AYSO is a world leader in child development through soccer. Nationwide, AYSO is run almost entirely by volunteers, and we support one another by offering extensive training for all of our volunteers. AYSO’s Safe Haven program was the first of its kind in youth sports, most notably in soccer. It creates a safe environment for players and volunteers to have a happy and healthy soccer experience. This is why AYSO’s Safe Haven is the most important course that you will ever take in AYSO. It’s the foundation upon which all of our child development programs are built.
After completing AYSO’s Safe Haven, we have other courses that will teach you about Coaching, Refereeing, Management, and even Sports Health training (starting with Concussion). But all of these courses are built upon a structure of managing ourselves to develop children through the framework we teach in AYSO’s Safe Haven.
To register for AYSO’s Safe Haven, you must first apply to become an AYSO volunteer.
Once that is done, click AYSOU.org > click Online Courses > AYSO’s Safe Haven 2020 > complete the online course.
PLEASE NOTE: Coaches must take the in-person version of AYSO’s Safe Haven course. The in-person version of AYSO’s Safe Haven is interactive, and you will receive instruction from an experienced AYSO volunteer who can answer all questions and challenge you with discussion. We consider in-person instruction mandatory for Coaches because Coaches have the closest and most frequent contact with children in our programs, and we trust our Coaches to promote AYSO’s principles and philosophies — and to manage themselves and everyone else on the team according to the guidelines we teach in AYSO’s Safe Haven.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. E-mail our Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA) by email to CVPA@ayso13.org.