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Coaches

It's About What's Good For The Kids

AYSO is a volunteer-run organization. Coaches, referees and administrators are volunteers. Over 220,000 parents, neighbors, relatives and friends lend their time and talents so that each child gets a terrific AYSO experience.

AYSO’s volunteer foundation ensures that it’s all about what’s good for kids. It also makes AYSO very affordable. AYSO operates in a business manner, but volunteers ensure its “profits” are happy, healthy kids playing a sport they can enjoy for life.

AYSO has developed special training that helps parents who may have little or no soccer experience quickly gain the age-appropriate knowledge and skills they need to be effective coaches and referees. It also has unique administrative and management training. This ensures that each community program:

  • Abides by the AYSO philosophies
  • Offers a great AYSO experience
  • Continues to grow, offering the AYSO opportunity to more children

It only takes a few hours to become qualified as an introductory-level coach or referee. But if you’re not able to commit even that much time, there are many small jobs you can help with. Even a couple of hours each season are an important contribution to your team and Region!

AYSO training doesn’t stop as long as you’re having fun. Referees, coaches and administrators have clinics, workshops and other advanced training available to advance their skills.

Making A Difference In Children’s Lives

 

Coach and Team Huddle

A coach can be the most influential person in a child’s life. In AYSO, Positive Coaching is a fundamental philosophy because of the crucial role that a coach has. Coaching in AYSO is a chance to spend quality time with your own child but you’ll also provide an important role model for all the children on your team. In fact, the joy of coaching is so meaningful, that many AYSO coaches continue coaching long after their own children have moved on from AYSO. Soccer knowledge is a plus, but AYSO provides training and materials so that even a soccer novice can coach effectively by starting in the younger age divisions. Being a coach involves skills you probably already have in addition to specific soccer knowledge. If you are uncertain, try being an assistant coach. Your Region's Coach Administrator will be happy to try to match you up with somebody with a little more experience.

There is no charge for the quality instruction before and during the season for our coaches, assistant coaches and team parents.  Uniforms and equipment are also provided free of charge.   

Register Online each year

Please register online as a volunteer at eayso.org, print 2 copies, sign and mail in these forms to:

AYSO 41 Volunteer
PMB 268
PO Box 30012
Laguna Niguel, CA  92607-0012

Questions?

Regional Coach Administrator:  RCA@AYSO41.org
Child/Volunteer Protection Advocate: CVPA@ASYO41.org

Planning tools are available on the website.  You will find helpful information in the Document File - in both the Documents and Forms sections for such things as: Team Meeting Letter, Rules for U6 and U8, Pre Season Checklist, Player Layout formations, Team Line Up Sample, and much more.  Also check out all the resources on ayso.org for coaches!

We want you to have fun!

History Of AYSO

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was established in the Los Angeles area in 1964 with nine teams. It was the dream of a group of devoted soccer enthusiasts who started the organization in a garage. Today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players.