Glenview AYSO Region 362

What’s required to become an AYSO coach?

If you’re willing to contribute your time and effort to ensuring that kids have a fun experience in a fair and safe program, then you possess the necessary prerequisites to become an AYSO coach. Regardless of whether or not you know a lot about soccer, AYSO will provide the training and tools to help you become a good coach. We’ve had plenty of moms and dads that started out knowing little about soccer that have gone on to become terrific coaches!

AYSO has implemented important steps to ensure that every child has the best possible soccer learning experience. Implemented on August 1, 2010, coaches and assistant coaches in the U-6 division in every region are required to have AYSO age-appropriate training and AYSO Safe Haven® certification when they take the field. The new coach training policy will roll forward each year adding one additional level of required age-specific coach training until, by the 2015 membership year, every AYSO coach and assistant coach at every level will be appropriately trained for the team they coach.

Coaches and assistant coaches of:

     • Any level must have taken Safe Haven;
     • Kindergarten teams are required to have taken the U-6 course;
     • 1st and 2nd grade teams are required to have taken the U-8 course;
     • 3rd and 4th grade teams are required to have taken the U-10 course;
     • 5th and 6th grade teams are required to have taken the U-12 course;
     • 7th and 8th grade teams, taking the Intermediate (U-14) course is highly recommended (and will be required next year).

Note that, for example, if you have taken the U-10 course, and you will be coaching a U-6 team, you must take the U-6 course (i.e. taking a higher level course does not satisfy the requirement for coaching a lower level team). And once you have taken a course, you are not required to take it again.

Coach training sessions in Glenview and nearby regions (e.g. Deerfield, Skokie, Chicago) are usually held in July and August. Courses are also offered in March at the Area “Road Show”. Check for courses and sign up on

Safe Haven, U-6, and U-8 courses can be taken on-line instead of attending in-person. A portion of the U-10 course can be taken on-line with a follow-up field-only session.

Other information:

Please be aware that it is mandatory that all coaches take the Safe Haven course prior to coaching, and to have a current volunteer form on file. If you have already taken Safe Haven or a specific level coach training course once, it is not required that you take it again. You can take any course again for a refresher.

Also, depending upon what division your children are in, you may have noticed that there aren’t enough referees. If you could drum up any interest with your parents to become referees, that would be appreciated also. Having trained and certified referees is an important side of the AYSO triangle: coaches, referees, parents each being one side of the triangle, with the kids in the middle.


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LETTER TO COACHES - 2014-2015 Season

Thank you,
Paul Zieske
Glenview Region 362 Coach Trainer

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