you would like to take.
    6. Click on the name of the course for the time, location, instructions, and what to bring.
    7. Click on the "Register" button next to the course.
  3. Complete the Safe Haven Course (online):
    1. Go to and log in to your profile you created using the same credentials as you did at InLeague.
    2. Click on "Online Courses"
    3. Open and complete the "AYSO's Safe Haven" course.

  4. Complete the CDC Concussion Awareness Course (online):
    1. Go to and log in to your profile you created using the same credentials as you did at InLeague.
    2. Click on "Online Courses"
    3. Open and complete the "CDC: Concussion Course".
  5. Complete the Coach Training Course (online):
    1. Go to and log in to your profile.
    2. Click on "Online Courses".
    3. Click on "Open" next to the division certification for which you have applied in the previous step.
    4. Click on "Launch" next to each of the course components to take the course components, in order, until you have completed the entire course and have received your completion certificate.
  6. Attend and complete the Live Training Session you signed up for.
  7. The Background Check
    1. You will receive an invitation from Sterling Volunteers, the company chosen by AYSO to perform background checks.
    2. You will need to create an account on the Sterling Volunteers website, separate from your AYSO account.

    3. Once the account is set up, you’ll spend a couple of minutes entering the information required to launch the background check. You’ll notice a $25 fee for the background check. Region 76 pays this fee for approved volunteers, but if you’d like to help defray our costs, you may pay this fee by credit card.
    4. You’re finished registering when you get to the "Congrats!" screen. You’ll be notified by Sterling when the background check is complete. Results will be sent to AYSO.