Welcome to coaching!

Coaches, more than any other volunteer, have the biggest impact on players’ lives. Coaches wear multiple hats: they teach kids about soccer, and are also cheerleaders, educators, and team administrators, too. Sound familiar? If you can parent, you can likely coach; you already have many skills that a coach needs. If you are new to soccer, AYSO will teach you the soccer part, which is actually a smaller part of the job than you may think. 

We also welcome non-parents to coach! Parent-figures, aunts, uncles, grandparents, older siblings, cousins, trusted friends, and neighbors are all welcome to coach. We especially encourage women to coach (see Sisterhood of Soccer)! We love and greatly appreciate all of the men who coach, but feel it’s important to note that women are often underrepresented in coaching. Seeing women coaches benefits all of our children, as many players have not had a woman coach them before.

What coach jobs are there, and what does it entail?

Region 13 aims to place a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach on each team. In 6U through 8U, teams must have both a head and assistant coach since we divide the team into two smaller squads for games on side-by-side fields. In 10U-14U teams can be coached by just a Head Coach but it’s a lot more fun to coach with an Assistant.

Both coaches go through the same training, and Region 13 sees them as equivalent. We leave it to each team to decide what each coach does as different coaches have their own strengths and expertise in different areas. Usually, Head Coaches take the lead in planning practice and deciding on the lineup for games. Head Coaches are also the Region’s point of contact for the team and information is sent directly to the Head Coach during the season.

How do I sign up?

Great! Thank you for volunteering to coach!

Start here: How to become an AYSO Coach

Questions? You can also see the Coach FAQ here. Have a question that’s not on the FAQ? Contact your Division Coach Administrator (DCA) for help.

Coach Resources

We aim to provide Coaches with Resources to make coaching easier. Find these resources below:

6U through 8U Game Prep

10U through 14U Game Prep

Additional resources