In order to be a coach (OR an assistant coach) for an Under-8 team, you must meet the following training/certification requirements.
- Coaching Requirement
- Complete an AYSO Under 8 coaching clinic before the first team practice; or
- Have previously completed a 4-hour AYSO Under 8 (or higher level) coaching clinic*
- Referee Requirement
- Complete either a 3 1/2-hour Under 6/Under 8 (“mini”) referee clinic, or a 9-hour Regional referee clinic** before the first game of the season; or
- You are already an AYSO certified Regional (or higher) referee.
- Safe Haven Requirement
- Complete (or completed in a previous year) the 3-hour AYSO Coach Safe Haven course before the first team practice
- Volunteer Form
- Complete an “official” Volunteer form, and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator, before the first team practice. (Details).
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.