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:

  1. Submit Volunteer Application at eAYSO:
    1. Please go to https://www.eayso.org/
    2. Create an account if you don't already have one.
    3. If you have never volunteered with AYSO before, then you will click on "New Adult Volunteer" and click "Apply" to begin the application process for the 2018 season. If you have volunteered with AYSO in the past, then click on "Returning Adult Volunteer" and click "Apply".
  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 eAYSO.
    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 eAYSO.
    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 eAYSO.
    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.