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Ready to Coach?

With over 800 players registering for the Fall season, we need YOU!  If you have you ever considered coaching … now is your chance!  Region 117 will train you for free!  The rewards are immeasurable and the memories are priceless!

What do I need to do to Coach?

1. Fill out a volunteer application by logging into your Blue Sombrero account above. This registers you as a volunteer in the AYSO National Database for the current season. A volunteer form must be completed once every year.

2. Complete the Safe Haven and Concussion certifications at AYSOU. You need to be a currently registered volunteer in Blue Sombrero to access AYSOU.  Mark your calendar for an upcoming Area 11K Training Academy (CLICK HERE) to complete your required age appropriate coach certification.

Should you have any questions about coaching, contact 

Jodi Young
Regional Coach Administrator
[email protected].

AYSO Safe Haven Child and Volunteer Protection Training Online

All Coaches, Referees and Volunteers are required to complete the CDC Concussion Course found under the Safe Haven Training. In order to qualify as Certified in Safe Haven trained, you must either attend a Safe Haven Certification session and pass the test with a satisfactory score, or complete this online certification and answer all of the questions correctly.

Online Safe Haven Certification Child and Volunteer Protection course - required for all Coaches and Referees - can now be taken from home!

To take a Safe Haven course, please click here: AYSOU In order to register for a course you will need your AYSO ID number which can be found by logging into your account above he volunteer section of your account, or by creating a new account and completing your volunteer form to generate a new ID number.

Qualifications, Region 117 specific AYSO Coach Certification

All coaches must complete the following in addition to age specific requirements:
 1. Current AYSO Volunteer Form including Background Check
 2. Safe Haven (Online)
 3. CDC Concussion Awareness (Online)
 4. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training (Online)
 5. SafeSport (Online)
 6. Live Scan Fingerprinting (1x AYSO Lifetime)

DivisionRecreationalExtra Play Teams
  • 6U Coach
  • n/a
  • 8U Coach
  • n/a
  • 10U Coach
  • 10U Coach 12U Coach
  • Regional Referee
  • n/a
  • 10U Coach, 12U Coach and Intermediate Coach
  • Regional Referee
  • 12U Coach
  • 12U Coach and Intermediate Coach
  • Regional Referee
  • Intermediate Coach
  • Advance Coach
  • Regional Referee

  • Advance Coach
  • n/a

*Certification requirements apply to both Head Coach and Assistant Coach

Certification Prerequisites

Safe Haven (Online)Nothing
6U CoachNothing
8U CoachNothing
10U CoachNothing
12U CoachNothing
Intermediate Coach12U Coach
Advanced CoachIntermediate
National CoachAdvanced Coach

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.

Certifications can also be earned by attending similar clinics in other Regions and Areas. So, if you cannot make one of our clinics, please check the websites of other Regions within Area K, or other Areas within Section 11 (see links below).

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9114 Adams Ave. #150 
Huntington Beach, California 92646

Email Us: [email protected]
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