Head Coaches will be assigned one AYSO soccer team. All coaches must have filled out and submitted a Volunteer Application, received a Coach Clinic certification for their age division, received a Safe Haven Clinic certification, and attended a General Coaches Meeting prior to the start of the season before they can receive their roster and team equipment.
Coaches who already have a Coach Clinic certification for their age division do not have to take the course again.  If you have never taken a Safe Haven Clinic, now is your chance! It is a requirement for all AYSO Volunteers. Anyone wishing to take it as a refresher is also welcome!

Coach training and Safe Haven classes are listed on the Training page.
For the Fall season, coaches generally commence practice at the beginning of August and games usually start the 3rd week of August.  The regular season typically ends around the third week of October.

To volunteer to become a Coach or Assistant Coach, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Emmy Kawchank, at

AYSO recommends that U6 teams schedule a training session (practice) once a week and U8 and older teams schedule training twice a week.  Each training session should last between 60 and 90 minutes each.  When the season begins, there will be one to two games per week in addition to the recommended number of training sessions.


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AYSO manuals were updated for the 2013 season. 
The new coaching manuals were completely re-written and re-structured for ages U-6 through U-12. The manuals feature a season's worth of complete, age-appropriate training sessions that you can use at practice from start to finish!  

Brief Summary of Age Specific Rules
 Age Group

 U5  U6    U8   U10  U12  U14  U16  U19
 # of Players  

 3 v 3    3 v 3  5 v 5   7 v 7   9 v 9  9 v 9  11 v 11  11 v 11
 Ball Size

     3         3  3  4  4  5  5  5
 Length of Halves

    10            15  20  25  30  35  40  45

No  No  No  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Retakes with Instruction Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes, first two weeks only  No  No  No  No

 No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes