Each AYSO Coach must be (1) Certified at the level appropriate for their division, (2) a Registered Volunteer, and (3) Certified for Safe Haven. Please see the sections below for more information on each of these.
It may sound like a lot, but it does not take long. By completing these steps, you will be given the age-appropriate knowledge needed to teach and develop the “love of the game” to a new generation of soccer players, all done in a fun, safe and supported environment.
Note: While Safe Haven and divisional Coach Certifications need only be taken once (although you are welcome to retake them), Volunteer registration must be done every year.
On Saturday, June 20, we will run a Coach Certification at the AYSO 418 Registration Event. Please make your selection soon so that we can arrange for the appropriate number of trainers!
All sessions are active field session hence you will need athlectic attire, soccer ball and a water bottle. Division-specific Certifications are required in order to receive a team! Division-specific certifications do NOT expire! i.e. if you have taken U8 before for an older sibling, you are not required to take it again. Send the Coach Administrator an email if your are unsure of your certification profile.
Saturday's Coach Certification will be held at Clarendon Park, which is at 4501 N. Clarendon Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640. There is a medium sized parking lot and ample street parking on the perimeter of the park along Clarendon, Wilson, Marine and Montrose streets.
Getting this step completed this Saturday will assure you a team slot for the Fall 2015/2016 Season. (In addition to updating Volunteer Application and any other online certifications i.e. Safe Haven and U8/U10 online.)
You need your AYSO ID# to get your Safe Haven Certification. Steps 1-4 explain how you view your AYSO ID# and current certifications:
All coaches must be certified for the age group that they plan to coach for the season. Why? These courses build confidence, communicate expectation and reinforce "Kid Zone" values that help all of us adults make the most of soccer for all of our 3,000 kids in the 418! We help you know the soccer you need to know and understand the physiology and psychology of the age group you will be coaching, while teaching you great games to help everyone learn soccer skills and have fun on the pitch.
||Online Training||Field/Class Certification|
||U6 is Online-only. Upper divisions see below.
|U12||No online training for U12, U14.|
*In cases where both online and field certification are offered, we highly recommend that
coaches complete the online training first, followed by the field certification course.