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Coaching children is a very rewarding experience. And coaching your own child's team can be one of the most rewarding experiences of all! Coaches are pivotal to having children get the AYSO experience. Do you have little or no experience with soccer? No problem! AYSO will teach you, based on the age level you are coaching. Unique age-appropriate coach training is one of AYSO's specialties. If you plan to be at your child's soccer practices and games, you'll also have time to be your child's coach. Coaches are needed in all age groups. You furnish the willingness and commitment and we'll furnish the training and support.

How Do I Become a Coach?
To become an AYSO coach, you must be certified in the age level you are coaching. Certification takes four easy steps.
1st - Volunteer  Fill out a volunteer form online.
2nd - Safe Haven  To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short online training session called Safe Haven. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as other on-field issues. You can take this course at
3rd - Concussion Awareness  To ensure physical safety of players, each coach volunteer is required to take a short online training session called AYSO CDC Concussion Awareness. This course teaches you how to recognize signs of possible concussion and what to do if a concussion is suspected. You can take this course at
4th - Age Appropriate Coach Training. Whether you coach 5 year olds, or 17 year olds (and all ages in between), AYSO has a coach training course tailored specifically to the age group you coach. Our age-appropriate training techniques focus on the mental and physical abilities of each age group, within the context of player development. Coach training courses are offered by Region 225 prior to the start of each season; we post date/time/location information on our Region 1654 website’s home page.  Here is more specific details on the age-specific coaching courses:

Age GroupOnline / In PersonLength Of Course
6U & 8UDelivered OnlineSelf-Paced / A few hours
10U & 12UIn Person Required5 Hours
14U (Intermediate)In Person + FieldSession15 hours
16U & 19U (Advanced)In Person + Field Session18 Hours


1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players 11U (12U and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.
Heading for players in 14U is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.
2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.
a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken  on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with  his/her head.
3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.
Tyson Davis
Regional Commissioner
AYSO Region 1654

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Waddell, Arizona 85355

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Phone : 623-570-7630
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