Coach Certification

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
  • EXTRA Coaches and Assistant Coaches must 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 must 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. Submit Volunteer Application at InLeague (ayso76.net) and Sterling Volunteers:
    1. Check your volunteer registration status at InLeague (ayso76.net)
    2. Log in and navigate to the "Player and Volunteer Registration" page.
    3. Look at the "MY2019 AYSO Membership" column. Your status will either be "Pending", "Complete", or "Incomplete".
      OR
    4. If your status is "Pending" or "Complete", skip to step F below.
    5. If your status is "Incomplete", click the red "CLICK TO RESUME" button. You will need to add your DOB and last 4 of the SSN to proceed with registration. During this step, you will also e-sign your volunteer registration.
    6. Make sure your name (must use your legal name), address, DOB, and last 4 of the SSN are all correct. If your address is incorrect, you can make the correction yourself. If name, DOB, or SSN are incorrect, contact registrar@ayso76.org before proceeding further with the registration process.
    7. The next step is to wait to hear back from us. Depending on your volunteer role and history, you will either receive an invitation directly from Sterling Volunteers to do your background check, or you will hear first from Region 76 administrators to confirm you’re still interested in your chosen volunteer role and willing and able to do the required training.
    8. You will need to create an account on the Sterling Volunteers account separate from your AYSO account.
    9. Complete the application process with Sterling Volunteers and digitally sign the application form at the end of the process.
  2. Register for the live coaching course you will be attending:
    1. Go to https://login.aysou.org/ and log in to your profile you created using the same credentials as you did at InLeague.
    2. Click on "Live Courses"
    3. Click on the "Sessions" button next to the division certification for which you are applying.
    4. Scroll through the list until you find the particular live class you would like to take.
    5. Click on the name of the course for the time, location, instructions, and what to bring.
    6. Click on the "Register" button next to the course.
  3. Complete the Safe Haven Course (online):
    1. Go to https://login.aysou.org/ and log in to your profile you created using the same credentials as you did at InLeague.
    2. Click on "My Courses"
    3. Open and complete the "AYSO's Safe Haven" course.
  4. Complete the CDC Concussion Awareness Course (online):
    1. Go to https://login.aysou.org/ and log in to your profile you created using the same credentials as you did at InLeague.
    2. Click on "My Courses"
    3. Open and complete the "CDC: Concussion Course".
  5. Complete the Training Course (online):
    1. Go to https://login.aysou.org/ and log in to your profile.
    2. Click on "eCommerce".
    3. In the categories on the left, select "Coaching Training".
    4. Click on "See Details" next to the division certification for which you have applied in the previous step.
    5. Click on "Buy Now".
    6. When it comes time to pay, enter the "Gift Voucher" code you will receive from either your Division Director or the Coach Administrator. If you have not yet received a "Gift Voucher" code, please contact your Division Director.
    7. Complete the course.
  6. Attend and complete the Live Training Session you signed up for.