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AYSO Philosophy of Coaching

In AYSO, Positive Coaching is a core philosophy. We believe that kids best develop as players when they receive positive encouragement and mentoring. Every AYSO coach is a volunteer. Come share the joy of soccer with your own child and the other members of the AYSO family of players and volunteers. We provide all the training you need. You provide the fun.

AYSO Six Philosophies
Everybody Plays
Open Registration
Balanced Teams
Positive Coaching
Good Sportsmanship
Player Development

Takeaways for Coaches

  • The coach is the most important AYSO person for the kids. You have the most contact. 
  • You make it or break it for the kids. 
  • The kids will have lasting memories about how you treat them.
  • Control the sidelines. You are responsible for your own conduct, the conduct of assistant coaches, players and parents. Most of them take their cues from you. If you are yelling at the refs and players, they will feel that it is ok to do so.  It's not. You need to set the example that all the others will follow.
  • Referees don't point out your coaching mistakes. Likewise, do not vocalize referee errors.

Region 459 Coach Administrator

Coaching Questions or Concerns:

Coach Administrator
[email protected]


Coaching AYSO soccer is about the kids having fun and developing their skills. 

How Should You Coach a Game?
Your conduct, mandated by AYSO, is to be:

  • Positive
  • Instructional
  • Encouraging

AYSO Coach Requirements

All AYSO coach volunteers must complete the following:

Current AYSO Volunteer Form (online)
Background Check (online)
Safe Haven Training (online)
SafeSport (online)
CDC Concussion (online)
AYSO Coach Training (Team's Age Division appropriate)

See How to Volunteer page

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