For Coaches

We are always looking for people who are interested in coaching their kids in soccer!

Many of our first-year coaches in the younger divisions (U06 – U08 and even U10) have never coached or necessarily even played soccer before but yet have a very successful year. For those of you who are considering coaching your child but do not feel comfortable yet with your knowledge of the game, we offer plenty of Training Clinics and support to make your experience a success!

If you have questions not answered on this web site, please feel free to contact our Coach Administrator at

For those of you who have signed up to be a coach, you need to do the following to be ready:

  • Register as an AYSO volunteer (an annual requirement).
  • Take AYSO Safe Haven training for Coaches (a one-time requirement).
  • Attend the Coaches Meeting in early August.
  • Attend one of more of the coach certification training sessions.
  • If you are volunteering to be a Head Coach and you want someone special to be your assistant, please see the FAQ question on how to do this.

New Coaches – Detailed Instructions

If you are new to coaching, please visit the New Coaches page for detailed steps on registering as an AYSO volunteer, taking AYSO Safe Haven training and signing up for the correct training class.

Returning Coaches – Detailed Instructions

If you have coached in AYSO in the past, please visit the Returning Coaches page for detailed steps on re-registering as an AYSO volunteer and signing up for the correct training class.

Training Clinics

Region 45 tries to offer a number of clinics for new and experienced coaches alike. Please see the Coach Training Clinics page for dates, times, places and more info.

Coaches Meeting

A mandatory meeting for all coaches will be held before the start of the season. This is typically held in early August. If you cannot attend this meeting, please contact your Division Coordinator to make alternate arrangements.

Practice Fields

Each Head Coach works with their Division Coordinator to schedule practice field time at one of our fields from a pool of available practice field space assigned to that Division Coordinator. For a list of fields and the divisions that are typically assigned to those fields, please visit the Fields page.

If inclimate weather is present or in the forecast or we have had recent rain, please visit the Rain Out Policy page for field closure hotline numbers and our general policy.

Please honor any signs of field closure even if it means losing a practice. Sometimes, the fields are closed suddenly before we are notified and we need you to honor that closure.

At all locations, please avoid worn areas to limit damage to the turf, and use good judgment. If the players are getting muddy, it may be time to shift the practice to a less exposed area of the field. Note that many of our fields show bare areas after repeated use, particularly in front of the goals, which are easily torn up by cleats. Please practice away from these areas, and DO NOT USE THE GOAL AREAS FOR PRACTICES. Use cones to mark off practice areas which avoid the worn spots.

Recommended Amount of Practice

  • U07 – one 60-minute session each week
  • U08 – one 75-minute session each week
  • U10 – two 75 minute sessions each week
  • U12 and above – two 90 minute sessions each week

Mentoring Program

Region 45 provides mentoring assistance for new coaches. If you would like an experienced coach to help you get started, or if you are experienced and would like to assist a new coach in getting started, please contact our Coach Administrator at

Game Card Procedures

Before each game, the coach must give the referees an AYSO game card (Lineup Form). These cards should be printed from Sports Connect and filled out before each game.

Be sure to observe the following points when you complete your game card:

  1. Make sure your team number, colors and coaches names are correct.
  2. List the players numerically by jersey number.
  3. List the players full names legibly, last name first.
  4. List all players on the roster, even if some are absent or unable to play.
  5. Do not mark any boxes to indicate when players will be participating or staying out.
  6. Fill in the date, time and location of the game.

You should tell the referee which players, if any, are absent or otherwise unable to play. Also, tell the referee which players will be sitting out during the first period of play. The referee will make the appropriate notations on the card.  Please do not mark them ahead of time.

Make a substitution plan on a separate sheet of paper in advance. You may not have time once you are at the playing field to copy the Lineup Card to a separate sheet.

To Download a Game Substitution Planner: [download id=”7″ format=”2″]

The referees will enter the game cards into Sports Connect the week after each game.

Accident Reporting

If a player or registered adult volunteer (such as a Coach or Assistant Coach) becomes injured during practice or a game, the injury must be reported. Please visit our Accident Reporting page for instructions.

Email list

A key means of communication with coaches during the season is email.  Region 45 maintains an email list which allows mail to be sent to every coach on the list.

To subscribe yourself to the coaches mailing list, if you have not already been automatically subscribed, please visit: