All AYSO coaches and assistant coaches (hereafter referred to collectively as coaches) who wish to coach in the AYSO National Games must, at a minimum:
1. Be a registered volunteer in AYSO’S registration system of record for the current AYSO membership year.
2. Have the new AYSO’s Safe Haven™ certification.
3. Have completed CDC concussion awareness training
4. Be trained per the National Coaching Program Guidelines at the age/skill level of the team they wish to enter/coach. Training must be completed and verified in AYSO’S registration system of record by March 1, 2019.
Following are the required certifications for each of the age levels: Division Minimum Required Certification
Coaches are permitted to be the coach or assistant coach for one team, and one team only.
10U Coaches who have taken ONLY the online 10U course will NOT BE ELIGIBLE to coach. The field portion of that course must also be completed.
Coaches are responsible for checking Blue Sombrero to ensure that all completed courses have been properly credited prior to March 1, 2019.
Each team must have no more than two coaches. Each coach must be 18 years of age or older. Approved coaches are the only people permitted to coach and to be in the coaching areas on the fields. If a trainer is traveling with a team, he/she will not be permitted as a substitute coach for any reason and is not allowed in the coaching areas. The coaching area is a marked box located one yard off the touchline and centered on the halfway line. It is the length of the center circle and as wide as three yards depending upon the space available. No other persons, except for the assistant referee and a fourth official (if utilized), are permitted in the coaching area. Coaches, substitutes and spectators are not permitted to enter the field of play unless requested to do so by the referee.
Substitutes, coaches and spectators are to remain on their designated side of the field within the specified areas behind the coaches’ area during the game. Spectators are to remain in their designated areas, including between the outside edges of the penalty area for the duration of the game and are not permitted to enter the field of play.
Coaches are responsible for their conduct and the conduct of their players, spectators and guests. Only positive and encouraging coaching is permitted. Negative comments towards their own players, opposing players or the referees will not be tolerated. Such behavior will result in the loss of sportsmanship points and, if serious enough, in the expulsion of a team from the National Games.