Frequently Asked Questions - Coaching

Are Coaches paid?

No. AYSO is an all-volunteer organization, so all coaches are volunteers. As are all of the board members, referees, team managers and everyone else who works hard each week to provide a quality soccer experience for the kids.

I would like to be an AYSO coach; what should I do?

The first step is to indicate that you wish to volunteer as a coach when you register your child to play. Your name will then be forwarded to the Coach Administrators, who will send you information concerning the registration and training requirements (which are all described on this website). In July, the Division Commissioners will contact coach volunteers and compile a list of likely head coaches. Assistant coach volunteers will be contacted after the teams are formed in August.

Why do I need coaching training and a coaching badge in AYSO?

In AYSO, our primary concern is the welfare of the children. Coaches have a unique opportunity to have a life-long impact on young, impressionable people. AYSO has worked very hard to design training for all of our volunteers that is specific to the needs of the children. AYSO training goes beyond just the technical aspects of soccer - it addresses the age-specific developmental needs of each child. Accordingly, coaches must have the training (and a corresponding "badge") that is specific to the age group they will coach.

Can anyone be an assistant coach?

We only allow two coaches during a game - a head coach and one assistant coach per team. As of 2011, all assistant coaches must have the same age-level training as the head coach of the team.

I've never played soccer before; can I still coach?

Absolutely. Our training classes cover everything from the rules to the basic fundamentals. At the younger age levels, youth soccer is about creating a fun environment for the kids to learn the game. .

Will I be able to coach my child's team?

Yes. All coaches are guaranteed to be assigned to their own child's team.

What should I do if I'm having problems with the coach?

If a serious problem should arise concerning the coach, the parents should talk with the coach in a calm manner and try to work out the problems like adults, away from the players (preferably this meeting will be done outside of practice or games). If no solution can be reached at this meeting, the parents should contact the Division Commissioner. If the problem persists, set up a meeting with the Coach Administrator, Division Commissioner and Coach. Problems can usually be solved through effective and timely communication.

My daughter doesn't get along with her coach; can she change teams?

Discuss the problem with your child and the coach and try to resolve the problem between yourselves. It is impossible to move players between teams after they have been formed.