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As an all-volunteer organization, AYSO depends entirely on parent and other adult volunteers to act as coaches and referees.  We are always looking for people who are interested in coaching kids in soccer!

Many of our first-year coaches in the younger divisions (6U – 8U and even 10U) 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 with your knowledge of the game, we offer plenty of on-line and live classes and support to make your experience a success.

Game Day Fields

Field Setup

Teams scheduled for the first game of the day are required to assemble the goals and place corner posts. The goals and corner posts are generally located in a storage closet at the snack bar of Barney Schwartz Park. Field setup should be completed so that games can begin on the scheduled time. Coaches should ask for volunteers from the team to perform this responsibility. Goals must be secured to the ground with stakes and safe for game play. Coaches and Referees need to walk the play area to ensure there are no objects that would cause injury to players during the game.  

Field Tear Down

Teams scheduled for the last game of the day are required to disassemble the goals, remove corner posts, and Kids Zone signs. The goals, stakes, and corner posts must be placed in the container. Coaches should ask for volunteers from the team to perform this responsibility. Please ensure that no stakes/nails are left out on the field.

Small-Sided Matches

U.S. Soccer has mandated, for its member associations, small-sided matches as part of the Player Development Initiatives. Match play shall be governed by the FIFA Laws of the Game as modified by AYSO (with permission), the AYSO National Rules & Regulations and the age appropriate AYSO Coach Manual.

Youth players need to practice in a match-like environment, which provides numerous opportunities to practice and repeat a skill; not one possible chance every few minutes (like full-sided play can often present). Therefore, the concentrated ebb and flow of small-sided matches create the optimal learning environment for young players to develop.

There are unlimited benefits of small-sided matches:
• Children learn more when the ratio of coach to player is reduced
• Maximize ball contact, involvement, and mistakes (markers for improvement)
• Increase scoring opportunities
• Maximize attacking and defending play
• Maximize transitions and decision-making situations
• Present more coaching opportunities (observation and analysis)
• Excitement and fun!

To cultivate the numerous benefits of small-sided matches and maximize Player Development, AYSO has carefully balanced the number of players on the field and the number of players on the roster by age group.

Check out more about small-sided matches HERE

Coaches Tips

Exemplify Being Effort-Focused Over Outcome-Focused
Teach your team that you care more about effort than outcome. This creates a safe space for them to learn and grow. While winning is important and should be part of the goal, it's not everything and the only thing. Emphasize skill-building and teamwork, influence confidence positively, and praise effort.

Identify Your Why
Why do you coach? What's your coaching philosophy? What matters most to you? If your answer to any of these is only winning and only about you, you might be in coaching for the wrong reasons. Knowing your why can help guide how you coach, what you say, and what you stand for.

Communicate with other coaches, with parents when necessary, and with your players. Be open and honest. Do your best to create a safe, respectful space for players to come to you to talk about sport or other topics. Equally as important as your communication with others is your communication with yourself. If you notice your self-talk is more negative, work on countering it with something more positive. Your players will pick up on your communication, even with yourself, so be sure to use language that facilities you in your coaching role.

Coaching is a performance too, and throughout the course of a training or match, coaches are faced with several decisions. Preview potential scenarios, personnel, choices, decisions, and options ahead of time, so when you face them in the moment, you’re prepared, calm and focused.

Give Your Players A Voice
Allow for your players to have some autonomy and say in their experience. Doing so contributes to players feeling like they matter, and can facilitate motivation, confidence and fun. Maybe let them choose a fun drill or game at the end of practice, or include their input in the upcoming game plan, or their perspective during halftime adjustments.

After each coaching experience, reflect on your performance. What went well today? What would you do differently next time? What stood out? What can you learn? Being reflective builds self-awareness and facilitates growth. Just as we expect our players to practice, learn, and progress, we should be doing the same as coaches.

How to Register as a Volunteer Coach

How to Register as a Volunteer Coach

Log into your AYSO account at If the account is under your spouse they will need to add you as a registered user.

»Click on "Volunteer" in left hand column
»Click on "Find Volunteer Roles" button on the upper right
»Select 'Head Coach" and complete the form.

Once completed you will need to access and complete your Safesport Training

  1. Login to your Sports Connect account where you registered as a volunteer.
  2. Click on the volunteer tab on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Click on SafeSport box
  4. Click on Renew and Update
  5. A screen will pop up where you will click on the “click HERE” link or copy and paste the URL into your browser to begin training

You will also receive an email invitation from [email protected] to complete a Background Check. Please complete this as soon as possible.

Training Requirements

Next you will need to complete the following Volunteer training requirements: 

»Log into your AYSO account
»Click on "Volunteer" in the left hand column
»Click on "AYSOU" button on the upper right
»Click on "Training Library" on the left hand side
»Click on "Safe Haven" View Courses
You will need to enroll and complete AYSO Safe Haven CourseCDC Concussion Awareness and Simons Heart Sudden Cardiac Arrest 
»Return to "Training Library"
»Click on "Coaching" View Courses
»Enroll and complete the coaching session for your age division.

When you completed all of your training and the Sterling Background Check, please contact Stephanie at [email protected] so we can send you to the final step of getting your fingerprints done.

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Paso Robles AYSO Region 741

AYSO Region 741, PO Box 3412
Paso Robles, California 93447

Email Us: [email protected]
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