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AYSO Region 418 Chicago Lakefront

3 Easy Steps to Become an AYSO Volunteer

Step 1: Submit a Volunteer Application (See Detailed Instructions Below)

  • All volunteers must submit a volunteer application annually.
  • You can submit your volunteer application when you register your child in one of our programs, or at any time using the instructions below to add a volunteer role to your account.
  • During the volunteer application process, select the appropriate program, division, and role that you would like to sign up for and enter all required information. If you would like to volunteer in more than one role, or coach in more than one division, you must select each role, and in each program/division that you will be volunteering.
  • If you would like to volunteer but do not have a child enrolled in one of our programs, create an account for yourself as a Coach or Other Team Personnel With No Participants, and submit your volunteer application per the instructions below.

Step 2: Submit to a Background Check

  • All adult volunteers must submit to a level 2 background check annually. 
  • After you have submitted your volunteer application in Step 1, you will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers with a link to submit your background check.
  • There is a $25 background check fee which will be paid by AYSO Region 418, unless you select to pay the fee on the checkout screen. 
  • You can check the status of your background check and eligibility to volunteer for AYSO from the Volunteer Roles & Certificates page in your volunteer account.

Step 3: Volunteer Training & Certification

  • To ensure the safety of our players and the integrity of our programs, all volunteers must complete the training courses and certifications specific to their chosen role. 
  • AYSO provides free training for all volunteer roles. No experience is necessary! AYSO has developed specialized training that helps volunteers who may have little or no soccer experience quickly gain the age-appropriate knowledge and skills they need to be effective coaches, referees, team parents, and administrators. Visit the Role Descriptions & Requirements page for the training courses you will need to complete for your chosen role.
  • It only takes a few hours to become qualified as an introductory-level coach or referee. But if you're not able to commit even that much time, there are many small jobs you can help with. Even a couple of hours each season are an important contribution to your AYSO team and region. We even have volunteer roles for kids!
  • AYSO training doesn't stop, as long as you're having fun! Referees, coaches and administrators have clinics, workshops and other advanced training courses available to advance their skills.

Have These Items Ready

To make the volunteer application process quick and easy, have the following items on hand:

  • US Driver's License or State ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Contact Information for Two Personal References

Instructions to Submit Your Volunteer Application & Background Check


  • Step 1:

Log into your account and click on the Volunteer tab from your My Account page. (Use a computer or laptop to complete the volunteer application, do not use a mobile device. The application includes an electronic signature component, which is not mobile-friendly and will cause your application to not submit.)

  • Step 2:

Click Find Volunteer Roles.

  • Step 3:

Select your desired role in the correct program and division. (If you do not see your desired role, click Show More. This will allow you to choose a program and view available positions.)

  • Coaches and Team Parents, select your role in each division you wish to volunteer. 
  •  Referees, VIP Buddies, and all volunteer roles other than Coaches and Team Parents, select your role within the Volunteer Registration program.

  • Step 4:

Complete the Position Information and click Update. Make sure to enter your full legal name. 

  • Step 5:

Click on Click Here to ESign Form. Electronically sign the volunteer waiver form, and submit the volunteer application.

  • Step 6:

Submit your volunteer background check on the Sterling Volunteers website. A link will be provided upon submission of your volunteer application. There is a $25 background check fee which will be paid by AYSO Region 418, unless you select to pay the fee at checkout.

  • Step 7:

Sterling Volunteers will notify AYSO's Safe Haven Department when your background check is complete and your volunteer account will be updated accordingly as 'Eligible' to volunteer for the current AYSO membership year.  

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4507 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60640

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