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Coaches FAQ

Who needs to be certified?

Every coach and assistant coach. If there are multiple assistants then each one must be certified in order to work with the players during practice. Certification means having passed the appropriate class for the age division (meaning, a 8U coach must be certified for 8U; a 10U certification by itself is not valid for 8U), Safe Haven, and Concussion Awareness training.

I coached 5U/7U last year, do I need to re-certify for 6U/8U?

No. If you coached 5U/7U last year then you should already be 6U/8U certified. The certification levels for the younger divisions are applicable for two years.

I coached several years ago; do I need to re-certify for the same age group?

No. Once you are certified for an age group, that certification is valid forever. However, if it has been a good number of years since you last coached, it might be wise to take the course again just as a refresher.

What happens if I'm out of town and cannot attend a clinic?

Apart from the July and August clinics hosted in Newbury Park, there are several offered by neighboring regions that you may attend. Clinics hosted by Areas E, V and W have an agreement where our Region is not charged. If you plan on attending a clinic outside of these Areas you may be required to pay a fee, which Region 42 will reimburse. Please contact for details. Courses are listed on AYSOU see the volunteer page for instruction.

I took the concussion course for a different sport. Do I have to take it again for AYSO?

If you took it within the last two years, then no, you don't need to do it again. However, you must email proof of completion to [email protected] so that it can be properly logged in the AYSO database.

I did my 10U course online last year, isn't that good enough?

Area E has informed us that the online courses are no longer acceptable. You might have coached in an Area where the online was OK, but not here.

Who is eligible to coach in the post-season?

Priority will go to coaches in good standing that have coached during the current season. If none of these coaches are available then a certified assistant coach will be considered. If we still need coaches then any other certified person may be considered.

How can assistant coaches get the "Coach Manual"?

The coach manual is available to everyone. Click here for the PDF version.

Where do we practice?

We have several permitted practice locations that you may request and receive a guaranteed spot to train your team. Many coaches choose to use various neighborhood parks. This is fine, but you need to understand that they are on a first come first served basis.

How does refereeing work at 7U and 8U?

Coaches will be the default referees when no other referee has signed up for a particular game. Certified referees may sign up for 7U/8U games in the referee scheduler (no referee points for 7U games, half a point for 8U as a center referee) in which case the coach will not referee the game. Remember that there is no coaching behind the goal. Refs should educate players (short discussions) about fouls called. See 7U/8U Referee Policy and Game Management Overview for more information.

My USSF 'E' license should be good enough, right?

Yes and no. There is some reciprocity between AYSO and Club soccer. Exact information can be found on the AYSO Volunteers site. However, this will not substitute for 6U, 8U or 10U certification.

I’m a coach trying to find referees for tournaments in the post season, can you help?

Yes, please see the Tournament Referees List. This lists Region 42 referees who are interested in refereeing in post season tournaments. You can e-mail them to see if they’re available for your tournaments. Alternatively, you can email the referee administrator who can help you enlist referees.

Still have questions?

Please see "The Coach's Clipboard" on the AYSO web site. For anything not covered there, contact the coach administrator.

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P.O. Box 709 
Newbury Park, California 91319

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