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The AYSO Coach teaches children soccer skills and helps them develop a positive attitude, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Coaching is a rewarding experience because you have the opportunity to build a child's self-esteem, help them learn new skills, make friends and have a lot of fun. Coaching your child's team can be one of the most rewarding experiences of all! AYSO will teach you to use unique age-appropriate training through its Certification Classes.

Safe Haven Coach and Concussion Certification
All AYSO Coaches must complete the Safe Haven and Concussion 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
AYSO provides coaching courses that focus on working with player in age-specific divisions to create a fun learning environment. Coaches in 6U, 8U, 10U and 12U must have the age specific coach certification for the age they are coaching. There are no substitutes. 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. See the chart below for more information.

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.

Cross certification from USSF
For coaches who hold a USSF license and a substantial coaching history, 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. The full procedure is described in the AYSO Reciprocity Equivalency Agreement.

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

Please see the four 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.

Becoming a Coach

Thank you for becoming a COACH for our kids in AYSO Region 60!

Please follow these required steps to become a coach:

1. First, complete all the steps to become a volunteer [clear here for more info]. This must be done every membership year, including returning coaches.

2. Complete the following certification courses using the eTrainU System [click here for instructions to access eTrainU]:
    -AYSO Safe Haven
    -Coach Course appropriate for the Division you will be coaching.  See the matrix below for additional information.
    -CDC Concussion Awareness Training
    -Sudden Cardiac Arrest On-line Training

Note to longtime coaches: If you took Safe Haven before 2012, you will need to update your Safe Haven credentials by taking the new version of the class. Looking at your course transcript history (in eAYSO or eTrainU), you will satisfy this requirement if your transcript shows credit for the class entitled, “AYSOs Safe Haven”.

For questions on registering as a volunteer, please contact our Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA) at [email protected] .

For questions on becoming a coach, please contact David Soto, coach admin at  [email protected]. 




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). 


The following video demonstrations are from the 2020 Skills Program, and present several types of drills and formats for developing skills.



  • Server-Receiver Drill. Pass-and-Move [click here]
  • Server-Receiver Drill. Directional Control [click here]


  • Stepover Skills: From standing in place, to the Skills Box to using in Line Drills [click here]

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AYSO Region 60 Alhambra/Monterey Park

P.O. Box 7817 
Alhambra, California 91802

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