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American Youth Soccer Organization Providing world class youth soccer programs that enrich children's lives.

Alhambra/Monterey Park


The AYSO Coach: Is a volunteer who teaches children soccer skills and helps them develop a positive attitude, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Coaching is a rewarding experience, as you have the opportunity to build a child's self-esteem, help them learn new skills, and have fun while doing it. Prior experience is not necessary.  AYSO will teach you to use age-appropriate training through its Certification Classes and coach clinics throughout the season.

"Winning is not everything, at AYSO we focus on player development". 

All Coaches require the following regardless of the division or age of the players they want to coach. 

  • Safe Haven Training Certification (1-time)
  • Concussion Training Certification (1-time)    
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training Certification (1-time) 
  • Safe Sport Training Certification (Every 3 years)
  • Background Check (annually) 
  • Live Scan (1-time) 
  • Regional Referee Certification (1-time)
  • Coach Certification for the specific division (1-time)

Most of these certification courses can be found on-line by clicking the Volunteer tab, followed by the AYSOU tab on your AYSO account page. In-person courses are available at locally designated areas throughout the year. A schedule of offered classes can be found under "Training Event" by clicking on the volunteer tab & AYSOU tab on your AYSO account page.

Safe Haven and Concussion Certification
The Safe Haven and Concussion certification ensures the well-being of the child is placed first, the philosophies of AYSO are understood, and teaches the coaches risk management to avoid positions unsafe to themselves and the children. It is also part of the requirements to be covered under the Volunteer Protection Act.

Age-Specific Training – Schoolyard / 6U / 8U / 10U / 12U etc.
AYSO provides coaching courses that focus on working with player in age-specific divisions to create a fun learning environment. Coaches must have an age-specific coach certification for the division they are coaching.  Higher level courses will not satisfy the requirement to be certified in a younger division. These courses have no pre-requisite and may be taken individually or in any order.

Intermediate, Advanced and National Coach Certifications
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 grant 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.

Cross certification from USSF
For coaches who hold a USSF license cross-certification is available. Unfortunately, we do not offer cross-certification from NSCAA diplomas, FA levels, or other organizations at this time. Coaches with the USSF Youth Modules may apply for U6-U12 certification. Those holding a USSF 'E' license may apply for the Intermediate certificate, and those holding a USSF 'D' license or higher may apply for the Advanced certificate. Applicants must be recommended by the Regional Commissioner and the area and section coach administrators before the application packet is sent to the AYSO National office to be approved by the AYSO National Coach. Please contact your Regional Coach Administrator for more information. 

We are now recruiting volunteer coaches. Here is AYSO’s Coach Job Description:
Coach Job Description

Please see the steps below to become a coach.

Heading the Ball

  1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players 12U and below in both practices and games.
    • Heading for players in 14U is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.
  2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.
    • The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
    • As with any Indirect Free Kick, an indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s Goal Area, must be taken on the Goal Area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
  3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

Steps to Become a Coach

The following is the entire Coach Volunteer Process:

  • Annually: Your Background Check (Risk Status) can be started by logging in to your account and going to the Volunteer Tab. Then select the Certification and click on Renew & Update.
  • Every 3 Years: Volunteer coaches much attain their SafeSport certification. It can be started by logging in to your account and going to the Volunteer Tab. Then select the Certification and click on Renew & Update. Recertification is 30 minutes.
  • One Time: For the Sudden Cardiac Arrest certification (SCA), you can go to AYSOU from your Volunteer Tab. 
  • One Time: For the Division you would like to coach: Schoolyard, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U. Coach Course, go to AYSOU from the Volunteer Tab. Click on the Training Library and find the course to complete in the Training Event Tab to have it completed in person. 
  • One Time: Regional Referee Course, It’s a requirement that all Coaches are at least certified Regional Referees. 


The following resources are made available to support coaches with their teams.

School Yard Program
The children learn FUNdamental motor skills such as running, jumping, twisting and dodging, as well as soccer skills like kicking, dribbling, and stopping the ball, but in a low-pressure setting.  The following resources are a sequence of weekly activities that build on each other, over a 10-week period (weekly activities can be repeated as needed). 
Coach Clinics

National Partners

Contact Us

AYSO Region 60 Alhambra/Monterey Park

P.O. Box 7817 
Alhambra, California 91801

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 626-244-7374
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