U-6 Coaching Requirements

Coaching soccer to a 5/6-year old may sound scary to you, but it’s really a lot of fun. For this age, you don’t need to be an elite soccer coach, all you need to do is teach them some of the basics, let them play the game, and have a good time. You want them to get as many touches on the ball as possible (with their feet of course) and keep their little attention spans busy. Our clinics will help you with all this, and we urge you to look through our list of U6 games and other practice sessions for U6 on the Coaching Page. You will get some great, helpful & fun ideas!

In order to coach an Under 6 team, you need to meet the following training requirements below.

  • Coaching Requirement & Referee Requirement: Complete an AYSO Under 6 coaching clinic before the first team practice.
  • Safe Haven Requirement: Complete (or completed in a previous year) the 3-hour AYSO Coach Safe Haven course before the first team practice
  • Volunteer Application: Complete an “official” Volunteer application before the first team practice. (Details).
  • Concussion Awareness Training: You will need to complete the Concussion Awareness Training in order to be able to volunteer this year. You will need your AYSO ID and you can get that at eAYSO. The course can be found by clicking here: Online Concussion training

Recommended Computer Knowledge

To help organize your team, read schedules, and have excellent communication with your team and the region:

  • Have a basic knowledge of email, Word, Excel, and the internet.
  • Ability to access email every day

* If you previously completed the AYSO Youth coaching clinic, that will satisfy this requirement.
** Completing the Regional referee clinic will satisfy the referee training requirements for coaching through the Under-14 level.

U-6 Coaching Guidelines

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