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Volunteer Road map

Thank you for volunteering with AYSO Region 97!   All coaches, referees and administrators are volunteers.  Your community service enables the youth in our area the affordable opportunity to play the game of soccer, learn good sportsmanship, and build new friendships.

AYSO has developed special training that helps parents who may have little or no soccer experience to quickly gain the age-appropriate skills they need to be effective coaches and referees.  This ensures that each community AYSO program:  1) creates a safe environment for the children being served; 2) abides by the American Youth Soccer Organization philosophies; and 3) provides adequate training for volunteers to facilitate a great experience.

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, including field set-up or team parent.  Even a couple of hours each season are an important contribution to your player's team and our Region.

All volunteers must complete the following three easy steps:

  1. Register and fill out a volunteer form at (required each season).
  2. After registering, volunteers must submit to a background check to check for criminal history (required each season).  This screening helps to protect our youth and fellow volunteers.  Look for an email from Sterling Volunteers and complete.
  3. Complete the following three online modules at (required once in a lifetime) using the same user ID/password from step #1.  Courses can be located in the "Online Courses" tab.  
    1. AYSO's Safe Haven
    2. CDC:  Concussion Course
    3. AYSO's Summary of the Laws of the Game

To become an AYSO coach

In addition to completing the three core modules listed above, you must be certified at the age level you are coaching. 

Coach training requirements:

  • 6U Coach:  online 6U Coach Training course
  • 8U Coach:  online 8U Coach Training course

  • 10U Coach:  online 10U Coach Training module + in-person 10U field companion class (2-3 hours); OR comprehensive 8 hour in-person class 

  • 12U coach:  online 12U Coaching Training Pre-Course + in-person 12U course

  • 14U coach:  online Intermediate Coach Pre-Course + in-person Intermediate Coach class

  • 16U+ coach:  online Advanced Coach module + in-person Advanced Coach class

Online training modules for coaches can be found at  Note, you have to register as a volunteer before you are able to log in for the first time.

To register for in-person coach training:

  • Click 'In-Person Courses’ on the red bar

  • Click on 'Instructor Led Courses'

  • Find and register for your class

Follow this link to find the Referee training road map

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Newport AYSO Region 97

PO Box 1848 
Newport Beach, California 92659

Email Us: [email protected]
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